Team Manager: Alex Harkess
|1. Sam Masters||3||2||3||2*||3||13||1|
|2. Mark Riss||2*||0||3||0||5||1|
|3. Erik Riss||0||1||3||2||6||0|
|4. Ryan Fisher||3||3||2*||3||0||11||1|
|5. Kevin Wolbert||1*||1||3||3||8||1|
|6. Max Clegg||1||0||0||1||0|
|7. Dan Bewley||3||2||1||0||0||6||0|
Team Manager: Scott Courtney
|1. Kevin Doolan||0||2||2||1*||0||5||1|
|2. Seb Alden r/r||0||0|
|3. Theo Pijper||1||2||3||1*||1||8||1|
|4. Matthew Wethers||1*||2*||2||2||2||1*||10||3|
|5. Thomas Jorgensen||3||0||3||1||1||2||10||0|
|6. Simon Nielsen||2||1||0||3||1*||7||1|
|7. Liam Carr||0||R||0||0||0|
The Border Roofing Monarchs ran out winners by 50-40 against Berwick tonight in a match which was tightly contested throughout. The Bandits played a full part and never gave up.
Alex Harkess said “The team worked so hard tonight, changing setups and helping each other, because the track was unusual and didn’t give us much advantage. It was a good atmosphere.”
The weather leading up to the fixture, and the expectation of rain during the evening, meant that the track was dry in the early stages with the track staff working hard at each grading session to get more grip into the surface.
Monarchs made a good start and went six up after two races, having been perhaps fortunate in the opening race when Sam Masters and Mark Riss collided. Berwick would probably not have been happy with the ‘all four back’ decision.
In the rerun we saw the best ride yet by Mark Riss who held second, then dropped to the back before cutting up the inside back into a paid win position again.
Dan Bewley took heat two with a good outside run, and Max Clegg tried so hard to take second from Nielsen but was thwarted by a lack of grip.
Ryan Fisher showed what excellent form he is in by winning heat 3 but partner erik Riss lost position, seeming to have too much power for the conditions.
Fisher kept that run going but even Sam Masters was beaten by fast-gating Thomas Jorgensen in heat six, and we had an even bigger setback in heat 7 when Theo Pijper gated, and Matthew Wethers brilliantly passed both Monarchs to narrow the gap to 2 points.
Monarchs’ fans were then delighted to see Mark Riss win his first race for Monarchs in heat 8. Erik Riss made his best gate in heat 9, backed by Fisher, to regain the 8-point lead but we still could not relax. Bandits were gating well and in heat 12, Simon Nielsen grabbed their fourth race win from Erik Riss to close the gap to six again.
Heat 13 was the race of the night with Masters trying to protect Wolbert while Thomas Jorgensen made tremendous efforts to split them. On the run to the line Jorgensen did actually get into second for a moment before Masters grabbed it back going over the finish line.
Ryan Fisher completed paid 12 from four with a heat 14 win, so earned a ride alongside the captain in heat 15. Sam won the three-times started heat but unfortunately Ryan has his back mudguard come loose and rub against his wheel, slowing him down.
There were good signs for the home side, with only Max Clegg not really getting amongst the points, but Max didn’t ride badly at all, coming up against the top visiting riders in his heats. He will be given every encouragement to overcome recent setbacks.
Friday 1st July 2016, 10:13pm
At last we were back in action at Armadale on Friday evening and it was a win for the Border Roofing Monarchs by 50 to 40.
Thursday 30th June 2016, 1:00pm
The Border Roofing Monarchs lost their opening home match of the season to Berwick, only the second time the Bandits had won at Armadale, and the borders heroes return in the Premier League this Friday.
Sunday 26th June 2016, 2:30pm
By the time we reach the day of our next home meeting against Berwick on Friday all the schools within our catchment area will be on holiday and we're planning something special.