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Local derby weekender

The Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) have a busy 48 hours ahead of them with two SGB Championship matches this weekend.

On Saturday they welcome the Edinburgh Monarchs to Tweedside at 7.00pm, while on Sunday the Bandits travel to meet up at the Newcastle Diamonds for the second time in three Sundays at Brough Park at 6.30pm with the Bandits keen to improve on their 35-55 defeat in Byker last month in the Tyne-Tweed Trophy, but will be without the spirited racing of Ryan Blacklock once again.

"Berwick need to regroup" - Havelock

"I honestly believed this team set up we have would have suited us in this match, but that's that theory blown up tonight." Were the initial words from Berwick's passionate team manager, Gary Havelock when talking about Berwick's 61-30 defeat at Owlerton.

Bandits at Sheffield

The Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) travel to the Sheffield Tigers tonight (7.30pm) to open their SGB Championship account and are delighted to take a full-strength side to Owlerton Stadium.

Covers a triumph as Witches go through

It was a night of mixed emotion at Shielfield Park for the Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) as the Bandits' 2017 Ko Cup run came to a 79-101 end to the Ipswich Witches, yet there were so many positives to take.

The track covered, a system developed to a perfect degree last seasn with Scott Courtney leading the way with the massive assistance of Olympus Marquees and the track staff, was at its most effective as heavy rain battered the Border town hours before tapes up.

Bandits Travel To Suffolk On Thursday Night On The Hunt Of Knockout Cup Joy

​The Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) tackle the first leg of the Knockout Cup Quarter Final tonight after gaining a bye on the first round.

(Pictured above: Lewis Bridger and Claus Vissing practicing their lightning starts ahead of Robert Lambert and Steve Worrall)

Highs and lows at Brough Park as Newcastle retain Tyne-Tweed Trophy

Lewis Bridger became a hero to his new-found Berwick fans on Sunday at Brough Park in the second leg of the 2017 Tyne Tweed Trophy, taking 12 points, including two amazing victories, his first in Heat Five - albeit awarded - when he was well out in front of Lewis Rose and Ludvig Lindgren, but Dany Gappmaier hit the shale off bend four having gone too wide and was duly excluded, but better was to come for the new number one.

Tyne-Tweed Trophy tied 45-45 after brilliant 1st leg setting up a knife-edge finish tonight.

Last night's opening team match at Shielfield Park, which saw the Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) haul back a hard ridden draw with the Newcastle Diamonds is a superbly exciting match.

Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) Open Their Team Season With The Visitors That Started It All In 1968

​On Saturday May 18th, 1968 the Newcastle Colts pulled into Shielfield Park to open the first ever season for the brand new Berwick Bandits in a challenge match, and now almost 50 years later, Newcastle Diamonds are back for the Tyne/Tweed Challenge Trophy (1st leg) this Saturday March 25th at 7.00pm.

CAPTAIN KEV'S BIG DAY OUT

With the 2017 Speedway season rapidly approaching, Scott Courtney, co-promoter of the Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope Wooler) is looking towards mid-summer when the club get the chance to honour one of the most popular Bandits of them all.

Courtney explained: "Not everyone has the right to call themselves a "Bandits' Legend", but our long serving skipper Kev Doolan most certainly does, and at the height of summer, on the evening of Saturday August the 5th he will celebrate his well deserved testimonial with us all at Shielfield Park!

Farewell Dick!

As the winter of great change continues at the Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope Wooler), the new managerial team have confirmed that the season opening "50th Season Spectacular" meeting will be the last opportunity to witness a master at work!

Having taken up announcing duties at Berwick Speedway back in 1972, Dick Barrie has made the decision to hand over the microphone and step into retirement from meeting presentation duties after the massive season's opener on March 18th.