Celebration time for Hethersett Hawks
CYCLE SPEEDWAY: Hethersett Hawks/Swinton & Co celebrated their 45th anniversary with special events at the Memorial Playing Field.
The Hethersett Charity Cup, sponsored by Breckland Autos, was won by former member Dan Chambers (Norwich) on 19 points.
Runner-up was Ipswich's Leon Mower on 18 and Jason Barker (Norwich) defeated home skipper Dave Martin in a race-off for third after both finished on 17 points.
Other scorers were (Hethersett unless stated): P Adams 15, S Grimes 15, G Brown (Kesgrave) 15, A Hill (Ipswich) 14, J Stant (Ipswich) 11, BCollins 11, O Buxton 10, Dave Chambers 9, T Collins 8, A Johnson 8, R Carter 7, M Perkins 5.
The main event, an Anniversary Fours for the Ian Hulcoop Memorial Trophy, was preceded by a minute's silence in memory of former member Trevor Bunn who died in a road accident two weeks previously.
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Several former riders returned to the track and many others returned to witness some entertaining racing. Team D, which included two of the Club's former British junior champions, won with ease as Nick Myhill and Nick Bedson were in brilliant form, supported by the ever-robust Mike Kiddell and Nick Bray, who looked classy despite two falls. All present seemed to enjoy their forays and vowed to be back in five years for the Golden Jubilee.
Scores – Team D (-5) - 41. Nick Myhill 15, Nick Bedson 13, Mike Kiddell 10, Nick Bray 8.
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Team B (-5) - 34. Ben Collins 14, Lee Hulcoop 9, Simon Whiting 8, Mel Perkins 8.
Team A (-10) 31. Dan Chambers 15, Phil Adams 15, Roger Carter 8, Shayne Whiting 3.
Team E (-15) 27. Leigh Cossey 15, Dave Martin 11, Olly Buxton 8, Andrew Grimes 4, Tim Grimes 4.
Team C (-15) 13. Axl Johnson 10, Ian Jolly 8, Scott Grimes 6, Calvin Grimes 4. Note - current members aged under 40 conceded 5 points.
The following day the Hawks were at Great Blakenham in South East Division One and could have done with some of their former stars as they again suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of a side containing four Premier League riders, who were all untouchable.
Dave Martin was the only Hawks' race winner in heat 10.
Scores – Great Blakenham 112, Hethersett 67. D Martin 12, P Adams 12, B Collins 11, Calvin Grimes 9, T Collins 8, O Buxton 7, M Perkins 6, D Chambers 2.
The midweek South-East Youth League match was much closer and the Hawks top U16 riders put up a very stiff challenge to Norwich who were just too strong in depth.
The Hawks gave a debut to Richard Wiltshire and welcomed back Katie Adams after a long absence through illness. Scott Grimes was outstanding dropping his only points in a very competitive final heat while Olly Buxton showed a lot of determination to win five of his six races. Axl Johnson also showed much promise, another rider making a comeback.
Scores – Hethersett 77, Norwich 83. O Buxton 23, S Grimes 20, A Johnson 17, C Larwood 7, R Wiltshire 5, K Adams 3, J Matthews 2.
This Saturday the Hawks are at East Park in Wolverhampton for the British U19 Club Championship while on Sunday some Hawks will be at East London for a Grand Prix.