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.