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Hethersett Hawks Season Results and Reports 2008

British Champions Sign - February 18th, 2008

Hethersett Hawks/Swinton and Co cycle speedway has signed two former British Champions ahead of the start of the new season which opens on Easter Sunday. 

In addition the club has the possibility of two more former British champions also joining before the start of the season 

“There is an excited air of anticipation around the club as we look to follow a very successful 2007 season,” said club secretary Mel Perkins.” 

The announcement of the new signings was made at the club’s annual general meeting an update was also given on the extensive refurbishment of the track with a complete new drainage system and preparations for a new surface that should arrive any day. 

Phil Howells, who has extended his Secondary Licence for another 12 months but will race more regularly for Hethersett this season as he is not committed to Premier League racing with Leicester, will be joined by Darren Slater.  Darren has been out of the sport for five years but previously won the British Under-16 title the same year that he finished third in the Senior event at the age of 15. 

At the meeting long-serving Committee member Dave Veness stepped down together with Roy Abbott and they were thanked for their commitment to the Club. Assistant Secretary Julie Bedson stepped down from those duties but will remain on the Committee with her place being taken by Janet Perkins.  Also joining the Committee will be David Chambers, Tim Grimes, David Martin and David Adams. 

Pre-season training for team members is due to start on Tuesday March 4th with newcomers welcome at Club Nights from April 1st.  

That's Shale-Lot - March 3rd, 2008

Hethersett Hawks’ Swinton and Co Cycle Speedway’s preparations for the season took a giant leap forward with the delivery of 30 tins of shale from Edinburgh. 

The new shale has been spread on the Memorial Playing Field track to provide a top class racing surface in time for the start of the new season at Easter. 

It is only the second time that the track has been re-surfaced since it was built in 1966. The first was way back in 1977. 

The shale and transport cost Ł1,200 and the official opening of the re-furbished track will be on Saturday April 19th, although the first match on it takes place on April 12th and club nights start on Tuesday April 1st

“The improved racing conditions have been made possible thanks to a grant from South Norfolk Council, the loan of a grader by Hethersett Youth Cricket Club and the support of the Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Committee,” said club secretary Mel Perkins.   

Season Starter - March 10th, 2008

Four riders from Hethersett Hawks / Swinton and Co cycle speedway club got their season underway when they took part in the Malcolm Flood Memorial Trophy at Eaton Park.   

Ben Collins qualified for the final by finishing in the top two in the heats.  Dan Chambers and Phil Adams, who suffered a fall, reached the semi-final play-offs from which two went through to the final.  Dan made it through but Phil finished third and missed out.  In the final Ben finished second behind Sandwell's Paul Heard while Dan came fourth.  Harley Hamill competed well in the heats for 11 points but just missed the play-offs. 

Training is continuing at Harford Park on Tuesday evenings while the new surface at Hethersett is still being prepared.


Posted - April 15th


HETHERSETT HAWKS / SWINTON & CO finally got their League season off the ground even though a hailstorm threatened the second match.  Entertaining Ipswich the Hawks started with a South-East Youth League match. Good team-riding by Ben Collins set the scene as his partner went through to record a 7-3 win in heat one and the Hawks piled on the pressure to be 49-31 up at the interval.  Even given young substitute Callum Martin some rides near the end did not prevent a comprehensive 92-67 win by the reigning champions. Hamill went ton to complete a maximum and Dan Chambers was also unbeaten by an Ipswich rider.
(Harley Hamill 20 Phil Adams 19 Dan Chambers 18 Ben Collins 15 Danny Woods 11 Carly Grimes 5 Callum Martin 4)
In the Norfolk & Suffolk League match that followed the Hawks got off to a dream start by registering four 7-3 wins in the first five heats. Former British Junior Champion Dan Pike kept Ipswich's score ticking with a faultless maximum but solid teamwork eased the Hawks to victory. Harley Hamill added three more unbeaten rides while Dave Chambers made his debut and won a race.  Unlucky Tim Grimes came into the final heat for his first match for over 20 years and was leading before falling heavily and taking no further part.
(Dave Martin 17 David Adams 16 Jazz Abbott 16 Dan Chambers 12 Phil Adams 12 Ben Collins 11 Dave Chambers 10 Harley Hamill 10 Tim Grimes 0.)

Posted April 21st

Councillor Leslie Dale presents the awards to the Breckland Autos Charity Cup winners.

Hethersett Hawks/Swinton and Co had a busy but successful weekend of racing at the Memorial Playing Field when local councillors were on hand to officially open the newly refurbished track as the club staged the Breckland Autos Charity Cup.   

Last year's winner Josh Brooke from Great.Blakenham won four races but was relegated to third place in his last race. However, his 18 points were enough to retain the cup as the chasing pack just failed to make that mark.  A day of excellent racing saw four of his opponents make 17 points so a race-off was required for minor placings on the rostrum.  

Ian Grange (Norwich) sped away to win the race with former British and European Champion Andre Cross, who started his career with the Hawks but now represents Poole, holding on with tired legs to finish second leaving Gary Brown (Somersham) and Jazz Abbott (Hethersett) the unlucky riders. 

Brooke was back at Hethersett on Sunday in Ipswich colours for South-East League matches.  He and former British Junior Champion Dan Pike were outstanding for the visitors but Hethersett rode well as a team and had strength in depth to secure at good victory, climaxed by a brilliant 7-3 in the final heat from Dan Chambers and Jazz Abbott. It was a really good tactical performance with Dave Chambers scoring a vital unbeaten three rides at reserve. 

Hethersett 97, Ipswich 82. Hethersett - Dan Chambers 16, J.Abbott 15, D.Adams 13, H.Hamill 12, B.Collins 12, P.Adams 12, Dave Chambers 10, T.Grimes 7. 

Hethersett were far too strong for a very young Ipswich side in the Division Two match but Danny Woods was given an opportunity to show his potential and he took it well. Philip and David Adams plus Dan Chambers were all unbeaten. 

Hethersett B 101, Ipswich B 59. Hethersett - D.Woods 19, H.Hamill 15, P.Adams 15, Dan Chambers 15, D.Adams 14, B.Collins 13, Dave Chambers 8, M.Perkins 2. 

Posted April 28th

Hethersett Hawks/Swinton and Co gave a record performance in the second regional round of the Wosskow Brown British Youth & Junior League held in Norwich - they amassed the highest score the Club has achieved in this competition.   

The 18-strong squad were led by Ben Collins who notched a maximum 16 points and was very unlucky not to win the Grand Prix Final.  He was a clear leader on the third lap when the race was stopped due to a faller at the back.  He failed to make the front in the rerun and had to settle for third place. Other riders to make "A" Finals were Callum Martin, Shane Miller, Dave Chambers, Jazz Abbott and David Adams but the strength was in the depth of the squad scoring vital points 

Ipswich 239 Hethersett 172 Norwich 114 Gt.Blakenham 85 Kesgrave 70 Colchester 25 Spixwoth 4 

Hethersett scorers were: Ben Collins 16, Shane Miller 15, Dan Chambers 15, Callum Martin 14, Jazz Abbott 14, Phil Adams 11, Norton Hamill 10, Scott Grimes 10, David Adams 9, Oliver Forder-Wilcox 8, Harley Hamill 8, Daniel Martin 7, Katie Adams 7, Danny Woods 7, Axl Johnson 6, Ryan Cubitt 5, Jaie Abbott 5, Carly Grimes 5 

The following day 41 riders from all over the South-East were at Hethersett for the second round of a Regional Grand Prix Series. Sixteen home riders took part and the most successful were brothers Phil and David Adams who won the Under-16s and Under-19s respectively. Callum Martin, Dan Chambers, Dave Martin and Tim Grimes were runners-up in their categories. 

Hethersett's Under-13/Novice team rode very well at Eaton Park and took second place in the opening round of the Norfolk League.  Scott Grimes, in his first match back after a long injury, lost just once. 

Norwich A 56 Hethersett 47 Norwich B 25 Spixworth 20. Hethersett scorers: Scott Grimes 15, Axl Johnson 11, Ryan Cubitt 11, Jaie Abbott 10. 

Posted May 5th

Hethersett Hawks/Swinton and Co had a terrific three days of competition in Leicester and, despite having the youngest team there, came away with a lot of credit from the European Club Championships. Facing Premier League teams plus six very strong teams from Poland they finished joint 12th in the qualifying rounds and then fifth in a repechage event in a last attempt to make the semi-finals. 

David Adams particularly impressed as he competed strongly with the best and was rewarded with a terrific win in the final event passing a Polish rider on the line to receive the biggest cheer of the day. Brother Phil capped his 100% effort all weekend by leading from the front in Hethersett's final race to take the chequered flag. Dan Chambers, the youngest member of the team, found the pace tough but did beat the World No.2 in one qualifier by being well placed when an incident happened ahead.  Ben Collins suffered a hand injury in the second qualifier and had to withdraw from the event giving a chance for recent veteran signing Dave Chambers to have some races and show how quickly he has picked up the sport.  There was even a chance for emergency sub club secretary Mel Perkins to have a race in the repechage. 

Results: Qualifier 1 -- Leicester 72, Bydgoszcz 71, Birmingham 56, Hethersett 41, East Newport 37 Southampton no score. 

Qualifier 2 -- Leszno 70, Horspath 57, Gt.Blakenham 54, Birmingham 51, Hethersett 35, Edinburgh 25 

Final Qualifying scores -- Leicester 12, Leszno 12, Bydgoszcz 11, Czestochowa 11, Torun 10, Gt.Blakenham 9, Wednesfield 8, Norwich 8, Birmingham 7, Horspath 7, Ostrow 6, Hethersett 5, East Newport 5, Gniezno 5, Sheffield 4, Edinburgh 2. 

Repechage -- Gt.Blakenham 61, Gneizno 59, Birmingham 55, Norwich 53, Hethersett 35, Edinburgh 10. 

Polish sides took the first three places in the final which was very close and needed a race-off to decide the European Club title - scores -- Torun 43, Leszno 43, Bydgoszcz 42, Wednesfield 30 

The Norfolk Grand Prix series is the other end of the competitive scene from the European Championships but 31 riders turned up for two hours racing at Hethersett.  Among them were 17 home riders including two new recruits in Nyal Dodds and Robert Gamble.  Phil Adams was leading the U16 Final but fell and was excluded from a rerun in which Dan Chambers finished second and Ben Collins third. Axl Johnson reached the U13/Novice Final and finished third while in the Senior event David Adams finished third. 

Posted May 12th - Under-16 Champions Again

Hethersett Hawks/Swinton and Co recovered from a disastrous start to storm back and retain their British Under-16 Club Championship in the blistering heat at Eaton Park.  After making it through the Semi-Finals without being at their best, apart from Ben Collins who reeled off four straight wins, they had two falls and an exclusion in the first four heats of the final. 

They trailed by six points and seemed to have a mountain to climb but two more wins by Collins and one each from Dan Chambers and Phil Adams saw them edge two points ahead with four races left.  However, their closest rivals home side Norwich had four inside grids to come and were favourites. 

Needing to beat two Norwich riders in the four remaining heats first Chambers passed Liam Parker and then man of the match Collins left it to the final lap to pass Danny Wright.  Sandwell's Scott Millward also came through which effectively gave Hethersett the title, Phil Adams only needing to finish the final heat.  It was a truly determined effort by the whole team, epitomised by least experienced Harley Hamill who kept his nerve under pressure. 

Semi-Final -- Hethersett 50, Gt.Blakenham 42; Poole 42, Sheffield 24. Hethersett scores - Ben Collins 16, Dan Chambers 13, Phil Adams 10, Harley Hamill 8, Danny Woods 3 

Final - Hethersett 43, Norwich 41, Sandwell 37, Gt.Blakenham 36. Hethersett scores - Ben Collins 15, Dan Chambers 12, Phil Adams 9, Harley Hamill 7. 

Earlier in the week Hethersett riders took the first three places in the Carmichael Norfolk Under-16 Championship at a dusty Harford Park. All three finished on 19 points and it was Phil Adams who sped away to become Norfolk Champion from the first corner after Dan Chambers slipped on exit while Ben Collins fell when trying a late pass.  Scott Grimes and Harley Hamill also qualified in the top eight to go forward to the East Anglian Final with Danny Woods going as reserve. 

The busy week ended with the visit of Gt.Blakenham to the Memorial Playing Field for South East League action.  The Hawks were hit by two key non-arrivals and the reshuffled team put up a good show but the visitors were too strong on the day. Phil Adams and Tim Grimes pulled off a good 6-4 win in heat 10 and Dave Martin and Dan Chambers did likewise in heat 16 but they were the only heat successes.  

Hethersett 77 Gt.Blakenham 103. Hethersett scores - Dave Martin 15, Ben Collins 11, David Adams 10, Dan Chambers 10, Harley Hamill 10, Phil Adams 10, Tim Grimes 6, Dave Chambers 5. 

In the Division Two match Gt. Blakenham were down on numbers and had to use two restricted riders which gave Hethersett B a 30 point start.  They held on to win by eight points despite a nasty pile-up involving Phil Adams and Dave Chambers.  David Adams was particularly impressive. 

Hethersett B 98 (68+30), Gt.Blakenham B 90. Hethersett scorers - David Adams 14, Ben Collins 13, Dan Chambers 12, Harley Hamill 10, Phil Adams 8, Dave Chambers 5, Scott Grimes 5, Tim Grimes 1. 

Posted May 19th

Hethersett Hawks/Swinton and Co moved a step closer to qualifying for the national rounds of the Wosskow Brown British Youth and Junior League by scoring 165 points in the third regional round at their own track in damp chilly conditions.  With one round left they look set to seal one of the two "high scorer" places that join the regional winners.   

Their squad of 19 riders was spread over the six age groups.  Top scorers came in the Under-16 group where Dan Chambers, Ben Collins and Phil Adams, riding with a broken toe, all impressed.  There was a debut by Ben Woodier while Carly Grimes showed improved from and Tiffany Collins continued her comeback from a long-term ankle injury.  The race of the day was the A Final of the Under-16s with Dan Chambers just pipping Ben Collins on the line. 

Ipswich 271, Hethersett 165, Great Blakenham 60, Kesgrave 56, Norwich 36 Colchester 17. Hethersett scorers - Phil Adams 15, Dan Chambers 14, Ben Collins 14, Tiffany Collins 11, Carly Grimes 11, David Adams 11, Callum Martin 10, Norton Hamill 9, Oliver Forder-Wilcox 9, Axl Johnson 9, Marcus Woods 8, Harley Hamill 8, Katie Adams 7, Ryan Cubitt 7, Jaie Abbott 6, Danny Woods 6, Ben Woodier 5, Daniel Martin 4, Scott Grimes 1. 

The Hawks went to Suffolk to race Somersham with a side hit by injuries but pulled off a sound victory in the Norfolk and Suffolk League.  A 7-3 win from Harley Hamill and Dan Chambers in heat five put Hethersett ahead and Chambers paired up with Ben Collins two races later for another 7-3. Phil Adams and Dave Martin restored a 10-point lead in heat 12 which they defended well until the home side got a consolation 7-3 in the final race. 

Somersham 87, Hethersett 93. Hethersett - Dave Martin 18, Ben Collins 16, David Adams 15, Harley Hamill 12, Phil Adams 12, Dan Chambers 11, Danny Woods 5, Tim Grimes 4. 

In the second Norfolk Grand Prix at Spixworth, Scott Grimes won the Under-13s and Ben Collins won the Under-16s. 

Posted May 26th

HETHERSETT HAWKS / SWINTON & CO had a very wet visit to Suffolk on Sunday but came back with two good victories. The Under-16 team kept up their three-year unbeaten record at Ipswich in the morning.  Ben Collins was in brilliant form for a maximum with Dan Chambers and Phil Adams only losing once apiece. But the best performance came from Carly Grimes who won two races in key 7-3 wins.  It was also good to see Tiffany Collins continuing her comeback from injury and she was unlucky not to score more points.
(D.Chambers 20 B.Collins 19 P.Adams 19 H.Hamill 12 C.Grimes 12 T.Collins 5)
Then it was on to Kesgrave to face big puddles and sawdust on the track for a South-East Division 1 match. The track conditions took some getting used to and a puncture then a rare error by Ben Collins found the Hawks six points down after five heats. From then on they settled down and good teamwork, superior fitness and a faultless maximum from Dave Martin ensured that Kesgrave did not win another race until the final heat.  By then  the match was Hethersett's after David and Phil Adams scored a 7-3 win in heat 16 and Martin and Collins did the same in the next heat.  Other key points were the return of Jazz Abbott despite a painful foot injury and Tim Grimes' three good rides from the reserve position.
(D.Martin 20 D.Chambers 14 D.Adams 13 B.Collins 13 P.Adams 11 H.Hamill 9 J.Abbott 9 T.Grimes 7)
The previous day at Kesgrave two Hethersett riders took part in an U13 invitation event.  Jaie Abbott included a win in his 10 points but Scott Grimes was forced to pull out after two races with continuing troublesome wrist.
The Hawks had to admit second best to a more experienced Norwich side but battled well in the opening Norfolk U16 Intermediate League match at Hethersett.  Harley Hamill was in good form and there was a fine team debut for Robert Gamble who stepped in to make a B team when Spixworth failed to appear.
(A - H.Hamill 14 T.Collins 12 D.Woods 12 C.Grimes 11; B - R.Gamble 8)

Posted June 2nd

The Hethersett Hawks Under-10 squad at the British Club Championships are pictured on the left and on the right Oliver Forder-Wilcox leads the way for Hethersett Hawks.

HETHERSETT HAWKS / SWINTON & CO took a very young Under-10 team to Kesgrave for the British Club Championships at that level and, apart from an impressive Oliver Forder-Wilcox who won three races, they found the opposition very tough.  However, they never gave up and the 12 competition points scored in this event means that the Club stay top of the overall table having won the Under-16 event.

Semi-Final score -    Newport 52 Kesgrave 45 Wednesfield 35 Hethersett 28 (O.Forder-Wilcox 14 C.Martin 6 K.Adams 4 O.Nicholas 2 N.Hamill 2)
Six Hetherrsett riders were back at Kesgrave the following day for a round of the South East Grand Prix and three of them won their groups - Philip Adams (U16) David Adams (U19) and Tim Grimes (VET).  Dan Chambers was runner-up in the U16s while in a very competitive U13 event Scott Grimes was fourth in the B Final and Axl Johnson second in the C Final.
There was a reduced field at the rearranged Norfolk Grand Prix at Harford Park due to holidays.  In the U13/Novice category Scott Grimes was second and there was a very impressive debut from Liam Banthorpe who finished third. Ben Collins was outstanding all evening and made a late pass to winthe U16s with Dan Chambers third. Tim Grimes (2nd) and Mel Perkins (3rd) were finalists in the Senior event.

Posted June 9th

HETHERSETT HAWKS / SWINTON & CO travelled to the West Midlands to face Sandwell in the first round of the British Team Championship.  Faced with a tricky track and an experienced opposition the Hawks struggled but battled gamely and gave an improved performance by the second half.  Dave Martin won his last two races and Jazz Abbott also gained a victory.  The rest of the side put in a lot of effort but got little reward and the size of the defeat did not do the side justice.
SANDWELL 113 HETHERSETT 67 - (D.Martin 16 J.Abbott 12 D.Adams 9 B.Collinsw 8 D.Chambers 7 P.Adams 7 H.Hamill 5 T.Grimes 3)
Three days earlier the Hawks were at Eaton Park to race Norwich in a rearranged South-east League match.  In an incident-packed match the Hawks led for a while but chances of victory faded when Jazz Abbott went to hospital after his third ride when he fell heavily on his shoulder trying to avoid a fallen home rider.  Ben Collins was in good form winning two races to support captain Dave Martin who only lost one race.
NORWICH 94 HETHERSETT 83 - (D.Martin 19 B.Collins 15 D.Adams 10 D.Chambers 10 P.Adams 8 H.Hamill 8 T.Grimes 8 J.Abbott 4 M.Perkins 1)
The Hawks got some revenge with victory over Norwich in the Norfolk U13/Novice League match at Harford Park.  Scott Grimes was unbeaten and Axl Johnson and Liam Banthorpe won three races each,
(A - S.Grimes 16 A.Johnson 15.5 L.Banthorpe 14 R.Gamble 9; B - I.Bocz 9 Jaie Abbott 8 C.Martin 7 R.Cubitt 6)
The scheduled Regional Round of the Wosskow Brown British Youth & Junior League at Somersham was rained off and will now take place this Saturday with the older age groups transferring to Gt.Blakenham to race after the Home International featuring Hawks captain Dave Martin who is riding for Ireland.

Posted - June 17th

HETHERSETT HAWKS / SWINTON & CO had one of their busiest weekends but emerged top of three League tables with their unbeaten records intact and having qualified for the National Rounds of the Wosskow Brown British Youth & Junior League for the first time in four years.  They opened with a first team match at Ipswich Friday night and gave a really good team-riding performance.  Ipswich won the first and last races but in between there were five 7-3 wins for the Hawks with reserve riders Harley Hamill and Danny Woods featuring in two of them.  Dave Martin was in good form ahead of his debut for Ireland the next day when he scored 10 points as his side finished third in the Home International won by England.
(D.Adams 16 D.Martin 16 J.Abbott 15 P.Adams 13 B.Collins 12 D.Chambers 11 H.Hamill 8 D.Woods 8)
Saturday's rearranged Youth & Junior Regional Round was staged at two tracks.  The younger groups started at Somersham where Callum Martin was outstanding for 15 points and a third place in the Grand Prix Final while Norton Hamill passed three opponents in his races  The older groups raced at Great Blakenham after the Home International and star turn  here was Harley Hamill who got to his first U16 Final and duly won it with a strong start and smooth laps while others behind, including Ben Collins and Dan Chambers, fought each other at every corner. Scott Grimes also made third place in the U14s with Jazz Abbott and David Adams second and third in the U18s. Phil Adams had an unlucky match with a harsh exclusion and a fall limiting his scores.

(C.Martin 15 B.Collins 15 D.Chambers 14 S.Grimes 12 H.Hamill 12 Jazz Abbott 12 C.Grimes 11 N.Hamill 10 L.Banthorpe 10 O.Forder-Wilcox 9 R.Cubitt 9 D.Woods 9 P.Adams 9 A.Johnson 8.5 Jaie Abbott 8 D.Adams 8)

The following day the "B" team and Youth team visited Colchester and secured two more wins.  The B team quickly built up a lead so all four substitutes got rides. The track was loose and difficult to race but David Adams, Dan Chambers and Ben Collins made it look easy with faultless maximums.
(D.Adams 19 B.Collins 14 H.Hamill 14 D.Chambers 13 D.Woods 12 P.Adams 9 M.Perkins 6 T.Grimes 5 S.Grimes 2 C.Grimes 1)
In the Youth League match the Hawks went ahead with a Phil Adams / Danny Woods 7-3 in heat 2 and four more 7-3 wins secured victory before Colchester got two consolation 7-3 wins at the end. Highlight was the last bend pass by Phil Adams over top home rider Jonjo Slaughter in heat 12.
(B.Collins 17 D.Woods 16 P.Adams 14 H.Hamill 14 D.Chambers 12 S.Grimes 8 C.Grimes 6)
In midweek an uneventful Norfolk U16 Intermediate League match at Spixworth saw Hethersett sides finish second and third with Harley Hamill in good form again.
(A - H.Hamill 14 C.Grimes 11 D.Woods 11 S.Grimes 11; B - J.Abbott 7 R.Gamble 7 A.Johnson 7 L.Banthorpe 7)

Hethersett Hawks/Swinton and Co welcomed Great Blakenham to Hethersett in the South East Youth league and the Norfolk & Suffolk League. The youth match was an extremely close affair, with the two competitive sides being within 3 points of each other throughout the whole match. Hethersett took an early lead with 7-3 wins in heats 3 (H Hamill & S Grimes) & 6(D Chambers & D Woods). However, Great Blakenham never gave up and finally won by the slender margin of 2 points. Ben Collins top scored for Hethersett with an impressive 19 points. 

HETHERSETT 79 GREAT BLAKENHAM 81. Hethersett scorers -

(B.Collins 19 D.Chambers 15+3 D.Woods 14 S.Grimes14 H.Hamill 10+4 A.Johnson 4 C.Grimes 3). 

Next up was the senior side for the Norfolk & Suffolk league match. The Hawks pulled themselves together after the disappointment of the first match and gave a great display of well-controlled team riding. Although only 2 points up at the half-way mark against the much fancied Gt.Blakenham team, the Hawks kept control and ran out winners by a comfortable 7 points. All riders scored well with Dave Martin achieving top points on 16. Lawrie Bedson (13 points) was also in impressive form, although a gate exclusion kept his overall score down. 

HETHERSETT 92 GREAT BLAKENHAM 85. Hethersett scores -

(D. Martin 16+2 D.Adams 14+1 B.Collins 13+3 L.Bedson 13+1 J.Abbott 12+1 D.Chambers 12+1 P.Adams10+2 H.Hamill 2).

On Sunday the Hawks welcomed Norwich to the Memorial Playing Field. In the South East League Division One. Norwich fielded a very experienced and strong Premier League team that was too powerful for the young Hethersett side. With the gale force winds the Hawks were blown away by the Norwich outfit. The youngsters from Hethersett never gave up the fight and even recorded four 7-3 heat wins against their illustrious opponents. Jazz Abbott produced a spirited fighting display with David Adams also winning two heats to return a 15 point score.

HETHERSETT 79 NORWICH 99. Hethersett scorers:(D.Adams 15 B.Collins 14+3 J Abbott 12 P.Adams 12 D.Chambers 8+1 D.Martin 8+1 H.Hamill 6+1 D.Woods 4). 

In the South East Youth League match the Hawks got back to winning ways after their first defeat of the season the previous day. Philip Adams was outstanding with a 20 point maximum. He was ably supported by good performances from Dan Chambers and Ben Collins.

HETHERSETT 88 NORWICH 72. Hethersett scores -(P.Adams 20 D.Chambers 17+2 B.Collins 16 H.Hamill 13+1 S.Grimes8+1 D.Woods 7 C.Grimes 5 C.Martin 2).

Scott Grimes was the sole HETHERSETT HAWKS / SWINTON & CO rider at Newport in Wales to contest the British U13 Individual Championship.  He rode well in the Semi-Final to qualify with comfort and then gave a very accomplished show in the Final finishing in the top 8.  It is good to see Scott back at his best after confidence sapping injuries before and during the season.  


HETHERSETT HAWKS / SWINTON & CO took part in the National Rounds of the Wosskow Brown British Youth & Junior League for the first time in four years and gave a terrific team performance to finish joint third in the first round at Bury (Lancs).  With 130 riders taking part over nine hours of racing was needed and the competition was tough.   

The Club's Under-12s and Under-14s battled really hard for sufficient points that gave a good platform for the older riders. When the Under-16s raced it was very competitive and physical but they stood up to the challenge with Dan Chambers outstanding.  He reached the U16 Final and finished third after some fast riding in the heats for 13 points.  Scores were tight going into the Under-18s and David Adams was sensational scoring 14 points and then leading the Final for three laps after three restarts.  He eventually finished third and it was a great end to a good day fro the team. 


(D.Adams 14 D.Chambers 13 Jazz Abbott 12 B.Collins 12 P.Adams 12 H.Hamill 10 S.Grimes 10 Jaie Abbott 9 T.Collins 7 R.Cubitt 7 C.Grimes 5 A.Johnson 4) 

In the Norfolk Grand Prix round 4 at Eaton Park Marcus Woods showed his great promise with a maximum in the U13/Novice event followed by a second place in the Final. Scott Grimes was also unbeaten but fell in the final. The Under-16s was dominated by Phil Adams who won his four heats then romped away in the Final followed closely by Ben Collins and Dan Chambers. David Adams was again in good form in the U19/Senior/Vets event finishing third. 

HETHERSETT HAWKS / SWINTON & CO had a busy time with two local matches and two long trips in five days but it was very rewarding for the Club. 

At Wednesfield the Hawks finished second in the British U19 Club Championship with a side that contained three U16 riders.  In the Semi-Final they took time to adjust to the large fast track but by the second half they stamped their authority to win the round with David Adams and Jazz Abbott in great form.


(D.Adams 15 J.Abbott 11 P.Adams 10 B.Collins 9 D.Chambers 7)

In the Final the Hawks battled well and were level with the home side favourites at the interval.  A couple of unlucky rides saw their title hopes fade but they kept their cool to stave off a challenge from Gt.Blakenham for second place.  Jazz Abbott was outstanding with two excellent passes.


(J.Abbott 13 D.Adams 9 B.Collins 7 P.Adams 7 D.Chambers 4)

The result keeps Hethersett in second place in the overall Championship behind Wednesfield and this Saturday it is the U13 team's turn to chase points in their Club Championship at Astley & Tyldesley near Manchester. 

Sadly Mel Perkins could not emulate the youngsters at Wednesfield where he found himself unable to make the Final after five tough qualifying heats in the British Veterans 50+ Championship. 

Closer to home at a very wet Spixworth the Hawks crowned two new Norfolk Champions. Scott Grimes completed a maximum to take the U13 title while Oliver Forder-Wilcox won the U10 event. There was a trophy too for Axl Johnson who rode well to secure third place in the U13s.  Ryan Cubitt, Jack Andrews and Liam Banthorpe all qualified with Grimes and Johnson for the East Anglian Championships. 

The Hawks extended their lead at the top of the South-East Youth League by competing a double over neighbours Norwich.  Solid teamwork and good understanding from the Dan Chambers (unbeaten) and Harley Hamill pairing saw the side comfortably home with Scott Grimes continuing to show improvement.


(P.Adams 18 B.Collins 18 H.Hamill 18 D.Chambers 17 S.Grimes 9 C.Grimes 5 A.Johnson 3) 

Seven Hawks travelled to East London to contest Round 4 of the South-East Grand Prix series and produced two winners in Harley Hamill (U16) and David Adams (U19).  Axl Johnson was particularly impressive on his first visit to East London in the U13s. 

Posted - July 22nd

HETHERSETT HAWKS / SWINTON & CO found themselves in the toughest Semi-Final at the British U13 Club Championships at Astley & Tyldesley near Manchester.  Scott Grimes competed well and won one race in style but the rest of the side found the going tough.  However they did improve as the day went on with Axl Johnson getting a second place and Jack Andrews a third place. Their cause was not helped by two unfortunate exclusions for movement at the start of races. It will be valuable experience and the 10 Championship points scored keeps the Club in second place in the overall table.


(S.Grimes 12 J.Andrews 5 A.Johnson 5 R.Cubitt 3)
The Club's first team had key riders unavailable for the Division 1 visit to Ipswich and went down by 14 points.  A 3-7 reverse in heat 1 was not the best start and the side were 12 down after 8 heats. A 7-3 win from veteran Mel Perkins and Dave Martin brought spirits back up at the interval and the second half was much better and included another 7-3 win from Perkins and Phil Adams in heat 15.  In the end a couple of mistakes and a failure to make any impression against the home side's top three riders cost them the match.
(D.Chambers 14 B.Collins 12 D.Martin 12 P.Adams 12 H.Hamill 11 M.Perkins 11 T.Grimes 6 S.Grimes 3 C.Grimes 1 A.Johnson 1)
In the Division 2 match the Hawks maintained their top of the table position with a comprehensive win in which youngsters Scott Grimes and substitute Axl Johnson showed much promise. Phil Adams was unbeaten and there was some good teamwork by Ben Collins. A 7-3 from Dan Chambers and Harley Hamill in heat 2 put the Hawks in front and the Collins/Grimes pairing got two maximum wins before the break. There was a stirring win by Carly Grimes in heat 12.
(P.Adams 18 S.Grimes 16 B.Collins 15 D.Chambers 15 H.Hamill 13 C.Grimes 7 A.Johnson 6)
The Norfolk & Suffolk League midweek encounter with Eaton was a resounding win after the visitors arrived with just three riders and borrowed three Hethersett reserves to contest the match. David Adams, David Martin, Jazz Abbott and Phil Adams were all unbeaten.


(D.Adams 19 D.Martin 16 P.Adams 16 J.Abbott 16 H.Hamill 14 B.Collins 13 D.Chambers 12 L.Bedson 10)
HETHERSETT HAWKS / SWINTON & CO riders had mixed fortunes in the South-East Youth Grand Prix Finals. At Colchester Oliver Forder-Wilcox just missed out on the "A" Final in the Under-10s but could make little headway from a difficult grid 4 draw in the "B" Final.  In the Under-12s at Hethersett Liam Banthorpe gave a good performance and won the "C" Final ahead of Ryan Cubitt, while in the Under-14s both Scott Grimes and Tiffany Collins were unlucky, Scott falling heavily and Tiffany shedding a chain. They rallied well with Scott taking third place in the "A" Final and Tiffany winning the "B" Final. Axl Johnson continued his fine form with a fourth place in the "A" Final while Carly Grimes was second in the "B" Final.
The Norfolk Intermediate U16 League match at Harford Park was unspectacular as the very dusty track was not conducive to fast racing.  Hethersett A were runners-up and the B team fourth.
(A - H.Hamill 13 S.Grimes 11 D.Woods 9 C.Grimes 8; B - A.Johnson 7 J.Andrews 6)

Jazz Abbott of Hethersett Hawks / Swinton & Co was controversially excluded in his opening race after travelling to Birmingham for the British Under-19 Championship.  He was adjudged to have tried to anticipate the start but maintains that he did not move.  This exclusion ruled out any hopes he had of being Champion and he eventually finished well down the order.

There was better fortune for other Hawks' riders as they won three categories of the South-East Grand Prix Round 5 at Harford Park in Norwich.  Scott Grimes won the Under-13s, Philip Adams the Under-16s and David Adams the Under-19s.  Hethersett riders also came runners-up in two events - Ben Collins in the Under-16s and Tim Grimes in the Veterans. It was a double for Scott and Philip as they had earlier won the same events at the Norfolk Grand Prix in midweek at Eaton Park.

HETHERSETT HAWKS / SWINTON & CO took on the top teams in the country at the British Open Club Championships at Leicester and gave a good account of themselves despite being the youngest team there. Skipper David Martin was back at his best with one win and three seconds and Jazz Abbott pulled off an emphatic race win in heat 6.  David Adams was also in the thick of the action to help the Hawks to a third place in the semi-final and only nine points behind the favourites Leicester. 


(D.Martin 13 D.Adams 8 J.Abbott 7 B.Collins 5 P.Adams 4) 

The result means that the Hawks finished fifth in the overall Club Championship covering seven categories. Leading scores were Wednesfield 126 Leicester 101 Ipswich 85 Sheffield 84 Hethersett 81 Sandwell 62. 

The Hawks' hopes of sealing the South-East Youth League title on Sunday were dashed when Colchester pulled out of their fixtures at Hethersett due to sickness.  Wednesday's Grand Prix at Spixworth was also cancelled, this time by heavy rain. 

Riders from HETHERSETT HAWKS / SWINTON & CO travelled to Wednesfield to contest the third national round of the Wosskow Brown British Youth & Junior League.  In a packed field they found the fast track difficult but can feel pleased with fifth place.  Best performance came from Dan Chambers who reached the U16 A Final.
Scores - Wednesfield 263 Ipswich 237 Exeter 98 Sandwell 98 Hethersett 86 Sheffield 73.
The following day the Hawks were at Great Blakenham for South-East League matches and were heavily defeated in Division 1 but scored a narrow win in Division 2 keeping them on track for the title. Ben Collins was the most consistent rider on the day.


Div 1 Gt.Blakenham 114 Hethersett 66
(D.Martin 13 J.Abbott 11 B.Collins 10 P.Adams 9 D.Adams 8 Dan Chambers 6 H.Hamill 4 T.Grimes 3 Dave Chambers 2)


Div 2 Gt.Blakenham B 84 Hethersett B 90
(B.Collins 15 D.Adams 13 H.Hamill 13 Dan Chambers 12 P.Adams 9 Dave Chambers 9 T.Grimes 3 C.Grimes 1)
Jazz Abbott retained his Norfolk Under-19 title at Eaton Park in a very competitive Senior/U19 Final.  His 18 points also took him into a race-off for third place in the Senior event. He tried too hard on a corner and came off so he finished fourth overall, one place behind reigning champion Dave Martin. Philip Adams was runner-up in the Under-19 event.
HETHERSETT HAWKS / SWINTON & CO successfully defended their TA Security East Anglian Junior KO Cup title at Eaton Park.  They got off to the best possible start with 13 points from their opening four rides from the unfavourable outside grids. These included a fine win from the back by Ben Collins. After that some measured riding kept the scoreboard ticking and only an unlucky fall by Dan Chambers in heat 12 gave the opposition a chance to get back on terms but three second places to follow secured the victory.


(P,Adams 13 H.Hamill 11 B.Collins 11 D.Chambers 10 S.Grimes 2)
In the Senior event the match looked set to be a battle between Ipswich and Gt. Blakenham with both having seven Premier League riders between them.  But the Hawks, including three of the U16s, had other ideas and were in front with two races to go.  However, experience told in those two races and the Hawks had to face a race off for second place for the second year running.  Dave Martin, who had won three races in style earlier, almost passed former British Junior Champion Dan Pike but the Ipswich rider held on but it was a terrific performance by Hethersett.
(D.Martin 13 J.Abbott 10 P.Adams 7 B.Collins 7 D.Chambers 6)
Tim Grimes competed in the British Veterans Championships near Oxford and was unlucky to just miss out on a place in the Final by losing the last qualifying race.
Dan Chambers secured two victories in Grand Prix racing at U16 level - on Wednesday at Hethersett and at Colchester on Sunday.
HETHERSETT HAWKS / SWINTON & CO''s hopes of retaining their South-East Youth League title were blown away by a very strong Gt.Blakenham side in Suffolk.  The Hawks looked nervous with the pressure of the match and trailed by 10 points after five heats. Two good heat wins from Dan Chambers / Harley Hamill brought the gap down to two points with four races left but two more race defeats sealed their fate.  In the end the Suffolk side were strong in depth and the hawks only provided the first man home in four heats.
(D.Chambers 16 B.Collins 15 P.Adams 14 H.Hamill 12 S.Grimes 8 C.Grimes 8 A.Johnson 2)
In the Norfolk & Suffolk League match that followed Gt.Blakenham made full use of four substitutes with one eye on the next day's British Team Semi-Finals.  However, they were still too strong for Hethersett with Jazz Abbott the solitary heat-winner in heat 14.  David Adams had two heavy falls and was advised to withdraw by first-aiders.
(J.Abbott 14 D.Martin 12 P.Adams 12 Dan Chambers 10 H.Hamill 9 T.Grimes 6 D.Adams 4 B.Collins 4 Dave Chambers 2)
(S.Grimes 16 A.Johnson 15 J.Andrews 15 R.Cubitt 14)
After the previous week's disappointment HETHERSETT HAWKS / SWINTON & CO were determined to make amends and gave one of their best performances of the saeson to outclass a strong looking Somersham side to clinch the Norfolk & Suffolk League title. Led by a brilliant unbeaten performance from Dave Martin and inspired by club captain Simon Wilcox in his first match back after a long injury, the Hawks raced strongly but with good tactical awareness to ensure the visitors failed to win a heat and only provided two race winners.
(D.Martin 19 D.Adams 16 J.Abbott 16 P.Adams 15 B.Collins 14 Dan Chambers 11 S.Wilcox 10 T.Grimes 3 Dave Chambers 3 C.Grimes 1)
The Hawks had 14 riders to share in a record-breaking attendance of 133 at the final round of the British Youth & Junior League at Ipswich.  Hethersett finished fourth on the day with outstanding performances from Dan Chambers and David Adams who both finished fourth in their respective age categories. There were also some notably improved displays from Katie Adams and Tiffany Collins.  The Hawks finished four points short of finishing fourth overall so had to be content with fifth place 
(D.Chambers 13 P.Adams 12 B.Collins 12 D.Adams 10 T.Collins 9 S.Grims 9 H.Hamill 9 K.Adams 8 O.Forder-Wilcox 7 R.Cubitt 5 A.Johnson 6 C.Grimes 5 J.Andrews 5 O.Nicholas 4)
Scott Grimes won the U13 section of the Norfolk Grand Prix at Harford Park with Axl Johnson an impressive second. Dan Chambers was runner-up in the U16s.
HETHERSETT HAWKS / SWINTON & CO sealed two more League titles in the past week. Even without top scorer Scott Grimes they did enough in the Norfolk Novice League match at Hethersett to win the League on points difference. Then against a very weak Colchester side the Hawks B team romped to a 40-point victory to take the South-East Division 2 title and at the same time gave full team outings to some up and coming youngsters with Axl Johnson and Jack Andrews very impressive. In the South-East Youth League match against Colchester both Scott and Carly Grimes were outstanding, both being unbeaten.
Earlier the first team had consolidated their third spot in Division 1 with a very hard fought victory over Kesgrave. The shoreline does not reflect that the Hawks held a narrow lead for most of the match and had to work very hard to retain it before a Dave Martin / Phil Adams 7-3 in heat 12 and two more maximum wins near the end. Jazz Abbott was outstanding in a very sound team performance.
(J.Abbott 18 D.Martin 17 P.Adams 15 D.Adams 15 B.Collins 11 S.Wilcox 9 Dan Chambers 7 Dave Chambers 3 T.Grimes 2 C.Grimes 1)
(C.Grimes 17 J.Andrews 14 A.Johnson 13 T.Grimes 12 D.Adams 11 S.Wilcox 10 Dave Chambers 9 Dan Chambers 4 B.Collins 4 P.Adams 3 M.Perkins 3)
(S.Grimes 23 C.Grimes 18 A.Johnson 17 J.Andrews 15 Jaie Abbott 14 K.Adams 5 P.Adams 4 Dan Chambers 3)
(A - J.Andrews 14 A.Johnson 14 J.Abbott 13 R.Cubitt 13; B - K.Adams 8)
There was little success for Hethersett riders at East Anglian events at Gt.Blakenham.  Phil Adams came closest in the individual events losing a race-off for third place in the U16s but Dan Chambers and Ben Collins rounded the day off by scoring the vital last heat 5-5 for Norfolk to defeat Suffolk 90-89 in the U16 test match.
HETHERSETT HAWKS / SWINTON & CO had five riders pick up trophies for the Norfolk Grand Prix series when the final round was held at Spixworth.  Phil Adams won the final round of the U16s which brought him into third place in the series but the overall winner was Ben Collins, closely followed by Dan Chambers for a clean sweep for Hethersett.  Scott Grimes came second on the night in the U13s which meant he lost his lead at the top by one point so had to be content with runners-up spot.  This position was also achieved by Dave Adams in the Senior event after he won the Spixworth roiund.  Tim Grimes was unlucky to lose a race-off for third place. 
Dave Adams was again on the rostrum, this time as runner-up in the East Anglian U19 Championship staged at Hethersett.  Jazz Abbott came third after a collision with Dan Chambers in the final. Suffolk riders dominated the Senior event.  The following day's South-East Grand Prix was washed out by the torrential rain.

HETHERSETT HAWKS / SWINTON & CO concluded their League programme with re-arranged matches at East London - ironically in sunny and warm conditions after the original fixture was called off in April due to four inches of snow!  With two main riders out injured it was a patched up side containing three vets who took to the track in Division 1 but the side rose to the occasion to lose only narrowly.  Simon Wilcox and Phil Adams were promoted up the order and they were in top form in support of Jazz Abbott. They were six points down after five heats but a 6-4 from Wilcox and Dan Chambers narrowed the gap Two more heat wins either side of the interval brought the Hawks within one point of the Londoners but in the end it was just too big a task to break them down.

(J.Abbott 17 P.Adams 17 S.Wilcox 15 B.Collins 13 Dan Chambers 10 Dave Chambers 7 M.Perkins 5 T.Grimes 4)
In the Division 2 match the same squad minus Jazz Abbott were on track and they rode really well despite tiring to ensure the League champions finished with a 100% record. The Londoners' only heat win was in heat 11 when Phil Adams fell challenging for the lead. Key races were two 7-3 wins for Wilcox and Dan Chambers and three heat wins by Ben Collins.
(P.Adams 20 S.Wilcox 18 B.Collins 18 Dan Chambers 12 Dave Chambers 7 M.Perkins 5 T.Grimes 5)
Two Hethersett riders faced each other in a race-off for second place in the South-East Division 2/Youth League Riders Championship at Eaton Park. Dan Chambers held off a strong challenge from David Adams who had earlier had a heavy fall when he appeared to be brought down by the eventual winner, Dan Osborne from Gt.Blakenham. 
In the Girls Championship Carly Grimes was another to pick up an injury when both riders crashed in an U16 title decider.  A rerun was called but Ipswich's Laura Dale had no challenge as Carly was unfit to continue and had to settle for the runners-up trophy. Tiffany Collins had to withdraw after suffering the effects of a heavy cold.
In the Division 1 Championship dominated by Suffolk Riders Jazz Abbott was the top Norfolk rider but suffered an exclusion which reduced his chances of a podium place.

HETHERSETT HAWKS / SWINTON & CO concluded their 2008 season with Club events on a wet track after heavy morning rain.  The main event was the Club Best Pairs that saw an entertaining set of races with tactical racing testing referee Roy Abbott's patience at times.  The eventual winners were the favourites, Dan Chambers and Harley Hamill, but they did not have it all their own way and only won by a single point.

Dan Chambers & H.Hamill 34 J.Abbott & Dave Chambers 33 D.Martin & M.Perkins 32 D.Adams & D.Woods 31 S.Wilcox & S.Grimes 27 B.Collins & A.Johnson 26 P.Adams & C.Grimes 25.
Eralier Harley Hamill had won the Club Maiden Plate with a maximum and there was a lot of competition for the minor placings with Danny Woods just pipping Dave Chambers for second.  Axl Johnson won the age-related handicap prize
The Club also staged its first Veterans Championship and this was won by Mel Perkins from Dave Chambers and Tim Grimes.
HETHERSETT HAWKS / SWINTON & CO had teams and riders at the British Indoor Championships in Walsall but despite competing very well they did not bring any silverware home.  Best performance in the individual events came from Ben Collins who scored 12 points in the U16 Final.  He also qualified for the U19 Final and scored 8 points.  Dan Chambers also reached the same finals scoring 10 points in the U19s and 7 in the U16s.  Tim Grimes had his first taste of indoor racing and scored 11 points in the Veterans Final while Dave Martin just failed to make the Senior Final with 11 points in the Semi-Final..
The Hawks went out at the Semi-Final stage in both Senior and Junior Team Championships, finishing third in the Junior semi and fourth in the senior semi.
Junior -- Wednesfield 57 Sandwell 44 Hethersett 28 Astley & Tyldesley 26
Senior - Wednesfield 52 Horspath 46 Sheffield 33 Hethersett 22