Aberavon have joined the inaugural JJ league and been given a team. Gems long time Coach Allan Edwards who did wonders with the now defunct Abertillery Dragons met the youngsters today at the West Coast Arena and their Families also the two lads in JJ riders championship were there to start the team bonding process.
Coach Edwards put the lads through some track time to assess there levels and to go through there equipment with the mechanics ( fathers and brothers in most cases) Edwards who watched some hair raising moments through his fingers was impressed with everyone's effort and commitment.
The lads faces lite up when presented with there race jackets. Edwards stated the real work starts now for them but we and them most remember it's a learning curve and although we want to win all of them will race and it's about progress and if they win all the good.
Week 1 and a away win, We were really proud of how the lads battled to gain a week one win and away from home in a close meeting at Richmond they never gave up and we now its a development league but winning does help confidence and this will go a long way to set this boys up for the weeks ahead.
Coach Edwards had them practicing some team riding skills and looking to see who rides well with each other, the coach stated it was good to see the team spirit bonding and taking on board what we are showing them they did get a bit to close at times but all enjoyed and there mechanics (mostly Dads and brothers plus sisters) took on board the tips on gearing and adjusting setups for tracks.
First meeting at home and a second win Coach Edwards had a smile as big as one of the bends at the west coast arena. Carl lead from the front and scored 14 from 5 everyone contributed and Edwards coaching team riding is working and how to set the bike up. the team spirit is growing each week and although they all want to be the best but they understand as each week passes team work and bonding is just as important.
Coach Edwards had a smile as wide as the Severn estuary after a second away win for the young Gems. The coach said they train hard, listen, and want to learn. And at a young are happy to take on board what team work and spirit is all about.
All the lads contributed again which shows a collective work ethos, as well as track work they are learning about care of the equipment and track set ups.
A good home win against Newmarket keeps the Gems side on top but they must not let it go to their heads, it was another team performance from everyone. A lot of praise must go to Carl Price again riding at number 1 he produced a masterful score of 14 points. Luke Dempsey beat him to stop a 15 point maximum but Carl got his revenge in the last heat. Ray Morgan fell in his first ride and found it hard in his next two rides but Coach Edwards and the rest of the side boosted his confidence and ended the meeting with points on the board.
Coach Edwards has kept the lads feet firmly on the ground with help from there parents, he said its great to win meetings and it does boost morale and confidence but its also a learning curve and they are learning quickly about bike set ups walking tracks to look for racing lines.
Another great team effort from all the lads a 16 point win and all scoring well Alan Bywater had his best meeting. Carl Price again leading from the front with 4 wins. Coach Edwards again showing his skills with younger riders learning there craft in a league format.
The Gems having a first or second place finish in every race and only 4 last place finishes all meeting. JC was also happy with the way the lads performed and what was pleasing was the number of supporters is growing for these youngsters week on week it's a real family affair feel.
Post by aberavongems on Sept 20, 2019 22:43:02 GMT
The Gems Junior final home league meeting takes place and we aim to make it a great event and hope many people and supporters come along and give this great bunch of future stars the support and reward for all their hard work and dedication they deserve.
All of these youngsters and families have work hard from driving them working on the bikes keeping them going and creating a great atmosphere.
The team spirit is unbelievable from such a young group and credit goes to Coach Edwards. The league concept is a great advert for young riders as they learn so much as its not all about self gain but teamwork also.
Stunning performance from from the lads Carl Price has been threatened to do his all season the lad was unstoppable. Three others scoring 10 points. Ray Morgan had a tough meeting only scoring 2 but he will bounce back.
Final league meeting away and our young Gems won again a really strong team effort had coach Edwards purring with pride.
Pos Team M W L D F A W L D F A PD Pts 1 Aberavon 8 4 0 0 203 156 4 0 0 198 160 85 16
8 meetings ago these youngsters in the main hadn't rode as a team or even met each other and now have topped group one with 8 wins out of 8. While we can celebrate for now it's not over yet this only the start.
While the Gems juniors wait to see the semi final draw Coach Edwards is keeping the lads on the boil he has had them gating and hitting the first bend hard. Also grading the first and second differently to show the best lines. Coach Edwards wants them to think ahead
Aussie star and Gems heat leader Pat Watkiss who was in the teams workshop cane walked the lads around the track offering advice on race lines and team riding, the lads really enjoyed thay.
The wait is over our juniors now know they will face Canvey Island juniors first league at home. Canvey qualified as the best runners up. Estuary and Kings Lynn will battle out the other Semi final.
Coach Edwards said his side must stay focused and maintain a positive attitude and can't take anything for granted Canvey have a great home record and make for a great dust up. Edwards said the preparation will build as the meetings get closer there is definitely a buzz around the place.
Firstly all of Aberavon congratulate Canvey on a great win.
What the hell happened there was total silence after the home leg and the away leg was worse (take nothing away from Canvey) but you have to question this after the league season we have just had I'm not saying we had a right to win but the lads are shell shocked and angry Coach Edwards was speechless. We did check the fuel to make sure it wasn't water...……….