EASTBOURNE 43 - SWINDON 47!

Saturday March 27, 2010
SWINDON'S 2010 Elite League campaign got underway in terrific fashion as Ronnie Russell’s side notched a four-point win at Eastbourne.

Bumper hauls from both Leigh Adams and Thomas H.Jonasson were integral to the Robins’ eventual success.

The margin of victory means the Robins collect three Elite League points.



EASTBOURNE
Matej Zagar 0 3 3 3 2 - - 11
Lukas Dryml 1 F D - - - - 1
Joonas Kylmakorpi 3 2 0 2 1* - - 8 (1)
Cameron Woodward (C) 2* 1* 1 2* - - - 6 (3)
Simon Gustafsson D 2 0 0 - - - 2
Ricky Kling D 1* 2 3 - - - 6 (1)
Dawid Lampart 3 2 2 1 1* - - 9 (1)
Team manager: Trevor Geer


SWINDON
Leigh Adams (C) 3 3 3 2 3 - - 14
Morten Risager 2* 0 3 1 - - - 6 (1)
Grzegorz Zengota 1 0 0 - - - - 1
Simon Stead D - - - - - - 0
Mads Korneliussen 3 2 3 1* F - - 9 (1)
Richard Sweetman 2 1* 1 0 1 - - 5 (1)
Thomas H. Jonasson 1* 1 3 2* 2 3 R 12 (2)
Team manager: Ronnie Russell
Referee: Dan Holt

Ht 1: Adams, Risager, Dryml, Zagar, 56.8 (1-5)
Ht 2: (Awarded) Lampart, Sweetman, Jonasson, Kling (f, disq), No Time (4-8)
Ht 3: (Re-Run) Kylmakorpi, Woodward, Zengota, Stead (f, disq), 58.5 (9-9)
Ht 4: (Re-Run) Korneliussen, Lampart, Jonasson, Gustafsson (f, disq), 58.5 (11-13)
Ht 5: (Re-Run) Adams, Kylmakorpi, Woodward, Risager, 57.9 (14-16)
Ht 6: Zagar, Korneliussen, Sweetman, Dryml (fell), 57.5 (17-19)
Ht 7: Jonasson, Gustafsson, Kling, Zengota, 59.3 (20-22)
Ht 8: (Re-Run) Risager, Lampart, Sweetman, Dryml (f, disq), 58.5 (22-26)
Ht 9: Korneliussen, Jonasson, Woodward, Kylmakorpi, 57.3 (23-31)
Ht 10: Zagar, Jonasson, Lampart, Zengota, 56.9 (27-33)
Ht 11: Adams, Kling, Risager, Gustafsson, 57.7 (29-37)
Ht 12: Jonasson, Kylmakorpi, Lampart, Sweetman, 58.6 (32-40)
Ht 13: Zagar, Adams, Korneliussen, Gustafsson, 57.1 (35-43)
Ht 14: Kling, Woodward, Sweetman, Jonasson (ret), 58.9 (40-44)
Ht 15: (Nominated) Adams (w), Zagar (r), Kylmakorpi (b), Korneliussen (y; fell), 57.3 (43-47)

Programme changes:
Ht 7: Jonasson replaced Stead; Ht 8: Sweetman replaced Jonasson; Ht 9: Jonasson replaced Sweetman; Ht 10: Lampart replaced Dryml; Jonasson replaced Stead; Ht 12: Jonasson replaced Zengota; Ht 14: Sweetman replaced Stead.

NOTE: Under the league scoring system, Swindon gained 3 points and Eastbourne received 0.

Swindon’s pre-season two-leg challenge encounter against Poole might have been eradicated by inclement weather, but any concerns the 2010 Robins were ring-rusty were rapidly dismissed as they hit the ground running at Eastbourne’s tricky Arlington circuit.

Indeed, Ronnie Russell’s side contributed a thoroughly professional display that included several excellent individual contributions. However, perhaps the most impressive feature of Swindon’s success was the way in which the Robins prevailed in the face of adversity. A nasty looking heat three fall for Simon Stead ruled the popular Brit out for the remainder of the meeting.

His programmed rides thereafter were filled by the reserve pairing of Thomas H. Jonasson and guest rider Richard Sweetman, both of whom rode with aplomb. Jonasson was particularly impressive, the Swedish youngster who endured a torrid time in the Bob Kilby Memorial meeting just six days earlier, rode with great maturity and his eventual fourteen point haul underpinned Swindon’s success.

Aside from Jonasson’s eye-catching haul, there was an excellently acquired fourteen point contribution from Robins’ Captain Leigh Adams and a well deserved paid ten from Mads Korneliussen. Elsewhere, Morten Risager conjured a useful paid seven whilst Polish youngster Grzegorz Zengota, despite being right amongst the action, carded just a solitary point.

Eastbourne’s score-card was topped by Slovenian thrill merchant Matej Zagar. The Eagles’ number one amassed an eleven point total but was the only home rider to register a double-figure score.

Swindon started the meeting strongly as Leigh Adams and Morten Risager romped to a well engineered 5-1. Some trademark team-riding from the Robins’ skipper guided Risager home as the Robins rode to an early four-point advantage.

A heat win for Eastbourne’s David Lampart ensured a points share in the ensuing race before the Eagles’ middle order pairing of Cameron Woodward and Joonas Kylmakorpi notched a 5-1 to level the scores in the third.

The initial staging of the race saw Simon Stead take a fall and tangle with Cameron Woodward which ruled out the Robins’ rider for the remainder of the night. A 4-2 from Mads Korneliussen and Thomas H. Jonasson handed Swindon a 2 point advantage in race four, a lead that Morten Risager and Richard Sweetman doubled with a 4-2 of their own in heat eight.

The dynamic pairing of Korneliussen and Jonasson notched a cleverly worked 5-1 in heat nine which propelled Swindon into an eight point lead. A race eleven Eastbourne 4-2 narrowed Swindon’s lead to six points, before an identical result from the Robins’ pairing of Adams and Risager ensued in the following heat.

An Eastbourne 5-1 in the penultimate race cut Swindon’s lead to four points before a shared heat fifteen maintained the Robins’ advantage.

It was the performance team boss Ronnie Russell had worked hard to achieve, with extensive practice sessions on Swindon’s technical junior track seemingly paying dividends.


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