The lads answered those who said although a new side they could struggle at the start with a good cup win over both legs Tilbury might have felt going back to there place only 4 points down it was theirs to win. But the Gems had other ideas keeping the away leg to one point, so on we go in the cup
KO Cup Q/F week and the Gems were drawn against Leeds ( many tip for the title ) after the away leg the Gems had it all to do losing by ten points. Things got worse for the gems as Martyn Pytek had a nasty fall in his opening ride. New reserve Mark London came good scoring 9+2 and Davie Langfield also had his best meeting so far. The gems tied the meeting and number 1 Carsten Ostenstad held his nerve and used all his skill to win the race off. Onto the Semi Final
Week 5 away to Leyton who hadn't dropped a point so far . Gems introduced new signing Ashley Goodwin who is replacing the injured Pytek. The team as a whole all contributed although Carsten had his worse meeting.
Ex Captain Darren Moore did give the guys a hard time but the move has rekindled his enthusiasm and drive, a good away point.
JC is smiling currently as is coach Edwards as the Gems sit top in the early stages the lads didn't want a rest week. Even JC didn't he has already posted the new declared line up. The lads are buzzing and keeping there feet on the ground is the important thing so early in the season. The lads are a good group and all work together.
Week 6, 10 point home win, we knew Nathan would slightly struggle in main body of the side and riding at 2 but the lad doesn't give up and has all our support. New signing Ashley Goodwin started well scoring 7 and is a welcome addition to the Gems fold. ABERAVON GEMS 49 1. Carsten Ostenstad......... 2 3 3 3 3 - 14 2. Nathan Green.............. 1* Fx Fx 0 - - 1+1 3. Boris Kravchuk............ 3 3 0 3 - - 9 4. Davie Langfield........... 1 1 3 1* - - 6+1 5. Pat Watkiss............... 3 3 3 0 2* - 11+1 6. Mark London............... 0 1 0 - - - 1 7. Ashley Goodwin............ 1 1 3 0 2 - 7
We welcomed Transporters back to the west coast arena after an absence of a few years, it was also good to catch up with Graeme and his coach Daniel Lawson a former Gems captain and legend in many supporters eyes plus a member of the Gems Hall of Fame. Hence the exciting meeting with Carsten the fans new fav having his best meeting so far.
Narrow defeat away at Necrons, Nathan Green is still struggling at reserve having dropped from the main body and Coach Edwards is organising some extra track time to build Nathan confidence. Ashley had his meeting since moving up from reserve.
Mark had an off meeting but Nathan stepped up which was great to see. Our leader Carsten bounced back after a quiet meeting last time out. Davie and Boris have developed a good understanding riding at 3 & 4. The Gems have a tough away meeting next at promotion chasing Reading
Great to win the KO Cup in a thrilling 2 leg final we kept it close in the away but we knew the Leyton Rockets with our club asset and Captain Darren Moore would be a threat. We never fell behind more than 4 points Davie and Pat holding the side together with Mark having a very good meeting.. The home leg was Aldo a close meeting and with everyone contributing it did help us win the Cup Darren Moore received a great applause as he still is a Gem and didn't, he rub our noses in it as he scorched to a 18 point maximum. He never got that in the Gmes colours but well/done and to Leyton to making it a great final.
Final league meeting coming up and the Gems go to Leeds Jaguars looking to get something from the meeting. Although we sit top there is potentially five teams looking for 3 places
Back in the UL for next season, Massive Big thanks to the team Coach Allan Edwards everyone who helps in and around the Stadium and all our great supporters who follow us through all the highs and lows and this season the JJ league which our young people went through the league undefeated and reach the JJ team final.
The Senior team also won the KO Cup. We have to say it was a very satisfying season and Allan (Coach) deserves special praise for all is tireless work with all the riders throughout the club.
For the new season we have kept from this season Carsten, Davie, Boris and Pat. We have recalled Darren from a loan also to bolstered the side we knew we have to make home meetings count to maintain our league status. We have signed on loan our number 1 for the assault on the UL, Richie Sampson from Whiby and he is Welsh to add to the signing success of getting him. Final peice of the jigsaw is 17 years old Hungarian Lasio Bekker.
With us also having a JJ side which needs work Allan (coach) and myself have brought back Gems legend and Sim legend Carl Hooper as joint Coach.
Gems started back in the UL with a home meeting. The crowd was a bit disappointing but the rain and high winds were not the best. The Gems hit the ground running with a good win and all the riders starting well and contributing to the team win scoring 57 points. Boris who just over a season ago was with Estuary in the EL was the star man and was unbeaten by a visiting rider.
Admin: WEEK 2 RESULTS ON WEBSITE
Feb 27, 2020 18:17:45 GMT
estuarywhales: Anyone wanting to coach riders check out the new rules covering timescales and areas of coaching that were discussed in pre-season. on the relevant rule page on your league before asking for coaching.
Feb 29, 2020 19:32:26 GMT
estuarywhales: It is Rule no 2 Coaching which has changed!
Feb 29, 2020 19:33:07 GMT
Admin: WEEK 3 RESULTS ON WEBSITE,KO CUP Q/F NEXT WEEK
Mar 5, 2020 18:35:17 GMT
estuarywhales: Today see the start of the World 0/35's qualifying rounds - check them out under the pre-season banner on the forum.
Mar 8, 2020 9:38:08 GMT
estuarywhales: First meetings on the forum now.
Mar 8, 2020 9:38:25 GMT
estuarywhales: Results from the Week 4 Challenge meetings will be up on the forum in the Pre-Season Challenge areas tomorrow (Tuesday)
Mar 9, 2020 8:33:46 GMT
estuarywhales: Week 4 challenge reslts on site (See pre season challenges)
Mar 10, 2020 18:13:14 GMT
estuarywhales: World O/35's more qualifying rounds - check them out under the pre-season banner on the forum.
Mar 16, 2020 11:35:18 GMT
kingslynnlightning: Any manager without a junior side who would like some coaching for their JJ riders please let me know. Remember you have 4 sessions to use.
Mar 18, 2020 15:53:44 GMT
Admin: WEEK 5 RESULTS ON WEBSITE
Mar 19, 2020 18:28:38 GMT