It seems like no time ago since the season started and in the blink of an eye the end of it is on the horizon, with the usual October scramble to squeeze in playoffs, cup finals and the likes.
No such issues at Berwick sadly, with our season officially over and while I’ve already somewhat covered the Bandits season at length it would be safe to say it didn’t entirely go to plan. But despite our disappointing and lowly league position the fact that we had speedway to watch and there were some highlights thrown in for good measure.
The Bandits may not have had the season they perhaps wanted to have but their Bullets counterparts certainly have had a season to remember, and depending what Mildenhall do or don’t do in their remaining two fixtures, it might actually be a league winning campaign.
Of course that remains to be seen but irrespective of what happens there is little to no doubt that the Bullets have been a breath of fresh air in 2021. Everyone of the lads who started with the Bullets has made considerable progress in 2021 and while the good results have been a bonus, that is ultimately what it’s all about.
Mason Watson has made rapid strides in his debut season and as the first “graduate” of our training track at Duns, that has to bode well for the future. The same can be said of Keiran Douglas who at times has made starts that Artem Laguta would be jealous of.
Ryan MacDonald has gone about his business quietly, contributing some handy scores and more than playing his part and Ben Rathbone has caught the eye on more than one occasion as well as bouncing back from some nasty knocks.
Leon Flint of course stated the season as Bullets number one, and when the call came from Wolverhampton he had no option but to relinquish his team spot. But fair play to Kyle Bickley, he stepped up to the plate and more made that number one jacket his own. Luke Crang was the man who was given the somewhat unenviable task of effectively replacing Leon and to his credit, he hasn’t lost any of his race sharpness during his hiatus from speedway.
Am I missing anyone?
Oh yes, how could I forget Box Office Bartosz Blair? Or Greg Blair to give him his Sunday name.
Jethart’s finest has well and truly cemented himself as a cult hero at Shielfield which is rather fitting given it is his great grandparents we have to thank for having speedway in Berwick in the first place. Never knowing when he was beaten, always the last rider to leave the track and always taking time for the fans young and old, Greg epitomises everything that makes speedway great.
I’m not just saying that because he’s a fellow Borderer, I’m not just saying that because he also endures the motor trade during the week and I’m not just saying that because he’s a mate of mine.
I’m saying it because it just so happens to be true.
With all that said though is that enough to give him the honour of being the first ever Bullets Mythman Rider of the Year award winner?
I’m afraid that distinction is something he has to share with all his team mates, such has been the spirit of the 2021 season. A team galvanised by one common goal, to have fun, give it their all and enjoy their speedway.
Mission accomplished on all fronts there I would say and a league trophy would be the icing on the cake! What’s not to like about that?
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Until next time…and there will be a next time.
Right I’ll hae’tae gan