The speedway merry-go-round is in full swing folks, roll on up and get your tickets....
If you don’t know what I am talking about let me attempt to explain...
It has reached that point in the season where teams have ridden enough meetings to gauge their form and perhaps strengthen their side in order to improve or maintain their start to the season. Of course there have been the usual injuries too, which sadly are part and parcel of the sport, which have forced a few clubs into changes as well.
Let me attempt to bring you up to speed with some of the movers and shakers....
Mason Campton has returned from injury into the Workington side in place of Bradley Wilson-Dean, who in turn has rejoined Peterborough in place of the injured Nike Lunna. The Panthers have also lost Emil Grondal through injury and have brought in Edward Kennett to replace him. Matt Williamson has decided to take time out of the sport and has stepped down from the Edinburgh side and he has been replaced by former Bandit Coty Garcia
As things stand at the moment Scunthorpe, Lakeside, Newcastle all have injury woes and will likely be in the market to draft in replacements at some point or another.
Are you with me so far? Good because that’s not all!
Redcar drafted in Danish star Thomas Jorgensen to replace Theo Pijper, who wasn’t out of work for too long though as he of course joined the Bandits in place of John Lindman, which brings me to my next point.
The Bandits have made a really encouraging start to the season and, as I have previously alluded to, will be keen to build upon. John Lindman simply didn’t score the points that his efforts deserved and in my opinion he looked to be getting to grips with things around Shielfield Park especially.
However away from home he generally found points hard to come by and with away trips to tight and technical tracks like Edinburgh, Newcastle, Ipswich and Redcar (amongst others) coming up, the decision to bring in the vastly experienced Pijper was made.
I sincerely hope that this is not the last we see of John Lindman in British Speedway as I feel that he showed glimpses of potential during his brief stint with us and some of his scores across in Sweden would suggest he has something about him.
However we welcome Theo back for his third spell with the Bandits and I am certain he will do a cracking job for us again as he has done in the past! And that starts against the Diamonds this weekend as we are out for revenge after our slip up against them in the Tyne Tweed Trophy.
Lightning surely can’t strike twice!
In other news, it appears that the merry-go-round didn’t just stop at domestic level as the Great Britain Team for the upcoming Speedway of Nations tournament made the headlines for the wrong reasons. Having selected and announced Tai Woffinden, Craig Cook and Robert Lambert as the chosen trio and all seemed well and I think most folks were happy with the selection.
However a Tweet, which has since been deleted, from Craig Cook saying he was no longer in the side due to receiving a text from team manager Alun Rossiter sent Twitter into overload. Twitter then went into further overload when Team GB issued a statement saying that Cook was in the team and would be riding after all.
Ultimately there has clearly been a misunderstanding of sort somewhere along the line and fortunately the end result in which Team GB go into the competition with their strongest line up possible is what people really wanted. However it did shed the organisation in a bad light and by the tone of the statement they were less than impressed with the way it had been handled.
Hopefully this is just a minor bump in the road for VRX and Team GB’s marriage of sorts and there will be no further issues like this and the team can continue to grow like it was intended.
There is clearly more to the story than what we’ve been told but what’s done is done and the issue has been resolved. However as always with social media you can always rely on some muppet to make idiotic suggestions.
One particular highlight was someone suggesting that Tai Woffinden was to blame and everything had gone to pot since his return...Given that his name was never mentioned by Cook or in the Team GB statement, I fail to see how he is to blame. Certainly someone is but it isn’t Woffinden!
Some people should be made to take an aptitude test before they are allowed access to social media.
However it’s true what they say...one should never ever underestimate the predictability of stupidity!
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Until next time...and there will be a next time.
Right I’ll hae’tae gan