Zdenek Drahos - who hasn't let anyone down Kyle Freeman - who has really struggled Hane E Begestol - who held his own
looks like MKC wanted to add a bigger hitter with Jarko Helionen and balanced with two new (ish) youngsters - Canvey's Oskar Carlsson who struggled early on in the campaign and Aussie, Garry Lee
Interesting - as most of the title hopefuls have to face the Cats
What's happened at MK is over the second half of the season they have well and truly gone off the boil! At the mid-season point the Cats were only sitting in joint 5th, but were just 2 points behind the league leaders, 7 weeks later, after picking up just 6 points, MK sit in joint 7th, now 8 points adrift of the top, and well and truly in a relegation scrap, and needing changes.
The Cats boss was in disagreement with the assessment of Bullets boss Paul Duff on the two thirds of the outgoing contingent however "Kyle has been all effort but that hasn't been rewarded by too many points, it was a big ask of him to draft him into the UL, but he was up for the challenge, and we wanted to give him a chance. Over the last few weeks though he looks like he's had the world on his shoulders, so it's only right we pull him back and let him recover from a challenging year, before he goes again next season. We've seen enough in him, he has a future career in this sport, so we'll be keeping him involved in the Cats setup."
"Drahos has had a number of bites of the cherry with Milton Keynes and he's shown glimpses but never quite enough, other than perhaps his time on loan at Workington. When we brought him in to replace the injured Baranov, he was told in no uncertain terms, that we needed a big season from him. He came in on a figure 6.76, and in his time in the main body of the team he dropped a point off that figure. Since dropping to reserve he has improved, but only just up to 6.77; and with his experience down at reserve, he should be making it rain. I would like to take the opportunity to thank Zdenek for his efforts for the Cats and wish him the best of luck with his career going forward, he'll always be a welcome visitor at The Grovedale, just as long as he doesn't score too many!"
Bergestol was brought in after almost perennially being a thorn in MK's side when racing for Teesside, and we thought his experience would be great when he'd likely drop to reserve after the first averages given Milton Keynes' vast expectations of young Riley Payne. Those expections of Payne came to fruition, however Hans didn't quite live up to that billing. "We were really happy with Hans in the first segment of the season. He actually improved his average in the main body of the team, but he did worse at reserve, and since he returned to the main body of the team he's averaged just 4 points. I couldn't have a bad word to say about the man himself, he's a great guy to have around, but his declining performances haven't been good enough for us."
A returning face as part of these changes is that of Oskar Carlsson, who joined MK for the final third of last season, when he managed to increased his starting average. This year however has been one to forget, on loan to the Castaways, with struggling performances, and not one but two serious injuries, but he's returned to full health, and has come through some test sessions at The Grovedale.
The new faces belong to 23 year old Finn Jarkko Heinonen and 20 year old Australian Garry Lee. "Jarkko impressed me in his performances in the WTC Test Matches so far, with a solid 6 against Sweden, and a scintillating 14 against Wales, and his Euro bow for Helsinki delivering a big home win and a 10 point haul, we're excited to see what he can produce at MK!" "Garry has had a decent season with Bratislava, and has increased his average, while delivering a pretty solid few points per meeting, including a few 5 point hauls, he has the ability to make the difference, and for that reason i've brought him over."
One thing the big boss at Bottesford did get right though, is that things are going to be interesting, as the Cats face Second placed Necrons on the road this week, welcome first placed Bullets, face Necrons again in the cup final, and end the season hosting the Logheads - it's about to get interesting!
Post by bottesfordbullets on Jul 15, 2020 21:23:51 GMT
The Big Boss at Bottesford is more than humble enough to laud praise on Sean's response -
MKC have long been a role model for development, sustainability and progression in the UL, and though many saw the potential in Riley Payne, it had to be managed and allowed to develop. It was perhaps a little easy (and lazy) to call out Kyle Freeman without knowing the full set off circumstances, and I rightly stand corrected on that front. and offer Kyle my apologies for any misunderstanding.
However this has also caused some fab attention on here (something that has been lacking for ages) so I have no apology for that at all - And it would have run and run on the BSF or similar forums
As Sean agrees the changes will be hugely interesting as the Cats will have a huge say in the run in - let the sport take it's course - THE GREAT DEBATE ! #itsgoodtotalk Good luck to all concerned
estuarywhales: WEll done Tibor, Nemecek races to GP Qualifier victory, what an excellent meeting with all riders giving their all, we have some young riders contending, whilst more experienced riders are getting
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