ROBINS VICTORIOUS IN 4TT!

Thursday September 17, 2009
SWINDON emerged triumphant from an incident-packed and thoroughly entertaining Four-Team Tournament at the Abbey Stadium.

Leigh Adams led the way with a 12-point maximum as the Robins accumulated 32 points. Meanwhile, Cradley Heath were second on 29, Oxford third on 20 and Reading just behind in fourth position on 19.



SWINDON
Leigh Adams (C) 3 3 3 3 - - - 12
Simon Stead 2 3 2 1 - - - 8
Mads Korneliussen 2 2 1 3 - - - 8
Morten Risager 3 0 0 1 - - - 4
Team manager: Alun Rossiter

CRADLEY HEATH
Hans Andersen 2 3 3 2 - - - 10
Adam Shields (C) 3 3 2 3 - - - 11
Cameron Woodward 1 1 0 3 - - - 5
Cory Gathercole 0 1 1 1 - - - 3
Team manager: Colin Pratt

OXFORD
Troy Batchelor 3 2 3 0 - - - 8
Lewis Bridger 2 1 4 0 - - - 7
Steve Johnston (C) 1 2 0 0 - - - 3
Paul Hurry 1 D 1 R - - - 2
Team manager: Richard Palmer

READING
Matej Zagar M 4 3 1 - - - 8
Patrick Hougaard D 0 2 2 - - - 4
Travis McGowan 1 0 D 2 - - - 3
Mark Lemon (C) 0 1 1 2 - - - 4
Richard Sweetman (Res) 0 - - - - - - 0
Team manager: Tim Sugar
Referee: Graham Reeve

Ht 1: (Re-Run) Risager, Andersen, Hurry, Hougaard (f, disq), 66.46
Ht 2: Shields, Korneliussen, Johnston, Sweetman, Zagar (ex, 2 mins), 65.39
Ht 3: Batchelor, Stead, McGowan, Gathercole, 65.58
Ht 4: Adams, Bridger, Woodward, Lemon, 65.02
Ht 5: Shields, Batchelor, Lemon, Risager, 65.86
Ht 6: Andersen, Korneliussen, Bridger, McGowan, 66.15
Ht 7: (Re-Run) Stead, Zagar (TR), Woodward, Hurry (f, disq), 66.08
Ht 8: Adams, Johnston, Gathercole, Hougaard, 66.15
Ht 9: Zagar, Bridger (TR), Gathercole, Risager, 66.67
Ht 10: Batchelor, Hougaard, Korneliussen, Woodward, 66.33
Ht 11: (Re-Run) Andersen, Stead, Lemon, Johnston, 66.52
Ht 12: (Awarded) Adams, Shields, Hurry, McGowan (f, disq), No Time
Ht 13: Korneliussen, Lemon, Gathercole, Hurry (ret), 66.83
Ht 14: Woodward, McGowan, Risager, Johnston, 67.08
Ht 15: Shields, Hougaard, Stead, Bridger, 67.02
Ht 16: Adams, Andersen, Zagar, Batchelor, 66.58

Programme changes:
Ht 2: Sweetman replaced Zagar; Ht 7: TR Zagar (Double points); Ht 9: TR Bridger (Double points).


THIS HIGHLY anticipated encounter saw supporters from all four clubs descend on the Abbey Stadium. A fantastic atmosphere was present throughout and with the terraces bursting with colour, an array of competitive on track action certainly made the event one to savour.

The Swindon quartet set the pace from the outset and Alun Rossiter's side demonstrated plenty of strength in depth during the sixteen heat formula.

An immaculate twelve point haul from Leigh Adams headed the Robins' score-chart. The Australian stalwart rode with conviction throughout and received solid support from Simon Stead and Mads Korneliussen who both notched eight point hauls.

The Cradley Heathens certainly showed bundles of tenacity right from the get go. Indeed, the Colin Pratt managed side took the meeting to a last heat decider and provided the large scale Heathens' travelling support with a performance to be proud of.

A combined twenty-one point score from the Adam Shields and Hans Andersen combination kept Cradley in contention throughout. The duo dropped just three points between them and showed eye-catching speed from the outset.

Oxford’s charge was fronted by the youthful combination of Troy Batchelor and Lewis Bridger. The Cheetahs’ made a decent start to proceedings but faded in the middle to latter section of the meeting.

Paul Hurry endured a luckless evening, the Swindon reserve fell in his second outing and then was plagued by mechanical gremlins in his fourth.

The Ideal Video Reading Racers’ evening got underway in unfortunate fashion with falls for Patrick Hougaard in the opening followed by a two minute exclusion for Matej Zagar in the ensuing heats.

Things did improve for the Berkshire side as the meeting shuffled past the half way stage. Indeed, the Tim Sugar managed side were close to catching Oxford in the closing stages with their score-chart headed by an eight point return from Matej Zagar.


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