East London Cycle Speedway Club

Canning Town Rec
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Sunday 30 October

East London 112 Great Blakenham 56

East London brought the curtain down on 2011 with an emphatic win over a hugely under strength Great Blakenham.  With only five riders, the visitors had little realistic chance of winning the match.  However, that didn't stop them putting up a fighting display with Jason Ashford racing to five smooth wins.  Will Jennings also picked up a couple of battling second places while Terry Ashford and the two Sams (Turland and Broom) worked hard in every race.

With the home side in command Dennis Hubble and Neil Lester dropped to reserve to give their team mates more opportunities to race.  Dave Tulloch led the scoring with 19 points, closely followed by Steve Woodroof and Kevin Smith (both on 17).  Steve Myhill and fast-improving Alan Smith picked up 14 and 13 respectively, while Nick Gunkel's contribution was affected by mechanical failure in his first ride.

Hats off to Great Blakenham for a battling display, but congratulations to East London for securing a victory that takes the squad off the bottom of the league table.

Scorers: Dave Tulloch 19, Kevin Smith 17 (plus 1 bonus), Steve Woodroof 17 (plus 1), Steve Myhill 14 (plus 3), Alan Smith 13 (plus 4), Nick Gunkel 12 (plus 3), Neil Lester 11 (plus 1), Dennis Hubble 9 (plus 2).


East London B 78  Great Blakenham B 61

With a 15 point forfeit for tracking Jason Ashford, Great Blakenham B was again on the back foot from the start of this final fixture.  Nevertheless, with both teams determined to win 'on the day' as well as 'on paper' this match served up some great racing.  The score see-sawed back and forth throughout the meeting, with some great tussles between Terry Ashford and Kevin Smith in particular.  But in the end it all came down to a nervy last-heat decider.

The unbeaten Jason Ashford (who had shepherded Sam Turland to two crucial maximum heat wins early on) used all his track craft to get partner Will Jennings into a match winning position.  But a last bend push by Steve Myhill took both him and partner Dave Hughes through to the line for a share of the race points and victory overall.

Special mention must go to brothers Nick and Dave Stephens for quite different reasons.  Dave was racing competitively for the first time in 25 years and looked comfortable on an unfamiliar bike, racking up 9 points in the process.  Nick had flown in from the USA to finish off his season as - at various times - sponsor, team manager and rider, beating the east coast snow and jet lag to match his brother's total of 9.

This proved to be an entertaining finale to the season and pictures from the meeting can be seen at Brian Barnett's excellent site:

www.cyclespeedwayphotos.co.uk/

Scorers:

Steve Myhill 16, Dave Hughes 12 (plus 1), Alan Smith 10 (plus 1), Nick Stephens 9 (plus 1), Dave Stephens 9, Kevin Smith 7 (plus 1).

Sunday 23 October

Norwich 100  East London 77

East London's final away fixture of the year saw the Capital squad put up yet another battling performance, with everyone contributing to ensure the host's victory was hard won.  As has been the case so often in 2011, the score did not particularly reflect the closeness of the racing.

Already weakened by the absence of Steve Woodroof, East London's strength was further undermined when Les Stevens pulled out with back pain after the pre-match warm up.  Uncharacteristic falls from Dennis Hubble and Neil Lester had an impact on the scores.  However, with Nick Gunkel and Dave Tulloch on good form and Dave Hughes, Kevin Smith and Steve Myhill making the most of any mistakes made by the home team, East London kept the racing competitive and the scores respectable. 

Scorers: Nick Gunkel 14 (plus 1 bonus), Dennis Hubble 14 (plus 1), Dave Tulloch 13, Steve Myhill 11, Neil Lester 10 (plus 1), Kevin Smith 8, Dave Hughes 7.


Norwich B 122  East London B 82

With the visitors forfeiting 45 points for fielding 3 high-scoring first division riders, the result of the B fixture was never really in doubt.  Nevertheless, some good racing was served up by an enthusiastic and youthful Norwich squad that relished battling with more experienced opposition.  East London's senior riders gave their opponents some valuable, close quarter racing to ensure the youngsters had every opportunity to take the most from the match.  Nick Gunkel's fine afternoon continued as he went through the programme unbeaten by an opponent, while Steve Myhill dropped just one point in four confidence-boosting rides.  Appropriately enough, Dave Hughes and Kevin Smith rounded off the last away match of 2011 by grabbing a share of the points in the nominated heat.

Scorers: Nick Gunkel 19 (plus 1), Steve Myhill 15, Kevin Smith 13 (plus 2), Dave Hughes 12 (plus 1), Dave Tulloch 11, Dennis Hubble 9, Neil Lester 4.


Sunday 9 October

East London 75 Ipswich 103

Ipswich came to London needing a win to keep their title hopes alive and went home happy with a convincing victory.  East London began brightly with a 6-4 heat win in the first race.  Thereafter, it was largely one-way traffic with a young and fast Suffolk squad winning from the start and from the back with equal confidence.

The home side battled hard and there was plenty of exciting racing.  However, the overall result was never really in doubt once Ipswich had opened up a significant lead during the first nine races.  Dennis Hubble was the individual star for East London, dropping just two points.  His main support came from Les Stevens, Nick Gunkel and Dave Tulloch, whose last race tussle with Dan Pike ended the Ipswich rider's chance of a maximum.

Scorers:  Dennis Hubble 18, Dave Tulloch 14, Nick Gunkel 12, Les Stevens 10 (plus 1 bonus point), Steve Woodroof 7, Neil Lester 6 (plus 1), Steve Myhill 6, Kevin Smith 2.

East London B 66 Ipswich B 94

Ipswich B were crowned league champions after this emphatic victory, but the scoreline does little justice to the efforts of the East London squad - nor gives an indication of the closeness of the racing.  Virtually every heat served up fast, aggressive racing with both sides totally committed to winning.  Ipswich's youth and fitness were the telling factors but everyone in the home team fought for every point and inch of track.  The visitors were in front by only eight points at the half-way stage, but younger legs and some good fortune saw the Suffolk side pull away in the latter stages to clinch victory on the day and the league title overall.  For East London, Steve Woodroof top scored, Dave Hughes and Kevin Smith served up some vintage team riding, while Nick Gunkel and Steve Myhill (aka the Dangerous Brothers) kept excitment levels high.  Special mention must go to Alan Smith who worked incredibly hard for scant reward; no doubt this will change as his fitness returns.

Scorers: Steve Woodroof 16, Dave Hughes 12 (plus 1), Nick Gunkel 10 (plus1), Kevin Smith 10 (plus 1), Steve Myhill 9, Alan Smith 5. 

25 September 2011

East London's two fixtures against Great Blakenham were abandoned after just one heat of the Division One match.  The visitors arrived with only five riders and immediately lost heat leader Will Page with a badly dislocated finger after coming down on the thrid lap of his first race.  With Terry Ashford having to take the injured Page to hospital, it left the Suffolk team with just three riders so the meeting was called off.  Everyone at East London wishes Will a speedy recovery.

11th September 2011

Ipswich 103 East London 74
 
East London 86 Hethersett 93
 
East London suffered two contrasting defeats on a busy weekend's racing.  On Saturday evening in Ipswich, on a fast and grippy track, the Londoners had little answer to the home side.  Despite holding heat advantages in a number of races, East London inevitably lost out to faster and younger opposition.  This proved particularly tellling in the second half of the meeting as Ipswich - only 9 points up at the interval - pulled away to record a big win.
 
Dennis Hubble lead the scoring for East London with 17 points.  Neil Lester weighed in with a dozen and both Steve Woodroof and Dave Tulloch saw their tallies reduced by exclusions for starting offences.  Nick Gunkel's scoring was affected by a fall and mechanical problems, but he did sign off with a good win in his last race.  Les Stevens was worth more than his eight, while at reserve Kevin Smith and Steve Myhill were on the pace but out of the points.
 
Scorers: Hubble 17, Lester 12 (+1 bonus point), Gunkel 11, Tulloch 10 (+1), Woodroof 10 (+1), Stevens 8, Smith 3, Myhill 3.
 
Back at Canning Town on Sunday afternoon, East London narrowly missed out to Hethersett in match full of incident and exciting racing.  A trading of 7-3s early on and a number of shared heats meant that the score remained very close.  Just as it looked like Hethersett might start to carve out a reasonable lead, Kevin Smith and Neil Lester combined for a valuable maximum heat win.  An unfortunate fall for Nick Gunkel while leading gave the advantage back to the visitors, before a crucial and controversial heat 12.   Dave Tulloch and Dave Martin tangled on lap three, with the former being excluded and the visitor heading back to the pits without completing the race.  Meanwhile, Steve Myhill had come from behind to claim what appeared to be a 4-3 to East London.  After some debate, the race was awarded as a 6-3 to Hethersett, setting the Norfolk squad up for narrow victory, despite continued pressure from the home side.
 
Steve Woodroof top scored with 16, followed closely by Les Stevens on 15.  Neil Lester and Nick Gunkel both totalled 11 points, with Myhill and Tulloch clocking up 10 each.  Dave Hughes and Kevin Smith both scored 6 at reserve and Alan Smith took a point from his first ride since 2005.  Looking sharp from the gate, Smith will prove a valuable asset as his racing legs return.
 
Scorers: Woodroof 16 (+1), Steven 15 (+1), Lester 11 (+2), Gunkel 11 (+1), Myhill 10 (+1), Tulloch 10, Hughes 6 (+1), K. Smith 6, A. Smith 1
 
 

4th Septemer 2011

East London 87 Kesgrave 100
 
A convincing on-track performance by East London was ultimately undone by a lack of Combination League riders.  Fielding two First Division riders meant that the hosts were 30 points down before a wheel was turned - a figure that proved too big an ask for the five-man squad.
 
Heavy rain an hour before the start left the starting grid tricky, with a number of riders spinning as they left the tapes.  The rain did not affect the quality of racing, however, with plenty of good scraps .  Every race with Kesgrave points machine Gary Brown was worth watching and it took the combined efforts of Dave Tulloch and Steve Woodroof in heat 13 to deny the visitor a maximum.  Neil Lester, on the other hand, remained unbeaten by an opponent in six races, while Nick Gunkel dropped just one point.  Tulloch scored well after a few weeks away from racing and Woodroof was second top scorer despite competing in the previous day's two Eurovets meeting.  Steve Myhill worked hard for his points and was unlucky not to add to his total.
 
East London once again dished up some great racing on a well-prepared track, but it is clear that the club needs some new faces to bolster the line-up.
 
Neil Lester 20 (+ 4 bonus points), Steve Woodroof 18 (+3), Dave Tulloch 18, Nick Gunkel 17 (+2), Steve Myhill 14 (+1)

HUBBLE EUROVETS HAT-TRICK - posted 4 September 2011

















Local London legend Denis Hubble completed a full house of victories at the East London 
Eurovets GP Series Round Six which also incorporated the sixteenth running of the London Old Masters.  With an oversubscribed entry of 19 riders present, Eurovets organiser Fred Rothwell and his East London deputy Kevin Smith were forced to run the event in two matches.
    
Over 50/60s

Denis, the recent national over-50s winner at Edinburgh a fortnight ago, clinically won with a full maximum from fellow Redbraes Park runner up Steve Woodroof with Colin Wheeler finishing ahead of Rothwell in the A final.  Sandwell’s Phill Hemmings won the B version ahead of EastLondon team mates Les Stevens and Dave Hughes from once a year racer Chris Riches formerly of Hawbush.

The organisational pressures of match promoter Kevin Smith affected his performance but the two over-60s finals provided major challenges for the eight Grandvets present. Edinburgh’s Dave Baxter came good in the B version from debutant Pat Cousins, the irrepressible Chic Mackie and a tiring Riches whilst the A final produced the race of the day which saw three different leaders before the foursome cascaded over the finishing line in a blanket finish with Rothwell getting the win from Wheeler, Hughes and a not so lucky Les Stevens.
   
Over-50s
1st Denis Hubble (East London) 25 GP points, 2nd Steve Woodroof (East London) 23, 3rd Colin 
Wheeler (Southampton) 22, 4th Fred Rothwell (Pedal Sport) 21, 5th Phil Hemmings (Sandwell) 20, 6th Les Stevens (East London) 18, 7th Dave Hughes (East London) 17, 8th Chris Riches (ex Hawbush) 16, 9th Dave Baxter (Edinburgh) 12, 10th equal Chick Mackie (Edinburgh) and Kevin Smith (East London) 11 and12. Pat Cousins (Southampton) 9.
Over-60s
1st Fred Rothwell 25 GP points, 2nd Colin Wheeler 23, 3rd Dave Hughes 22, 4th Les Stevens 21, 
5th Dave Baxter 20, 6th Pat Cousins 18, 7th Chic Mackie 17, 8th Chris Riches 16.
Referee: Nicky Gunkel (Greater London)
















Over 40s / (16th “London Old Masters”)

With the younger 40 somethings joined by the best of the rest, the second individual would count as the London Old Masters prior to the two GP finals at the end.

With the pace of racing upped accordingly in the now stifling conditions, Denis continued with another four straight wins, only coming second to GP leadership rival and defending LOM champion Mark Griffiths in his final outing. Usual podium favourite Norman Venson triumphed over big guns Griffiths, who surprisingly lost out to newcomer Pete Chant in that heat too, and 2010 winner Gary Brown and only dropped a point to Denis in his first race meant they tied on 19 points necessitating a run off. Winning the toss Denis chose the inside and led from the gate despite Norman’s usual overtaking challenges.

Other riders in the individual impressed with EL’s Woodroof picking up a brace of heat wins, team mate Steve Myhill beating Midlander Steve Mullinder in a thriller and Fred and Les accumulating points as well whilst tiring legs diluted the older riders some who had done 13 races by the finish.

Lack of racing this year for Norfolk rider Tim Grimes showed and spectating vets like Ivan Darby, Tony Johnstone or Alan Busby could not be tempted to fill the one blank space in the programme.

The B final saw Woody win from Les, the impressing Chant and co-ordinator Fred whilst the A version containing the forecasted powerhouse foursome did not disappoint. Hubble, off of one, ledprimarily but hard close racing in the first two laps saw the others jockeying for the lead which resulted in a brilliant pass by Gary Brown on Denis which saw the Suffolk rider streaking away for certain victory only for disaster to strike on the second bend of the final lap when he lost his front wheel in the drying shale (pictured below), leaving Hubble doing well to avoid a collision and win and Griffiths second although Gary remounted to secure third place from a now tiring Venson.

















This result now ties Denis and Mark at the top of the standings with three rounds remaining.   
   
London Old Masters (Run Off)

Dennis Hubble beat Norman Venson (Leicester) after both riders tied on 19 points in the individual scores prior to the GP Finals.

Over-40s
1st Denis Hubble 25 GP points, 2nd Mark Griffiths (Wednesfield) 23, 3rd Gary Brown (Kesgrave) 
22, 4th Norman Venson 21, 5th Steve Woodroof 20, 6th Les Stevens 18, 7th Peter Chant (Southampton) 17, 8th Fred Rothwell 16, 9th equal Colin Wheeler and Steve Myhill (East London) 12, 11th Steve Mullinder (Wednesfield) 11, 12th Phill Hemmings 10, 13th Dave Hughes 8, 14th Tim Grimes (Hethersett) 7, 15th Chris Riches 6.
Referee – Nicky Gunkel (Greater London)

This was another successful LOM meeting, despite a long drawn out afternoon.  Thanks must be recorded for referee Nicky Gunkel who presided over 46 actual races with little decision making required, few actual crashes to employ the St John’s staff present and gratitude as well to Martin Jarvis’ announcing, starter flag man Sid Stanley, departed EL sponsor Nick Stevens for trophies, photographer Brian Barnett as well as Sarah Smith’s sterling work in the tea bar keeping the spectators as usual fed and watered whilst Jock Harvie was relieved it is no longer his responsibility to organise the event. Thanks Kevin (Smith) for all the behind the scenes work you have done to continue this tradition successfully.

14th August 2011

Division One
 
Great Blakenham 91 East London 85
 
East London endured another 'so near but so far' afternoon in East Anglia, narrowly losing out to Great Blakenham despite tracking only six riders. 
Every one of the magnificent half-dozen played their part in keeping the pressure on the Suffolk side but in the final analysis,
the points lost in the four races where East London had only one representative proved costly.
 
At the half-way stage, Great Blakenham were seven points up.  With just two races left, the Londoners had drawn level.
However, with advantages in the final two heats, the home side did just enough to secure victory.
 
With a dry and difficult track, quality racing was at a premium.  It was fitting, therefore, that the club's elder statesmen
- Kevin Smith and Dave Hughes - were involved in the best heats of the day and topped the score charts.
 Their tussels with Terry Ashford afforded some great action and helped them both amass a hatful of points. 
 
Once again, East London have suffered a defeat which would surely have been reversed with a full squad.  
 
Scorers:  Steve Woodroof 17, Dave Hughes 15 (plus 4 bonus points), Kevin Smith 15 (2), Dennis Hubble 14 (1),
Nick Gunkel 13, Steve Myhill 11 (3).
 
 
 
Division Two
 
Great Blakenham 61 East London 84
 
The Division Two match provided a comfortable victory for East London, despite giving away 15 penalty points for tracking a high-scoring
Division One rider (Hubble).  Great Blakenham fielded a youthful squad that made up for with enthusiasm what it may have lacked in experience. 
With the result in little doubt, the Londoners for the most part ensured the youngsters got plenty of chances to race at close quarters and build up their confidence.
However, with just two drawn races and 11 heat advantages, all of the East London riders scored heavily - Gunkel and Myhill going unbeaten by an opponent.
 
Scorers: Myhill 16 (plus 4 bonus points), Smith 16 (1), Gunkel 15 (1), Hughes 15, Woodroof 12 (1), Hubble 10 (3).

10July 2011

Hethersett 90 East London 88

 

East London narrowly lost out in a tight but ultimately frustrating battle in Norfolk.  Despite fielding only seven riders, the Londoners fought for every point and with

three heats to go were still level.However a lack of luck and manpower finally caught up with the team, allowing the home side to snatch a two-point victory.

Dennis Hubble and Neil Lester led the scoring, but all seven riders made valuable contributions to ensure the fight went down to the wire.

East London can take comfort from the knowledge that with a full squad, they would have almost certainly won.

 

Scorers:  Lester 17, Hubble 16 (plus 2 bonus points), Gunkel 14, Stevens 12 (2), Woodroof 10 (3), Myhill 10, Smith 9.

 

 

Hethersett B 89 East London B 101

 

The B fixture saw East London claim its first win of the season, despite giving away 30 points with the inclusion of Les Stevens and Neil Lester in the line-up.

From the start, everyone weighed in with strong rides and at the interval East London was just eight points adrift.  By heat 11 the lead had been

taken but with no one letting up the pressure, the Capital squad passed the century mark.  Stevens, Lester and Nick Gunkel went through

the card unbeaten and should have joined by Steve Myhill who inexplicably fell on the last bend of heat 10 while comfortably ahead.

Nevertheless, this was another strong team effort that this time was rewarded.

 Scorers: Lester 20, Gunkel 19 (5), Woodroof 19, Stevens 17 (3), Myhill 16 (1), Smith 10 (1).

 

Sunday 26 th June

Norwich 104 East London 74

On a sunbaked day in Norfolk, East London's wining streak came to an
abrupt end with a crushing defeat at the hands of a strong Norwich side.
The Londoner's made the long journey with a depleted team, eventually
fielding only a seven man side.
In a very one sided affair, East London rarely troubled the opposition
with only Denis Hubble, Steve Woodroof and Dave Tulloch managing to make
double figures. Hubble showed some vintage form on a testing surface
with probably his win from behind in heat 13 as the highlight of the
meeting.

Scorers (BP)
Norwich 104
L.Cossey 13(2), Chambers 16(2), Grange 15(2), Barker 18(1), Parkins
11(1), L.Grange 14(1), Cullum 10 (1), Riley 8

East London 74
D.Hubble 17,D. Hughes 6,D. Tulloch 16,N. Stephens 6,S.Woodroof 13, Smith 7,N.Gunkel 9

Sunday 19th June

SE Division 1

 

East London 103    Hethersett  77

 

On a rain sodden track, East London raced to their second consecutive win with a fine victory over visitors Hethersett. The East Anglian side were always on the back foot due to this year’s exodus of top talent to the Premier league, and duly found it hard going against the fired up Londoners. A first heat advantage to Hethersett very briefly raised concerns to the home team, however by heat six a ten point advantage to East London, confirmed that the outcome would be as predicted. Two home riders were only headed once by the opposition, Hubble and Woodroof, and they were well backed up by Tulloch and Gunkel. Once again Alec Briggs impressed with a fine 15 points despite a nasty tumble, and the team hope that he will be a regular fixture this season.

 

Scorers (BP)

East London 103

Tulloch 14(3), Briggs 15(1), Woodroof 17(2), Gunkel 14(1), Stevens 11(2), Hubble 19, Myhill 8(1), Smith 5

Hethersett 77

Collins 10(1), Grimes 13(1), Martin 15, Buxton 7, Adams 17, Chambers 7, Grimes 5(1), Larwood 3

 

Sunday 29th May

SE Division 1

East London 94    Ipswich 86

On an overcast afternoon, East London pulled off the shock of the season so far by defeating Premiership side Ipswich at the Canning Town Raceway. Although the visitors turned out an under strength team, the assumption was that they still had enough fire power to handle the leagues bottom club. This assumption proved to be their downfall, with a magnificent team effort from East London. The first half of the match was even with the teams reaching the interval at 45 points apiece.  After the break, fortune smiled on the brave, with a a couple of arguable refereeing  decisions going the London sides way. That said, only one side had the desire to complete the job, and East London ran out winners 94 to 86.

Steve Woodroof top scored with a fine 17 points, backed fully by Denis Hubble who showed once again his mastery of race craft against younger opposition. The rest of the team all contributed to this first victory of the season, but none more so than Les Stevens, who got off his sick bed to compete, taking three vital third places when East London most needed the points.

"I'm proud of what the lads did today" said Team Manager Nick Stephens. "They competed, never gave up and once they realised that a victory was possible, closed it out with great determination"

East London Scorers (BP)

Dave Tulloch 13(1), Alec Briggs 14(1), Denis Hubble 15(2), Neil Lester 12(2), Steve Woodroof 17(1), Nicky Gunkel 13(1), Steve Myhill 4, Les Stevens 6(1)

Sunday 15th May

SE Division 1

East London 83   Great Blakenham 95

East London welcomed visitors Great Blakenham to the Canning Town raceway for their latest SE Division 1 league match, which delivered an entertaining afternoon for the few supporters who turned up to watch. Blakenham were always favourites to take the victory with their quartet of Premier League riders, and this increased when East London went down to seven riders with the late withdrawal of Neil Lester. That said, a fine team performance by the home side kept the margin of defeat to a respectable level, eventually going down by 12 points. The meeting didn't start well with Kevin Smith suffering a technical problem in the first race, leaving Denis Hubble to hold off the two Blakenham riders unsupported. By the interval, the visitors trailed by 10, but rallied during the second half to hold the scoring pretty much even. There were fine performances throughout the squad with Hubble and Tulloch scoring well and Stevens/Woodroof team riding impressively, however the standout performance was put in by the returning Alec Briggs. Having not raced for several years, youngster Briggs was instantly on the pace from his first ride, and but for a fall in his second, would have top scored for the home team. The highlight of the afternoon was the sight of newly crowned national over 40's champion Jason Ashford, having to defend his lead for two laps in race 9 from the hard charging Briggs. " Another good team effort from the lads" said Team Manager Nick Stephens, " Hopefully soon we will field a full team and then we will be in a position to challenge for a win!"

East London Scorers (Bonus Points)

Denis Hubble 15(1), Dave Tulloch 13(1), Nicky Gunkel 11(1), Steve Woodroof 12(2), Les Stevens 9(3), Alec Briggs 14, Kevin Smith 9(1)

 

Sunday 8th May

SE Division 1

Hethersett 92  East London 85

On a hot and sunny afternoon, East London completed their trip to East Anglia with a visit to Hethersett. Missing two key riders, and after racing in the morning at Ipswich, some tired legs were always on the back foot against younger and fresher opposition. That said, a very competitive match ensued with the result unsure until the final few races. East London ultimately contributed to their own downfall with some costly exclusions for movement at the start, and with several questionable referring decisions not going the visiting  teams way, this winnable match was lost by 7 points. Top scorer Nicky Gunkel recorded a fine 17 points with good wins over the oppositions top riders. He was backed up by solid middle order scoring from Stevens, Lester and Hubble, but perhaps the highlight of the day was the return to form of old by Veteran Dave Hughes. Riding in his first competitive match for some time, Dave rolled back the years with a fine win in heat 10, and was unlucky not to add to this when brought down by the opposition whilst in second place.  “ We didn’t help ourselves today” said team manager Nick Stephens, “however you cannot complain about the commitment and passion from the guy’s. Having already raced one meeting earlier in the day, to come out and achieve what they did is outstanding. I’m particularly impressed with two things, the level of fitness (down to our new trainer) and seeing Dave Hughes ride like he was 20 years younger!!”

East London Scorers (Bonus Points)

Stevens 13 (1), Gunkel  17 (1), Myhill 10, Woodroof 9 (1), Lester 13 (2), Hubble 13, Smith 4, Hughes 6

Great Blakenham Vs East London Sunday 17th April

South East Division 1

Great Blakeneham 99

East London 80

With two first team riders missing, East London made the trip to Great Blakenham expecting a tough afternoon, and so it proved to be. The Ipswich based side fielded four Premier league riders, three of whom finished the match unbeaten by an opponent. That said, East London proved they were a team, by keeping the score to a very respectable level. Three maximum heat wins by Great Blakenham hit east London hard before they managed to steady the ship by sharing the points in the next three. With a lead of Fourteen points at the half way stage East London never looked like troubling the opposition, however fine maximum heat wins from Gunkel and Lester, and Stevens and Lester rallied the team in the second half. Hubble, Gunkel, Stevens and Lester all scored thirteen points each, and were well backed up by the rest of the team. A word needs to said for Kevin Smith who, when heading for his highest 1st team score for some time, shed his chain when holding a strong second place in his fourth ride. Team Manager Nick Stephens said "On the way here this morning I thought the long drive home would have been a depressing one, that thankfully couldn't have been further from the truth. It was a great team effort and I'm proud of the attitude and commitment shown by the lads".

 

East London Scorers:

Hubble 13+2, Myhill 9+2, Gunkel 13+1, Woodroof 11+1, Stevens 13m Lester 13+2, Smith 8

 

 

East London V Norwich 3rd April 2011

South East Division 1

East London   73       

Norwich          106

East London entertained current league leader Norwich at Canning town Rec. on Sunday, in what turned out to be a very 1 sided affair, with only the home side winning 2 races. Things started well for East London with Dave Tulloch carrying on with his good form winning heat 1, heat 2 was a disaster for the home team when Steve Woodroof  suffered a machine failure leaving Dennis Hubble to battle through for a 2nd place.The writing was on the wall now as Norwich pilled on the pressure getting 5 x 6 4 ‘s heat wins and a 7-3 bringing the half time score East London 38 Norwich 54 a 19 point lead. Norwich continued the pressure in the 2nd half  with 2 x 7-3’3 and 3 x 6-4’sand 2 x 5-5, the only highlight was Nick Gunkle in heat 16 with a fine win after coming through the field from 3rd place.

East London  scores:  

Denis Hubble 15, Dave Tulloch 14, Neil Lester 11 Nick Gunkle 9,Les Stevens 7 Steve Woodroof 6, Steve Myhill 6, and Kevin Smith 4.

 

South East Division 2

East London   77       

Norwich          97

With East London only having 1 fresh rider racing for the division 2 side the Londoners had an up hill struggle the first few heats drawn  the early showings looked  promising for the Londoners , but as each race passed the very much younger  Norwich side edged their way in front  winning by 5 points 77-82.

As the SE leagues uses a grading system for Division 1 riders East London had to give away 15 penalty points  so the final score was East London  77 Norwich 97.

On a more positive note East London has now enrolled the services of BCF level 2 coach Mike Beasent  to help train the more experienced East London squad to get the squad  much fitter & sharper and hopefully compete with the much younger opponents that they now race from week to week

East London scores:

les stevens 16,Dave Hughes 8 ,Nick Gunkel 19, Steve myhill 12

Steve Woodroof 16,Kevin Smith  6

East London next home fixture at Canning town Rec Prince Regent Lane E16 3JJ, 15th May V Gt Blakenham, Suffolk.

 

 

March 20th Vs Ipswich

Division 1: Ipswich 112 East London 65

East London made the trip to Suffolk to kick off their 2011 South East League season, with matches in Divisions 1 and 2. East London were worried that the result would be a forgone conclusion, with Ipswich's recent inclusion in Premier League racing meaning they have strengthened their side significantly this year. On a bright and clear day, unfortunately these fears were realised from the first race where Ipswich raced to a strong maximum heat win. This was to be repeated in 11 of the 18 heats, with East London only taking two heat advantages during the Division 1 match. Without leading rider Dennis Hubble, East London were powerless to stop the much younger and stronger Ipswich team, although a spirited performance by veteran Dave Tulloch saw him net 16 hard earned points.

East London Scorers:

Tulloch 16, Woodroof 11+1, Lester 10, Gunkel 8, Stevens 7, Ridgewell 6, Smith 4+1, Myhill 3 

Division 2: Ipswich 114 East London 75

With the "B" team made up entirely of riders who participated in the "A" match, East London started with a burden of 30 penalty points, plus tired legs! East London did well to keep the match competitive, with the youthful and energetic Ipswich squad always snapping at their heels, however youth prevailed over experience with Ipswich running out the eventual winners. Good performances were noted from Neil Lester and Nicky Gunkel, with solid support from the rest of the team.

East London Scorers:
Lester 15, Gunkel 15, Woodroof 14, Myhill 13, Stevens 11, Smith 7