So, it actually happened. We finally, at long last, after eighteen months saw a competitive team speedway meeting right here in the United Kingdom — and it was happening right here in our Bonny Wee Town of Berwick!
And what a solid start it was…….
Okay, a few were having issues with the stream, mainly with buffering… myself included. This always depends on the strength of your local WiFi signal, I’m told, Did I let it bother me? Nah!
I had myself a nice gin and lemonade…… Alexander was staying at my Mum and sister’s house……. Theo was sound asleep…… so, an Indian takeaway was thoroughly demolished prior to tapes-up by myself and the birthday boy (my dearly-beloved husband) and then we actually sat down and just relaxed….
It would have been better being trackside, no doubt at all about that……. but just to see our track on screen…… our new team’s colours on show….. magic!
Why, rather like our old-boy blogger (you know who I mean) I was left feeling like a kid at Xmas.
It may have been “only NDL” but when you ain’t been to a track since September 2019, the feeling of excitement was there. No, there weren’t 500 passes per race, but there was definitely enough to feel optimistic about now – good ride Kieran! — that we can look ahead to the rest of the season. Twenty-three combined points from our top 2, at least a paid win for every single Bullet, a very encouraging show from Greg Blair after so long away from the sport and the same can be said of Mason Watson in what was his very first meeting.
Team spirit shining through too, with Ryan Mac immediately lending his bike to Ben Rathbone when he clearly had problems during the meeting.
The track was slick To be fair, I’d have expected nothing else. Weather-wise it had been decent in Berwick throughout the day, a slight breeze which would have dried the track out — and you do have to remember that it was fourteen young lads out there… At least 4 (or was it 5?) making their debut into competitive league racing With having had the enforced COVID break, so long off the bike on a heavy track would have spelt nowt but trouble, I think. Thankfully, all fourteen walked away, although young Gregor Millar would have been limping a bit, following that heavy landing after he looped his bike at the starting gate in heat 2.
On the Devils front, you do have to tip your hat to George Rothery who was flung head first ( not literally, btw) into seven races following Gregor Millar’s withdrawal. He got better and better as the meeting progressed and ended top scorer for Armadale with a more than respectable paid thirteen. At just 22, and in his first (!) proper match he’s definitely one to watch.
We (you can see I’ve bonded with the Bullets already) now head up the road to Armadale this Friday (7th) for the return leg which again is sadly behind closed doors. This should really tell us more about how we (see, I’ve said it again) will perform as a unit on the road this season.
Thankfully it’s going to be streamed again and can be accessed through Edinburgh’s club website.
I’ll be bold, and say we can take a point there to keep us at the top of the league. For now, mwahahaha 😁
Oh how I love being able to match-predict again.
See you all real soon at trackside, Banditos!
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