5 DOWN; 2 TO GO…..

Published on 15th November 2021
Author Sarah Charalambous

Well, well, well……

I’m sitting here in my room, currently preparing to go back to work for the first time in over a year…

Back into the very stretched world of oncology nursing… and I go back as Junior Sister… thank God I can calm the nerves this might cause by reading all the silly season rumours!

Who’s in, who’s out….. it make makes me laugh, it makes me smile ..… but what makes me smile even more is how we’ve started our team building for 2022 at Berwick!

The BSPA released the news that teams will be building up to 42 points with no more Rising Stars in the reserve berth.

Anyways, following the announcement of Bomber, we had Kyle and Leon quickly confirmed for us; this was then followed by the very surprising news of Ricky Wells and then that of Jye re-joining us!

Okay, we’ve not much to compare it to currently… but let’s break it down!

The vast majority of fans know that we have been wanting, maybe needing “an established Number 1” for a few years now. Well, we’ve got that #1, and how!

We know that Bomber will need back up in those vital heats we’ve so often lost out in, and we’ve got that with Ricky.

We’ve got the best rising British star in Leon and if his trajectory continues on in the same direction from season 2021 then we’re laughing…..

We’ve got Jye who is on a bit of a false average; we all know he is so much better than what we saw in the season just gone!

We have Kyle coming back to us at reserve… the first time he’s returning to the same team for a second season. We also have him returning as captain of the Bullets… Yip, I’ve got faith we will see a happy confident Kyle Bickley in 2022.

But where do we go from here? Do we go for a strong heat-leader with a weaker reserve? Or do we go more balanced and potentially start 2022 with Jye at reserve? Both models of team building have positives and negatives. Either way, hopefully we don’t have too long to wait to find out — as many will know, I can be very, very impatient 😁

And on other teams’ line-ups… I do love when a team other than us gets shafted in any which way.. and I’ve got to say that I believe the Monarchs have been well and truly done up like kippers….. Mmmmmmm…….

In a press release issued by the Monarchs’ promotion, they confirmed that a “gentleman’s agreement” had been reached for Richie Worrall to return.. 😂 But it didn’t quite work that way as it’s now out in the open that he won’t be! I’m sure we will soon find out where he will be going 😁

Next up, in a move that is very exciting for all British speedway, we welcome the Oxford Cheetahs back to the Championship for 2022.

The Cheetahs have none other than “our” Jamie Courtney at the helm. This won’t affect us up here — there’s no rule to say you can’t promote at more than one track — and we will still have Jamie, plus Scott, Flinty and Steven Dews running our Saturday shows! Their only problem might come on the night the Cheetahs come to Shielfield!

Oxford are also due to be putting an NDL team out on track.

Again, considering the withdrawal of two teams during this year’s NDL, more competition can only be better for the younger generation of speedway rider in this country.

Jamie has shown us all up here how he feels about bringing on our youngsters for the future.

Oxford’s big potential fan-base have looked forward to this moment for a while now and I thoroughly hope they come out in their absolute droves to see both their teams!

In other news, the allocation of the GP Challenge Final meeting to Glasgow is really good news for us here in the north. Over the past decade we’ve seen multiple FIM events coming to Berwick, Belle Vue and now Glasgow, and while Cardiff remains THE Grand Prix, we cannot really complain (as we used to) about all the plum meetings needing four or five hours driving to get to from Tweedmouth!

The late finish to the season wrought by unseasonably-wet October rainfall produced all sorts of moans and groans from the usual sad-sacks who like nothing better than bitching about our sport – but what they ignored was that due to the pandemic, the season only began in May and June – three months late!

In a “normal” year – and we have to hope 2022 will be just that – there would be more than sufficient time to complete all the competitions.

Y’know, right now I’ve got a wee feeling that both Bandits and Bullets might just be there at the end, too.

Well, even a Junior Sister can dream, can’t she?

#UpTheBandits #UpTheBullets
Disagree with Sarah? Contact her on: berwicks_b1tch@hotmail.co.uk – if you feel brave enough!

Sarah Charalambous
Sarah Charalambous

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