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  1. Really looking forward to this and that first meeting 'smell' from the bike fuel. Unfortunately CL meeting looks rather lopsided, It was 59-31 in 2019 and whilst I think Eagles are stronger primarily with Brennan and Kemp for Morley and Bowtell Newcastle are much weaker losing all three heat leaders and only recruiting Ben Barker at that level. They have done the right thing to try and ensure survival and I hope they can spring some surprises. The NL should be a much better match with three clashes between Clegg and Knight very much the juiciest. I also fancy Kelsey Dugard to put on a bit of a show with a certain amount of 'feeling' and something to prove.. I am particularly looking forward to seeing that tiny tot who used to hesitantly ride round on a small machine for years before the Elite League matches. I have not seen him since he turned 15 but I understand Nathan Ablett is now quite a prospect and this will be his home debut. The weather forecast is sunny with showers so looks promising.
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    Leicester Lion Cubs 2021

    Does that mean that they can bring in George Rothery in for Tigger ? Why is any team allowed to declare an uqualified (for age) rider in the team ? Eastbourne have e really good prospect in Vinnie Joe-Foord who will also be 15 in July but did not declare him instead they have declared Nick Laurence who was allready booked to 'Spanner' for the championship. There is a strong belief that he is filing in until Vinnie is qualified when they can re-declare.
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    NL fantasy team... for fun

    1 J Edwards 7.53 2 K Dugard 3.35 3 H Atkins 5.86 4 D Thompson 5.50 5 J Thompson 6.48 6 H McGurk 3.00 7 N Ablett 3.00 Total 34.72
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    If Kelsey Dugard has matured and sets his mind to it he could keep Newcastle of the bottom and I expect JPB to be a big success at Belle Vue Kent look a bit vulnerable 1 Eastbourne 2 Mildenhall 3 Belle Vue 4 Leicester 5 Kent 6 Berwick 7 Newcastle 8 Armadale With the tight restrictions on Guests the real winner will be the one that avoids injuries and does not need to have a guest..
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    Eastbourne 2021

    As I remember Richard Andrews was not the best of riders but high on the entertainment ladder when last an Eagle and became very popular. However he did sometimes endanger himself and had some injuries. I would be surprised if Danno Verge does not feature in the team sometime this year. With an inevitable gain of 14 average points up for grabs every meeting (84-70) some of the second strings or reserves may well exceed Danno's starting average and be available to replace. The only real risk is when doubling up and that only applies to Atkins and appears to have been allowed for in the fixture list. You can bet that Danno is already inked in for a team place for 2022.
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    Eastbourne 2021

    Henry Atkins says watch his FB on Tuesday for some big news so it looks like the forecasters were right. It would just leave a 3.00 pointer to come.
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    Eastbourne 2021

    Was there not a youngster called Sonney Springer ? riding second halves and looked promising a few years back and could be 15 now and a 3.00 possibility.
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    Eastbourne 2021

    I cannot find any average for Jake other than NL so he will presumably make a good 'No 8' for the eagles
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    Eastbourne 2021

    I would go with Dandelion;s orignal suggestion except for Spooner' I would bet my Easter Bunny on Edwards being a shoo in to save on travel costs and would love Henry Atkins in for Spooner. Unfortunately that would necessitate another change to save .16 points so I would settle for Luke Harris instead of Spooner. Luke had a decent season with the eagles in 2018 and showed a lot of improvement when a visitor with Cradley in 2019 , He also rode a lot for Reading if I remember in the MDLat Arlington and was only beaten by Tom Brennan, he certainly knows the trackliked the track
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    Confirmed Signings for 2021

    The Mildenhall total is over the limit now so presume Jason Edwards will fall away and be at Eastbourne as he will be at the venue with some meetings double headers CL/NL
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    Eastbourne 2021

    Surely Georgie Wood is a certainty, one of the most popular eagles and a thrill to watch and Charlie Brooks is another unless already elsewhere. As Max Clegg is going to lead Newcastle we would need a Georgie to compete with him.
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    2021 Season

    Glasgow are not alone Eastbourne are already on record fully supporting them. Has any other championship side acted similarly?
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    Eastbourne 2020

    Tom Brennan in Australia in the Jack Young cup won his first two races but fell third time out and missed his last ride, so he is up and running. Dan Bewley won it with 12 point max .
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    Eastbourne 2020

    Make no mistake the real driving force is Ian Jordan. Read his latest statement on the eagles web site on how the side were put together and you realise how much he communicates and relates to the supporters. If all clubs operated like him the sport would not have the problems it does.
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    Eastbourne 2020

    He does not need to try to master Arlington probably the smallest 'technical'track. In the various finals between Eastbourne and Mildenhall at end of 2018 his races against Brennan and Wood, who were at the peak of their form at home, were legendary. He lost some but he also won in some very aggressive heats for the league title. It has been a disappointing year for him in 2019 particularly in the NL where he was expected to do big things but finished up lowering his average by a whole point. I think this is the perfect move for him as part of an all British team with no language problems, 2 other teenagers and good technical support who will help him to release his potential. I expect him to average over 5 next season and as his confidence grows it could be 6. I have a good feeling about this team, solid heat leaders, and bags of young potential. Not too worried about winning the league though I think top 6 could be on but they are all racers and are sure to entertain.

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