Team Berwick Bandits 27
Team Belle Vue Aces 24
Team Ipswich Witches 23
Team King's Lynn Stars 22
(Fair Dinkum Fours)
It was undoubtedly the testimonial to end all testimonials, an event meticulously conceived, developed and delivered by it's beneficiary, Kevin Doolan, and the result was a blueprint for all subsequent testimonial committees to examine and learn from. In a word - brilliant, and the sun came out with the mercury busting over 27c prior to start time.... unheard of in Berwick!
In Berwick Speedway's 50 year history the Bandits have had numerous skippers, but there is a general consensus of opinion that Australian Kevin Doolan is one of the best to lead the Bandits in league action of all time!
Kevin Doolan (30-November-1980, Shepparton, Victoria, Australia) first rode speedway at the tender age of 11 on a 125cc at his home town of Shepparton and progressed to 500cc machines at Mildura when just 15. He made his UK debut for Belle Vue in 1999, and in 2002 made his Division Two debut for the Berwick Bandits.
Berwick's team manager Gary Havelock struggled to hide his total delight after seeing his side take a good solid win over local side, Newcastle on Saturday night, but it wasn't just his riding 1-7 that filled him with pride, but the staff who lay the match-saving track covers - an innovative system developed and fine-tuned by Berwick that is now starting to catch the eye of other tracks across the land and it's proven to be potentially club-saving let along match-saving as Gary Havelock explained after his side's great win over the Diamonds on Saturday night.
Despite the weather this morning the track covers were put in place at 7.30am and with rain due to stop by around 3pm all systems are GO for a 7pm tapes up.....
The Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) are eagerly awaiting their local derby with the Newcastle Diamonds at Shielfield Park on Saturday at 7.00pm before the Bandits set off for Peterborough on Sunday at 5pm.
The Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) revelled in early glory at Glasgow on Sunday evening, winning Heat One 2-4 with Nick Morris' expertise taking the win over an always forceful Richie Worrall while Jye Etheridge's excellent patch of form continued with a good win in Heat two taking the score to 5-7, but after the referee hauled guest James Sarjeant back for moving before the start, in the re-run the fairy tale began to unfold.
It was a top-drawer win (48-44) for the Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) last night against Workington, but with a trip to the virtually invincible Glasgow Tigers this evening (Sunday June 4th) at 6pm, Lewis Bridger has had to take to the side lines after a high speed smash in Heat 11 last night.
After last weekend's "eventful" match at Shielfield Park which saw the Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) go down in a curtailed match against Redcar, there were bound to be repercussions, as has been proved with a changed looking septet in the home pit.
The Berwick Bandits are and exceptional team in 2017, one for the hugely successful track covers which undoubtedly saved a match where a huge thunder storm had hit les than 90 minutes before start time, a event that would rain off every uncovered match anywhere and two for their unenviable ability to attract the Devil's own luck, time and time again.