WEEKEND SCORCHER OF ACTION

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With no Monarch team action over the weekend Birmingham riders were involved in a busy weekend of racing in Wolverhampton. Saturday saw the Dash Trophies day of racing on Saturday in Wednesfield whilst on Sunday it was over to East Park for the 3rd round of the Battle of Britain.

Steve and Kate Mullinder of Dash Trophies had a busy day of action in store for the Under 12’s, juniors, women and veterans. Connor Steel took part in an extremely tough U12 line up and was in contention throughout. A final race gate 1 should have ensured a podium place with a win but a missed pedal saw him stranded at the back and a finishing tally of 12 points. The meeting won on a 20 point maximum by Harry Radford.

In the Veterans Mark Winwood was left rueing a costly mistake in his 4th outing to finish on 16 points, agonisingly one point off a rostrum place. Paul Timms and Steve Hodgkinson also both rode scoring 10 and 8 respectively. Home rider Mark Griffiths was unbeaten on 20 points.

In the Juniors Ewan Hancox was always in contention for a podium finish but a lapse of concentration in his 4th race saw him slip from 1st to 3rd, a 4th place finish overall on 16 points his reward. Home star Brandon Whetton took victory on a maximum. The women’s event was won by Poole rider Macie Schmidt.

Birmingham had 4 riders representing the Midlands in East Park on Sunday in the Battle of Britain competition with a sizable crowd on a glorious day. The Midlands took victory in both the junior and senior team events and have now won all 3 rounds so far.

Ewan Hancox raced to a superb 12 point maximum in the juniors whilst it was mixed results in the seniors with Ricki Johnson racing to 15 points, Chris Timms took 3 falls on his way to 10 whilst Winwood had a day to forget with 3 points.

This weekend sees the Monarchs back in Midland League action with a visit from Leicester on Sunday, start time 1pm with the juniors, seniors 2pm. The mini Monarchs travel to Kesgrave on Saturday for round 1 of the YJL Nationals competition.

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ACES SUCCESSFUL IN MIDLAND LEAGUE

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Birmingham’s unbeaten run to the season ended on Sunday with a narrow defeat to reigning champions Wednesfield Aces in the Midland League, although the juniors maintained their impressive winning sequence.

Both teams were evenly matched however the visitors had the edge from the off. The Aces started with 2 heat advantages to move 4 clear and it wasn’t until heat 7 that the Monarchs took their first advantage, Hancox winning that heat with all the action behind with positions changing throughout. Chris Timms managing to secure 3rd.

That was quickly followed by another advantage in the 8th, Johnson winning that, to bring the scores to 39-41 however a maximum in the 9th to the Aces restored a 6 point advantage to them.

After the interval the Monarchs dropped further behind with a 4-6 in heat 10, compensated by an advantage in the 11th with a strong performance from Johnson/Groves.

When the Aces took another 6-4 in heat 14 they moved 10 clear (65-75) with the home club struggling to gain heat advantages proving their downfall. By heat 16 the match was all but won for the visitors, although the Monarchs slammed in 2 maximums to finish with a flurry and a closer scoreline however this match was dominated by the Aces throughout.

Ricki Johnson dropped a single point to top score, whilst the Aces had former Monarch Paul Heard take a maximum. Millward took one heat victory on his way to paid 17 whilst Hancox took 2 victories on the day.

MIDLAND LEAGUE DIVISION ONE

Birmingham Monarchs 89 – Ricki Johnson 19 (5), Scott Millward 15+2 (5), Chris Timms 13+1 (5), Ewan Hancox 13 (5), Nathan Groves 12 (5), Mark Winwood 9 (5), Steve Hodgkinson 4 (3), Paul Timms 4 (3) V Wednesfield Aces 91.

In the division 2 fixture the Aces took a comfortable win with Jake Steel again impressing with 2 hard fought wins. 10 year old Charlie Buet Gannon rode well above his experience beating adults 4 times his age!

MIDLAND LEAGUE DIVISION TWO

BIRMINGHAM MONARCHS 62 – Jake Steel 16 (5), William Arkinstall 12 (5), Marc Phipps 10+2 (5), Charlie Buet Gannon 9+1 (5), Connor Steel 8+1 (5), Natalie Timms 8+1 (5) V Wednesfield Aces 87

The juniors continued their winning ways with both Steel and Buet Gannon unbeaten.

MIDLAND LEAGUE DIVISION THREE

BIRMINGHAM MONARCHS 46 – Charlie Buet Gannon 15+1 (4), Ryan Winwood 14 (4), Connor Steel 13+3 (4), Izzy Buet Gannon 4 (4) V Wednesfield Aces 34.

STEEL CROWNED UNDER 12 MIDLAND CHAMPION

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As expected Connor Steel dominated the YJL under 12’s taking 5 wins, including the A final taking victory on his home track and sealed the title as well. He had to do it the hard way in the final making a stunning burst around his main opponent Jonathan Middleton down the home straight to take the win.

More than 70 youngsters turned out to take part at Perry Hall Playing Fields on Saturday in the final round of the YJL competition. First up was 7 year old debutant Izzy Buet Gannon in the under 8’s who scored a credible 9 points and came 3rd in the B final.

Charlie Buet Gannon was next up in the U10’s. Beaten only by winner Ronnie Wassall so was 2nd in the A final. He also finished joint 3rd overall.

In the U12’s whilst Steel was taking all the glory Rebekah Humphries joined him in the A final taking 3rd place on the day. A great result for a solid day of racing. Jamie Breen struggled to recover from moving at the start in his first heat however won the C final of the U12’s.

Ryan Winwood took 3rd place in the A final in the U14’s and just missed out on an overall podium place whilst Leicester rider Lizzy Rigley took victory in the girls and secured overall victory.

In the U18s Marc Phipps won the D final after a couple of falls whilst William Arkinstall had to withdraw from the D final with a knee injury but rode with more aggression throughout.

Jake Steel took an impressive victory in the C final to finish strongly whilst Ewan Hancox missed out on the A final but took victory in the B final. Congratulations to East Park’s Jake White with the victory on the day.

Last monday Birmingham qualified for the senior British club championships with a strong performance however 2 start exclusions coupled with 2 last places in the 2nd round of races meant that we were left with a mammoth task to recover from.

With Newport looking the team to beat we recovered by winning the last 2 rounds of racing however ended up just short of a rostrum place and finished 5th out of 6, the earlier poor round proving costly in the end.

The under 16 team just missed out on qualifying for the final by 2 points, yet another start exclusion for Ryan Winwood proving costly but all 4 riders gave 100%.

This Sunday (11th June) we face reigning champions Wednesfield in Midland league action. Both teams are currently unbeaten so this promises to be a must see meeting. Action starts at 1pm with the juniors, seniors on track at 2PM.

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MIXED SUCCESS FOR MONARCH TEAMS

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Birmingham Monarchs had varying degrees of success in the National club championships this weekend in Newport and Poole with the junior teams and veterans in action.

Saturday saw the under 12’s and and Under 14’s teams taking to the track however neither team was able to track full line ups so progression was unlikely from the off. In the U12’s Connor Steel battled hard for his points whilst Rebekah Humphries was performing way above her experience until a fall in her 3rd race saw an end to her day. The team limped home 4th in the semi final.

In the Under 14’s injuries to Humphries as well as Dylan Hawtin meant again we were only able to track 3 riders in the final. Billy Winwood top scored with some forceful riding and both Ryan Winwood and Steel rode well but again another 4th place finish.

Sunday was the turn of the over 40’s team in Poole with hopes of a rostrum place. Overwhelming favourites were 5 times and current champions Leicester who started strong, unbeaten until heat 8.

The Monarchs started slowly with Paul Timms winning heat 2, either side of costly mistakes for Steve Hodgkinson (Heat1) and Carl Winwood (heat3) however the 2nd block of races saw more consistent performances and at the half way stage were level in 3rd with host club Poole and one behind Wednesfield.

Another steady 3rd block of heats saw us move level with Wednesfield in 2nd spot (31) with Leicester moving closer to the title on 40. With Poole’s challenge fading with every race it was now a 2 way battle for runner up spot. With one race to go Mark Winwood had to take a 2nd place at least to pass the Aces of Wednesfield.

Winwood briefly challenged on the opening corner but soon settled into a safe 2nd place to secure the runner up position overall, the club’s highest position for over a decade and beating the 3rd place from 2015.

The senior team and under 16 team were due to race in Horspath in Oxford on Monday so we will feature that action next week. The senior team were in the ‘group of death’ semi final so will need a solid performance to qualify for the final.

The next home fixture will be saturday 3rd June as Birmingham host the 4th round of the YJL, where trophies will be presented to the winners.

Training continues at the track every Tuesday and Thursday . Under 16’s 6PM, seniors 7PM.

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INDIVIDUAL ACTION FOR MONARCH MEN

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Birmingham Monarchs had no team action over the weekend however plenty of riders were in action in various on track action.

Round 2 of the Eurovets series saw veteran Monarchs travel to Stoke with varying degrees of success. Paul Timms recovered from a heavy fall and a no score heat to qualify for the 60’s A final and finished on the rostrum in 3rd place.

Mark Winwood was hoping to build on an opening round 2nd place in the 40’s however was only able to make the B final on this occasion and a 2nd place finish sees his points tally at 41 and slips to 5th in the standings.

Steve Hodgkinson had a solid afternoon to amass 14 points and a B final appearance, finishing in 2nd place however an after meeting crash saw him return home with 2 broken ribs.

On Sunday Birmingham riders represented the Midlands in the Battle of Britain competition with the Midlands winning both meetings against the North/Scotland. The Monarchs had representation from Scott Millward, Ricki Johnson, Mark Winwood and Ewan Hancox.

Johnson, Millward and Chris Timms represented a Sandwell side at Wednesfield on Saturday in a memorial meeting, both Johnson and Millward former Sandwell riders.

This bank holiday weekend is the club championships weekend with Monarchs teams entered into all categories.

The Under 12’s and 14’s travel to Newport on the Saturday, the Over 40’s travel to Poole on Sunday whilst the Under 16 and senior team are in action on Monday in Horspath in Oxford.

The next home fixture will be saturday 3rd June as Birmingham host the 4th round of the YJL, where trophies will be presented to the winners.

Training continues at the track every Tuesday and Thursday . Under 16’s 6PM, seniors 7PM.

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CROSS OVER SUCCESS IN DORSET

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Birmingham Monarchs took victory in Poole on Sunday in the opening meeting of the new South/South West league with a strong team showing, leading from the off.

The Monarchs started with a 6-4 with Hancox taking victory. Heats 3 and 7 were maximum advantages from the Johnson/Millward pairing with those heats in between shared to give the visitors a 10 point lead, at the interval that lead was stretched to 12.

It was the home side who made the brighter start with maximums in heats 10 and 12 to move to within 3 points of the Birmingham men. The reply tho was swift and brutal as the Monarchs took successive maximums in the next 2 races with both reserves playing key roles in both heats, Paul Timms and Hancox winning each race.

Poole weren’t to take another advantage until the final heat when the result was already known. The home side had the rider of the day in Polish star Matty Ganczarek who dropped a single point to Johnson however the Monarchs all round strength won through on the day.

SOUTH/SOUTH WEST CROSS OVER LEAGUE

POOLE 85 v BIRMINGHAM MONARCHS 94 – Nathan Groves 17+1 (5), Ricki Johnson 17+1 (5), Scott Millward 14+4 (5), Ewan Hancox 13+1 (5), Mark Winwood 11 (5), Paul Timms 11 (4), Chris Timms 10+1 (5), Phil Widdas 3+1 (2).

The mini Monarchs were in action in Coventry on Saturday in round 3 of the JYL. Charlie Buet Gannon made the A final of the U10’s and finished 4th. He lies 4th in the standings.

Connor Steel had to settle for runner up spot in the U12’s but was involved in some superb racing and excellent finishing, he leads the group by 6 points. Rebekah Humphries was in the thick of the action all day and just missed out on the A final, racing to 2nd spot in the B final.

Dylan Hawtin missed a golden opportunity to make the A final but slipped from 1st to 4th in his final race – he won the C final.

Jake Steel won the C final in the U18’s but was very much on the pace throughout whilst Marc Phipps won the D final.

The next home fixture will be saturday 3rd June as Birmingham host the 4th round of the YJL, where trophies will be presented to the winners.

Training continues at the track every Tuesday and Thursday . Under 16's 6PM, seniors 7PM.

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MONARCHS REMAIN UNBEATEN IN COVENTRY

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Birmingham Monarchs took victory in a tight encounter at Hearsall Common on Sunday with the lead switching right until the closing stages with the Monarch men taking the league points in Division one action.

It was the home side that took the initial lead but were soon pegged back by the visiting Monarchs who lead going into the interval. Again it was the Coventry side who started strong with a maximum in heat 10 and held a narrow 1 point lead.

They maintained the lead with a run of drawn heats until they found themselves with only one rider due to an injury to Kyle Roberts in heat 16. A 6-3 in that heat gave the monarchs the advantage with 2 races remaining.

It all came down to the final heat to secure victory with Chris Timms and Nathan Groves securing a maximum to give an extended final score.

Timms secured his first maximum of the season as he continues his recovery from injury but had decent back up despite 3 of the senior team missing the meeting.

MIDLAND LEAGUE DIVISION ONE

COVENTRY 86 v BIRMINGHAM MONARCHS 92 – Chris Timms 19+1 (5), Mark Winwood 16 (5), Paul Timms 15 (5), Scott Millward 12+5 (5), Nathan Groves 11+2 (5), Ewan Hancox 11+1 (5), Jake Steel 5 (3), Phil Widdas 3 (3).

The Division 2 encounter was all one sided with the home side dominating proceedings. Ewan Hancox top scored and was the only rider in double figures.

MIDLAND LEAGUE DIVISION 2

COVENTRY 93 V BIRMINGHAM MONARCHS 57 – Ewan Hancox 11+2 (4), Jake Steel 9 (3), Marc Phipps 8+1 (5), Ryan Winwood 8 (4), Connor Steel 7 (4), Dylan Hawtin 6 (3), William Arkinstall 5 (4), Rebekah Humphries 3 (3).

The day started with a win for the mini Monarchs who took a hard fought but well deserved win. All the youngsters played their part in keeping ahead of the Coventry youngsters throughout the match. Dylan Hawtin top scored for the Monarchs.

MIDLAND LEAGUE DIVISION 3

COVENTRY 36 v BIRMINGHAM MONARCHS 44 – Dylan Hawtin 13 (4), Connor Steel 11+1 (3), Ryan Winwood 10+2(4), Rebekah Humphries 7 (3), Charlie Buet Gannon 3+1 (2).

There is no home action at the track this Sunday, with the Monarchs travelling to Poole in the South West Cross over League. Training continues at the track every Tuesday and Thursday . Under 16’s 6PM, seniors 7PM.

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