Hethersett Hawks Results - 2007
Under-16s are British Champions
Hawks/Swinton and Co triumphed at Leicester on 28th April to bring back
the British Under-16 Cycle Speedway Club Championship to
easing through a semi-final to eliminate three Premier Clubs -
Wednesfield, Sheffield and Norwich, the Hawks made the best of some good
early fortune in the final to be level with home side Leicester at the
the next four heats, Leicester failed to make an impression from the
outside grid so Hethersett led by three points going into the final four
races but it was their turn to start on the unfavoured outside grid.
In each of the next three races the team fought from the back and it was
a particularly brave performance by Phil Adams who had a bad crash in
the semi-final leaving him with severe facial and shoulder grazing and a
work of his team-mates left captain Jazz Abbott needing just second
place in the final heat but he had to do it the hard way with a
brilliant pass under Sandwell's top rider Lee Smith to give Hethersett
their third British team win.
Semi-Final -- Sandwell 49, Hethersett 47, Wednesfield 42, Sheffield 32,
Norwich 30. Hethersett scorers - J. Abbott 12 B. Collins 12 P. Adams 12
D. Chambers 9 H. Hamill 2.
Final: Hethersett 45, Leicester 44, Sandwell 38, Hull 27. Hethersett scorers: J.Abbott 13, P.Adams 12, B.Collins 11, D.Chambers 9, H.Hamill did not ride.
the photo above are (left to right) - Harley
Hamill, Ben Collins, Mel Perkins (Manager), Daniel Chambers, Philip
Adams, Jazz Abbott.
Posted 12th March, 2007
Hawks/ Swinton and Co cycle speedway club opened their 2007 season with
a win in defence of their South East Youth League title.
an Ipswich team who were very young but also enthusiastic, they were
made to fight all the way, particularly after a 3-7 reverse in the first
heat. Ben Collins and Daniel Chambers were both unbeaten and
Harley Hamill would have joined them had he not shed a chain in heat 10
while in the lead. Carly Grimes made a promising team debut.
87 Ipswich 72
scorers - H.Hamill 20, P.Adams 18, D.Chambers 18, B.Collins 18, C.Grimes
7, J.Abbott jnr 6.
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Posted 19th March, 2007
and Co cycle speedway team made a welcome return to South-East Division
One but, in very wintry conditions, could not quite engineer an opening
With four first-team
squad members unavailable it was always going to be tough but the
inexperienced riders battled hard against Somersham to lead at the
The visitors got the
upper hand midway through the second half but a 7-2 from Ben Collins and
Jazz Abbott brought the Hawks within one point. Simon Wilcox in
his first match for over 15 years, shed a chain when well-placed in his
first race, tried his hardest to support young Harley Hamill in heat 17
but the 7-3 achieved on the line was enough for Somersham. Abbott
and Dave Martin were superb for the Hawks, only dropping one point each.
Hethersett 85 Somersham 88 - Dave Martin 19, Jazz Abbott 18, Philip
Adams 14, Ben Collins 14, Simon Wilcox 8, Harley Hamill 7, Tiffany
Collins 3, Scott Grimes 2.
Sunday several Hawks riders are expected to compete in the first round
of the South-East Grand Prix at Great.Blakenham (1 pm)
Posted 2nd April 2007
Hawks / Swinton and Co Cycle Speedway took on a strong Norwich side in a
local derby for South-East Division One points. Led by two former
Hawks - Leigh Cossey and Nick Myhill - Norwich were too strong but the
young Hawks gave a good team performance and Norwich were somewhat
flattered by the scoreline after two 7-3s in the final two heats.
Ben Collins was the only heat winner for Hethersett in heat 9.
74, Norwich 104: Hethersett - D.Martin
13 D.Bennett 12 A.Bennett 12 J.Abbott 10 P.Adams 8 S.Wilcox 8 B.Collins
8 H.Hamill 3.
Hawks' Under-16 team did enough to preserve their unbeaten run in the
South-East Youth League with Jazz Abbott and Philip Adams scoring
82 Norwich 78. Hethersett - P.Adams 20 J.Abbott 20 B.Collins 18 H.Hamill
11 S.Grimes 6 C.Grimes 5 C.Martin 2.
were some good Hethersett performances In the first regional round of
the Wosskow Brown British Youth and Junior League at Kesgrave.
Most spectacular was Jazz Abbott's win in the U16 Final when he passed
Lee Richardson on the line. Also impressive on the day were Oliver
Forder-Wilcox who was third in the U8 event and Scott Grimes, 5th in the
U12s. Tiffany Collins took a heavy fall in her final and damaged
ankle ligaments so will be sidelined for a few weeks.
315, Kesgrave 138, Hethersett 81, Spixworth 43, Norwich 42, Colchester
31, Great Blakenham 21.
- Jazz Abbott 15, O.Forder-Wilcox 13, B.Collins 13, S.Grimes 12,
C.Martin 8, T.Collins 8, Jaie Abbott 6, C.Grimes 6.
Sunday's scheduled Norfolk & Suffolk League match has been cancelled
as Great Blakenham cannot raise a side.
Posted 17th April
Hawks/ Swinton and Co cycle speedway got their first South-East points
of the campaign with a 98-81 win at Ipswich.
Adams and Adam Bennett put the visitors ahead with a 7-3 win in heat
four, a score Dale Bennett and Simon Wilcox repeated two races later.
Good teamwork ensured the Hawks did not lose a race until a 3-7 reverse
in heat 16 and a 7-3 win for Dave Martin and Jazz Abbott in the final
race rounded off a good win.
the Division Two match that followed, two very young sides had a close
match. Ipswich started the better and built a small lead which the Hawks
could never quite peg back. A 7-3 win from Harley Hamill and Ben Collins
in the penultimate race gave the Hawks a chance of a draw in the final
race but Daniel Chambers could not pass the home riders and the shared
points gave Ipswich a win.
Ipswich 81, Hethersett 98. Hethersett scorers: D.Bennett 18, D.Martin
16, J.Abbott 14, A.Bennett 12, S.Wilcox 12, B.Collins 11, P.Adams 9,
B 82, Hethersett B 78. Hethersett scorers: B.Collins 22, D.Chambers 19,
H.Hamill 17, S.Grimes 8, T.Collins 5, C.Grimes 4, C.Martin 3
weekend Hethersett riders will be in action at Spixworth - on Saturday
in the Wosskow Brown British Youth & Junior League and on Sunday in
the South-East Grand Prix.
Posted 23rd April
and Co cycle speedway took third place in the second Wosskow Brown
British Youth and Junior League Regional Round at Spixworth.
performances came from Oliver Forder-Wilcox (4th in Under-8s), Scott
Grimes (4th in Under-12s), Daniel Chambers (2nd in Under-14s) and Jazz
Abbott (2nd in Under-16s).
-- Ipswich 337, Kesgrave 126, Hethersett 92, Spixworth 51, Colchester
32, Norwich 24, Gt.Blakenham 16, East London 14. Hethersett scorers -
D.Chambers 14, O.Forder-Wilcox 13, S.Grimes 13, H.Hamill 12, Jazz Abbott
12, B.Collins 9, Jaie Abbott 8, C.Grimes 6, C.Martin 5.
Hethersett riders returned to Spixworth the following day for South-East
Grand Prix action. Ben Collins was the only one to reach an A Final,
finishing fourth in the Under-16s. Daniel Chambers, Carly Grimes and
Callum Martin made it to B Finals and Jaie Abbott was in the C Final of
their respective age groups.
first midweek action of the season saw 21 riders contest the Norfolk
Grand Prix Round 1 at Hethersett. Jazz Abbott won the Under-16 event
with Ben Collins second and Daniel Chambers 4th. David Adams returned to
competitive racing with a third place in the Senior event while the best
performance came from Scott Grimes who was second in the Under-13 novice
This Saturday Hethersett travel to Leicester to contest the British Under-16 Club Championship while on Sunday the A and B teams travel to East London in the South-East Leagues.
Posted 30th April
was down to earth the day after winning the British Under-16s
championship as, despite having twice British Champion Phil Howells in
the side, Hawks were well beaten at East London in the South-East
League. They started well with a 6-4 win but only managed one more heat
win. Howells won three races but no other Hethersett rider took the
chequered flag against a very strong London outfit. It was a
similar story in the Division Two match although both Ben Collins and
David Adams scored victories as did sub Jazz Abbott who was unbeaten in
his three races.
London 103, Hethersett 75. Hethersett scorers - P. Howells 16, J. Abbott
13, A. Bennett 9, D. Martin 9, D. Chambers 8, D. Adams 7, D. Bennett 7
B. Collins 6
London B 85 Hethersett B 74. Hethersett scorers - B. Collins 17, D.
Adams 13, D. Chambers 13, J. Abbott 12, H. Hamill 10, C. Grimes 5, S.
the midweek Norfolk Uunder-13 Novice League at Spixworth, Hethersett
only had three riders available and trailed in third place. Scott Grimes was
Spixworth 53, Norwich 38, Hethersett 36. Hethersett scorers - S. Grimes 14, C. Grimes 12, Jaie Abbott 10.
Posted 7th May
Hethersett Hawks/Swinton and Co cycle speedway riders continued
their winning form with Daniel Chambers winning the Malcolm Flood
Memorial Trophy at Eaton Park. After a late exclusion he missed out on
an automatic final place but won a semi-final to get through and then
led from start to finish in the final.
His luck ran out the following day at Colchester when two
unfinished races limited him to 6 points and only a C final place in the
South-East Under-16 Grand Prix. Ben Collins won the B Final in the
Under-16 category at that event.
In the Norfolk Grand Prix at Eaton Park, four Hethersett riders
filled all the places in the A Final for the Under-16s with Jazz Abbott
wining from Collins, Philip Adams and Chambers. Scott Grimes
continued his good form with a runners-up spot in the Under-13 Novice
This Sunday the Hawks entertain League leaders Gt.Blakenham in South East Divisions 1 and 2 at 2 p.m.
Posted 14th May
Hethersett Hawks / Swinton and Co Cycle Speedway Club took all
three places on the podium at the Carmichael’s Norfolk Under-16
Championship at Eaton Park.
Despite making three bad starts, Jazz Abbott tackled the very wet
track to pass his opponents and complete a 20-point maximum and become
Ben Collins lost the chance to take the title when he slipped at a
vital time. Despite that, Ben took runners-up spot with Daniel Chambers
finishing third. Philip Adams and Harley Hamill also both
qualified for the East Anglian Final while vastly improved Scott Grimes
was unlucky to lose a race-off for the eighth and last place.
On a very wet Sunday, Hawks played hosts to league leaders Great
Blakenham in the South-East League. The visitors have a very
strong line-up but the Hawks put up a very brave fight and contested
strongly in every heat before going down 102-74. Dale Bennett was
outstanding but the whole team can be proud of their performance,
typified by a last bend win by Ben Collins in heat nine.
In the Division 2 match that followed in torrential rain, Hawks
were given a start of 24 points for Blakenham's use of restricted
riders. It looked like the Suffolk side were going to claw this
back but a double substitution in heat 11 saw David Adams and Jazz
Abbott restore a five point lead. Harley Hamill battled hard to split
Blakenham riders in the penultimate heat to set up a last heat decider.
Again Adams and Abbott came up trumps sharing the points and ensuring
victory. Philip Adams rode consistently well.
Hethersett 72, Great Blakenham 104. Hethersett scorers –
D..Bennett 14, J,.Abbott 13, A..Bennett 12, D..Martin 11, B..Collins 7,
S.Wilcox 6, D..Adams 5, D.Chambers 4.
Hethersett B 54 (+24) = 78 Gt Blakenham B 75. Hethersett scorers -
P.Adams 12, D.Chambers 8, H.Hamill 8, B.Collins 7, D.Adams 7,
J.Abbott 5, S.Grimes 3, C.Grimes 3, C.Martin 1.
This Saturday Hawks juniors will be at Colchester in the British
Youth and Junior League while on Sunday the Hawks entertain Ipswich in
the Norfolk and Suffolk League (2 pm)
The previous week Hawks’ Daniel Chambers won the Malcolm Flood
Memorial Trophy at Eaton Park. After a late exclusion he missed out on
an automatic final place but won a semi-final to get through and then
led from start to finish in the final.
His luck ran out the following day at Colchester when two
unfinished races limited him to 6 points and only a C final place in the
South-East Under-16 Grand Prix. Ben Collins won the B Final in the
Under-16 category at that event.
In the Norfolk Grand Prix at Eaton Park, four Hethersett riders filled all the places in the A Final for the Under-16s with Jazz Abbott wining from Collins, Philip Adams and Chambers. Scott Grimes continued his good form with a runners-up spot in the Under-13 Novice category.
Posted 21st May
Hawks entertained Ipswich at the Memorial Playing Field on Sunday in
theNorfolk and Suffolk League and won an enjoyable match 99-76.
The visitors arrived with a depleted team and used the rider replacement rule to give the Hawks a competitive encounter. The top two riders from each side shared the honours, but it was the Hethersett middle order riders that had the edge on their opponents.
Scores: Hethersett Hawks 99 ( Dale Bennett 19, David Martin 17+1, David Adams 13+3, Daniel Chambers 13+1, Ben Collins 12+1, Harley Hamill 11+2, Philip Adams11+1, Carly Grimes 3). Ipswich76 (Thomas Pike 18+2, Daniel Pike 18, Lauren Jacobs 15+1, Jordan Stant 11, Tony Stant 7+1,Lucas Trabold 7).
Posted 31st May
Hethersett Hawks gave a terrific team performance to win their South-Eastern Division One match at Somersham. Simon Wilcox was promoted to heat leader after late call offs and he won hsi first two races, teaming up with man of the match Dan Chambers for a 7-2 win in heat four that put the Hawks ahead.
From that point on solid teamwork retained and extended the lead. An exclusion for Phillip Adams followed by a clever home 7-3 in heat 13 reduced the gap to four again by Adams atoned with a 7-3 win with Jazz Abbott to make the match safe, bar errors, and a consolation home 7-3 in the final heat was too late.
Somersham 86, Hethersett 92 (D. Martin 16, J. Abbott 16, S. Wilcox 13, D. Chambers 13, D. Adams 12, P. Adams 11, B. Collins 10, C. Martin 1).
Posted 7th June
Hawks/ Swinton and Co Cycle Speedway entertained league leaders Great
Blakenham in a re-arranged Norfolk and Suffolk League match.
visitors were uncompromising in their tactics and the match was full of
incident and Hawks came off worse as the youngsters in the team were no
match for the Suffolk team. David Adams, in particular, stood up
well despite being knocked off by excessive force twice. Phil
Howells, fresh from his star role in England's win over Poland, was in
good form with electric starts and amazing passes.
70 Gt Blakenham 105. Hethersett scores - P.Howells 17, D.Martin 12,
J.Abbott 10, S.Wilcox 9, D.Adams 7, B.Collins 6, H.Hamil 5, D.Chambers
Chambers finished third and Ben Collins fourth in the South-East
Under-16 Grand Prix Round at Ipswich.
Sunday the Hawks have their biggest challenge of the season - a
long trip to Bury, Lancashire, in the British Team Championship
Posted 12th June
Hawks/Swinton and Co cycle speedway made the long journey to Lancashire
British Team Championship and were well beaten by a home side who
clearly knew the best way round a tricky track.
Hawks put up a brave fight well led by their two senior riders Dave
Martin (five second places) and Simon Wilcox (a terrific win from
the outside grid in heat 13). Hethersett often fought their way
into good positions only to lose them by failing to negotiate the bends
cleanly. They were not helped by two unfortunate exclusions for
moving at the start of races.
were also heat wins from Dale Bennett, Jazz Abbott and a gritty David
Adams. The match was a good experience and the 108-69 score did
not reflect the opposition the side put up.
scorers: D.Martin 15, S.Wilcox 11, D.Bennett 10, D.Adams 10, J.Abbott 9,
A.Bennett 6, B.Collins 5, D.Chambers 3.
Hawks went to the top of the Norfolk Novice League with a convincing win
at Eaton Park. There was an outstanding performance from Danny
Woods on his team debut as he, along with Scott Grimes and Tiffany
Collins, dropped just one point apiece.
56, Norwich 47, Spixworth 36, Eaton 20. Hethersett scorers - D.Woods 15,
T.Collins 15, S.Grimes 15, C.Grimes 11
Saturday the top youngsters from the region will be at Hethersett for
the British Youth and Junior League Regional Round (1) and on Sunday the
Hawks visit Somersham (11). There is also League action at the
Memorial Field next Wednesday (20th) against Eaton (7)
Posted 19th June
A busy week of racing
for Hethersett Hawks Swinton and Co was marred by a serious injury to
popular 12-year-old Tiffany Collins.
Making a rare
first-team appearance at Somersham she had passed a senior opponent in
style before slipping off on the last corner. A visit to hospital
has revealed a double fracture of the left leg just above the ankle and
a need for an operation. The whole club sends its best wishes for
a full recovery.
injury marred an otherwise enjoyable match in which a young Hawks side
gave a good show before losing 101-77. The only senior in the
team, Dave Martin, notched two wins while there was good support from
David Adams and Dan Chambers. Jazz Abbott had a mixed morning with a
fine win from the back but two exclusions.
101, Hethersett 77. Hethersett scorers - Dave Martin 17, David Adams 13,
Dan Chambers 12, Ben Collins 10, Jazz Abbott 9, Philip Adams 8, Harley
Hamill 7, Tiffany Collins 1.
rain threatened an abandonment of the British Youth and Junior League
round at Hethersett but track staff pumped the water off to allow racing
to continue in heavy conditions. Hethersett riders featured well
and were unlucky not to win at least one Grand Prix - Scott Grimes,
Harley Hamill, Ben Collins and David Adams all narrowly losing in the
"A" Finals of their age groups.
-Ipswich 251, Hethersett 137, Kesgrave 115, Colchester 36, Spixworth 25,
Gt.Blakenham 15, Norwich 11. Hethersett scorers - Dan Chambers 15, Ben
Collins 15, David Adams 14, Callum Martin 13, Scott Grimes 13, Oliver
Forder-Wilcox 12, Harley Hamill 12, Tiffany Collins 11, Philip Adams 9,
Danny Woods 7, Carly Grimes 6, Daniel Martin 5, Jaie Abbott 5.
Hawks' British Under-16 winning team showed their class at Spixworth by
notching a full maximum 64 points to qualify for the East Anglian
Under-16 Cup Final.
Hethersett 64, Norwich 46, Spixworth 34. Hethersett scorere - Jazz
Abbott 16, Ben Collins 16, Dan Chambers 16, Philip Adams 16.
Sunday Hawks entertain Ipswich in Divisions 1 and 2 (2 p.m) and next
Wednesday (27th) they stage the Breckland Autos Charity Cup (7 p.m)
Posted 26th June
Hawks/Swinton and Co came through a wet and busy week with three
well-earned victories for their efforts.
again it was all hands to the pump - literally - to clear the track of
surface water on each occasion. The local derby with Eaton was well
contested and neck and neck all the way although the visitors were never
in front. A 7-3 win from Ben Collins and Dave Martin in heat 15
put the Hawks four up with the critical race being the penultimate heat
Abbott found a burst of speed to pass both Ireland international Gary
Colby and former Hawk Leigh Cossey. Cossey fell trying to switch
his line and brought down David Adams earning him an exclusion from the
re-run which Hethersett won 7-2 to clinch the match. Simon Wilcox
gave a terrific captain's performance with tactical heats followed by
92 Eaton 87. Hethersett scorers - Jazz Abbott 17, Dave Martin 16, David
Adams 14, Simon Wilcox 14, Ben Collins 12, Dan Chambers 8, Harley Hamill
6, Scott Grimes 5
arrived for their two matches at Hethersett with limited numbers and the
Hawks were virtually at full-strength. It was no surprise that
they powered to a big win with Dave Martin leading the way with a
maximum. However, the feature was an all-round team effort throughout.
started 30 points up for the B team match as the visitors used
restricted riders and, consequently, could give valuable experience to
younger riders with that cushion. Ben Collins dropped just one
point to the opposition but the highlight was a couple of wins for Danny
Woods on his full team debut.
108 Ipswich 65. Hethersett scorers - Dave Martin 20, Jazz Abbott 19,
Dale Bennett 19, Adam Bennett 15, Simon Wilcox 12, David Adams 10,
Daniel Chambers 9, Ben Collins 4.
B 104 (74+30) Ipswich 84. Hethersett scorers Ben Collins 16, Daniel
Chambers 13, Danny Woods 12, Harley Hamill 12, Jazz Abbott 6, Jaie
Abbott 5, Scott Grimes 5, Callum Martin 3, David Adams 2.
Saturday Scott Grimes is contesting the British Under-13 Championships
at Eaton Park while on Sunday the Hawks are at Great Blakenham.
Posted 2nd July
Hawks/Swinton and Co tracked one of their youngest ever teams for a
first team match when they visited leaders Gt Blakenham in the Norfolk
and Suffolk League.
Suffolk side showed no mercy and, despite sterling efforts by the young
Hawks, it was a big defeat. Sixteen-year old David Adams, the
oldest in the team, did very well, winning his last race on the way to
15 points and brother Phil did well too. Dan Chambers also got a
race win in heat five.
Blakenham 114 Hethersett 65. Hethersett scorers - David Adams 15, Dan
Chambers 11, Ben Collins 11, Philip Adams 11, Scott Grimes 7, Harley
Hamill 5, Carly Grimes 3, Jaie Abbott 3.
Grimes was unlucky to fall on the first bend of his British Under-13
Semi-Final at Eaton Park. This cost him vital points and, despite
one win, he failed to qualify for the final by one point.
Breckland Autos Charity Cup scheduled for last Wednesday was postponed
and will be staged later in the season.
Sunday the Hawks are at Kesgrave in Division 2 (11.00)
Posted 9th July
Hethersett Hawks/Swinton and Co took their strongest possible B
team to face Kesgrave in South-East Division Two and it proved a wise
move as the home side contested well in the early heats.
At the interval Hawks led by four points but immediately after the
break scored a 6-3 from man of the match David Adams and Dan Chambers
and then a 7-3 win from Jazz Abbott and Ben Collins. From that point on
a Hawks win was never in doubt and there was another 7-3 win for Ben
Collins and David Adams in the penultimate heat. There was some
good teamwork throughout and all seven riders won a heat.
Kesgrave 70, Hethersett B 87. Hethersett - Jazz Abbott 21, Philip
Adams 15, David Adams 15, Daniel Chambers 11, Ben Collins 9, Simon
Wilcox 9, Harley Hamill 7.
The latest round of the Norfolk Grand Prix Series was held in heavy
rain at Spixworth and two Hawks won their age groups - Scott Grimes won
the Under-13 novice grade and Ben Collins the Under-16s.
This Saturday a few club members will travel to Newport in Wales
for a national round of the British Youth and Junior League and on
Sunday it is South-East Grand Prix action at Harford Park, Tuckswood.
The Hawks are back there on Wednesday (18th) to face Eaton in a League
Posted 16th July
and Co were without team racing but riders were kept busy with a number
of individual events.
Jazz Abbott had the best
possible confidence boost ahead of this weekend's World Junior
Championships in Dorset by winning the Under-16 Grand Prix Final at the
first National Round of the British Youth and Junior League held in
Newport (Wales). Dan Chambers also made the A Final in the U-14s event
and was unlucky not to finish second when a fallen rider impeded him and
he had to settle for third.
Scott Grimes finished
10th in the U-12 event but was the star performer the next day at
Harford Park where he won the U-13 Final at the South-East Grand Prix
Round. Dan Chambers was third in the U-16s, Callum Martin third in
the U-8s while his father David was runner-up in the Seniors.
Two Hethersett riders
also took runner-up prizes at the Norfolk Championships also held at
Harford Park - Scott Grimes
in the U-13s and Jaie Abbott in the U-10s. Oliver Forder-Wilcox
took a tumble which probably cost him a podium place, but he did qualify
for the East Anglian Finals along with Carly Grimes and Callum Martin.
Jazz Abbott will be in
top class action this weekend when he faces a tough Friday qualifier in
the World Championships facing nine riders from Poland. If he is
successful he will proceed to Saturday's semi-finals and Sunday's Final.
Jaie Abbott, Callum
Martin and Oliver Forder-Wilcox will be racing in the South-East Youth
Grand Prix Finals at Kesgrave on Saturday.
Posted 23rd July
speedway rider Jazz Abbott reached the semi-finals of the World Junior
Championships at Poole.
Jazz, who rides for
Hethersett Hawks/Swinton and Co narrowly missed out on a place in the
Jazz was up against the
cream of young riders from Australia, Poland and the USA. Friday’s
qualifying rounds were delayed by heavy rain and Jazz initially failed
to make the qualifying mark due mainly to a fall and an exclusion.
Fortunately he had done enough to get into a repechage where he scored a
20-point maximum to get through to the second round the following day.
Jazz did remarkably
well to score 13 points in the toughest round and that was good enough
to secure a semi-final place on Sunday. He received a tough draw and
fell short of reaching the final by an agonisingly small margin of two
It was a fine effort
from 15-year-old Jazz in a top class Under-18 field and he will still be
eligible to compete in Australia in 2009.
Jaie was one of three Hethersett riders to pick up trophies at the
South-East Youth Grand Prix Finals at Kesgrave. He won the D Final
in the Under-10s while Oliver Forder-Wilcox finished third in the
Under-8s A Final with Callum Martin winning the B Final. This Saturday
Scott Grimes, Carly Grimes and Harley Hamill will be contesting the
Under-12 and Under-14 equivalent finals at Eaton Park.
Hawks achieved a double over local rivals Eaton at Harford Park in the
Norfolk and Suffolk League. The depth of the Hawks team was too
strong for the five-rider home side with Jazz Abbott, Dave Martin and
David Adams in fine form while Phil Howells got some much needed
practice before going off to Poland this weekend to represent England in
the World Cup.
69, Hethersett 102. Hethersett scorers - Jazz Abbott 19, Phil Howells
17, David Adams 17, Dave Martin 16, Philip Adams 10, Dan Chambers 7, Ben
Collins 7, Danny Woods 5, Callum Martin 4.
Posted 30th July
Hawks/Swinton and Co moved to the top of two leagues following
convincing wins over Colchester at the Memorial Playing Field.
B team share top spot in South-East Division Two after a victory
that saw Jazz Abbott and Simon Wilcox drop just one point each and
Harley Hamill put in a top performance that included two race wins. The
only race Colchester won was heat seven when David Adams shed a chain.
B 92, Colchester 66. Hethersett - Jazz Abbott 18, Simon Wilcox 18,
Harley Hamill 13, Ben Collins 11, David Adams 11, Scott Grimes 8, Philip
Adams 7, Danny Woods 6.
the South-East Youth League match Colchester could only raise four
riders so Callum Martin and Oliver Forder-Wilcox kindly agreed to make
up their numbers. Hethersett maintained their unbeaten record in this
League with Ben Collins racing to a maximum, although he was fortunate
on a couple of occasions. His teamwork as well as that of Harley Hamills
was a main feature while Scott Grimes was in encouraging form in his
debut as a heat-leader.
Under-16s 94 Colchester Under-16s 56. Hethersett - Ben Collins 19, Scott
Grimes 19, Harley Hamill 17, Danny Woods 15, Jaie Abbott 12, Carly
Hethersett riders picked up trophies at the South-East Youth Grand Prix
Finals at Eaton Park. Scott Grimes came second in the Under-12s (and
second in the series overall) while in the Under-14s Harley Hamill was
also runner-up but third in the series overall.
Sunday some riders from Hethersett will travel to East London for
South-East Grand Prix action.
Posted 6th August
Hethersett Hawks/Swinton and Co had successful riders at grand prix events. At East London, Scott Grimes and Ben Collins finished second in their age groups in the South-East Grand Prix while Harley Hammill won the B final.
Grimes and Collins went one better in the Norfolk GP at Eaton Park, winning their age groups with Dave Martin and Danny Woods also making it to the A finals.
Some Hethersett riders will be in action at Great Blakenham in Suffolk this Saturday for the second national round of the British Youth and Junior League Grand Prix. On Sunday the Hawks first and youth teams will be at Eaton Park for League action against Norwich.
Posted 13th August
Hawks/Swinton and Co took on a Norwich side containing six Premier
League riders at Eaton Park in the South-East Division One and the
40-point defeat did not reflect a hard-fought match from which
Hethersett came out of with a lot of praise.
of the match was Ben Collins who gave his best performance in a Hawks
shirt, closely followed by young heat-leader David Adams. Hawks only
senior rider - Dave Martin - was their only heat-winner in heat 14.
109, Hethersett 69. Hethersett scorers - B.Collins 13, D.Adams 12,
D.Martin 11, Jazz Abbott 10, H.Hamill 8, D.Chambers 8, S.Grimes 4,
the following South-East Youth League match Hawks built up a 13-point
lead and then gave young substitutes experience before winning by six
points. Harley Hamill and Jazz Abbott were unbeaten. Hethersett
now need just a draw at Ipswich on Sunday to win the League. The
first-team are also in action in Ipswich.
Under-16s 76, Hethersett Under-16s 82. Hethersett - H.Hamill 16, Jazz
Abbott 14, B.Collins 10, D.Chambers 10, S.Grimes 10, D.Woods 9, C.Grimes
5, Jaie Abbott 5, C.Martin 3.
Grimes was the star Hethersett rider in the British Youth and Junior
League Grand Prix at Great Blakenham where he finished second in the
Under-12 section after two victories over series leader Liam Overett.
Dan Chambers had an unlucky exclusion but won all his other heats
including the B Final in the Under-14s. Jazz Abbott was also a B Final
winner in the Under-16s.
The Hawks' Norfolk
Novice League side went clear at the top of the table with the home leg
to come by winning at Harford Park thanks mainly to maximums from Scott
Grimes and Danny Woods.
56, Norwich 49, Spixworth 19, Eaton 10. Hethersett - D.Woods 16,
S.Grimes 16, C.Grimes 13, Jaie Abbott 11.
Posted 20th August
HETHERSETT HAWKS / SWINTON & CO faced a downpour and a full-strength Ipswich side in the Norfolk & Suffolk League but got down to the task with an excellent first-half in which they only lost one race with some determined wins by Jazz Abbott, Dave Martin and Ben Collins and a gutsy third pace from Harley Hamill. After the break a 7-3 win by the Adams brothers Phil and David and another from Phil and Dave Martin in heat 14 meant that they could protect a good lead till the end and secure a well-earned team victory.
IPSWICH 87 HETHERSETT 90 (Dave Martin 18 David Adams 14 Jazz Abbott 13 Philip Adams 12 Ben Collins 11 Dan Chambers 10 Simon Wilcox 8 Harley Hamill 4)
To round off a great day the Hawks' Under-16 team secured the South-East Youth League title for the third consecutive year with a fine win led by maximums from Ben Collins and Philip Adams plus a man-of-the-match performance from Harley Hamill, who dropped just one point.
IPSWICH U16 86 HETHERSETT U16 93 (Harley Hamill 18 Ben Collins 16 Philip Adams 16 Dan Chambers 15 Scott Grimes 9 Danny Woods 8 Carly Grimes 4 Jaie Abbott 4 Callum Martin 2 Oliver Forder-Wilcox 1)
There was more wet track action as 30 riders gathered for the Norfolk Grand Prix round at Harford Park. Hethersett successes included a fine win in the U16s Final by Ben Collins, coming from third to first after a poor start. Dan Chambers was second, the same place achieved by Scott Grimes in the Novice event and Dave Martin in the Seniors.
All roads lead to Suffolk this weekend for the British Championships. Dave Martin (Senior) and Jazz Abbott, Ben Collins, Dan Chambers and Harley Hamill (under-16s) are contesting semi-finals over the weekend to try and qualify for Monday's Finals at Ipswich.
Posted 27th August
Riders from Hethersett Hawks / Swinton & Co
were contesting the British Championships in Suffolk over the Bank
Holiday. In the Senior event, Dave Martin had tough semi-finals
on Saturday and Sunday and did well to amass 29 points. Sadly this was
one short of the qualifying mark for Monday's Final and he will rue a
couple of lapses that cost him points.
Of the four contesting the Under-16 semi-finals, Jazz Abbott was
the only qualifier with 16 points at Gt. Blakenham. Ben Collins was a
reserve at the final having been unlucky to only score 12 at Kesgrave
while Dan Chambers scored 9 and Harley Hamill 7.
Jazz had a tough draw in the final but had three good rides to be
in with an outside chance of honours. A bad start in his fourth
ride hindered him and working his way through the field he slipped on
a corner and his chances were gone. The 12 points he scored
meant he came away a little disappointed with joint 7th place.
Wednesday's Norfolk Grand Prix was cancelled due to heavy rain and will now be on October 3rd. This weekend a few Hawks will travel to Lancashire to contest the British Youth & Junior League Grand Prix National Round and on Sunday the Hawks' B and Youth teams are at Colchester.
Posted 3rd September
Hethersett Hawks/Swinton and Co crowned two new Norfolk champions
after an entertaining evening's racing at the Memorial Playing Field.
There was plenty of incident as 16 riders contested the Senior and
Under-19 Championships and a series of race-offs was required to decide
the honours. Dave Martin made up for the disappointment of
narrowly missing out on last week's British Final by sweeping past
former Hawk Leigh Cossey in the deciding race for the Senior title after
other leading contenders all suffered exclusions in vital races.
Jazz Abbott, now sponsored by PDQ Logistics, defeated Philip Adams
for third place in the Senior but the pair produced a far more exciting
race-off for the Under-19 title which Jazz eventually won. Philip came
so close to causing an upset but runners-up spot was a consolation,
relegating his brother David into third place.
Dan Chambers and Scott Grimes travelled to Lancashire to contest a
national round of the Youth and Junior Grand Prix and Dan finished third
in the Under-14 category. Scott was winning the B Final in the Under-12s
until he slipped and was passed by all three opponents.
The Hawks gained two more league victories on the road with wins in
the South East Division 2 and Youth League at Colchester. Ben
Collins was unbeaten in the first match while Philip Adams and Jazz
Abbott both defeated top Colchester rider Jonjo Slaughter in the Youth
match. Dan Chambers did well to assist Danny Woods to two race wins.
Colchester 73, Hethersett B 87. Hethersett - Jazz Abbott 17, Philip
Adams 15, David Adams 15, Ben Collins 14, Dan Chambers 12, Danny Woods
7, Scott Grimes 4, Jaie Abbott 3.
Colchester Under-16s 68, Hethersett Under-16s 87. Hethersett -
Philip Adams 18, Dan Chambers 16, Ben Collins 14, Scott Grimes 11, Danny
Woods 10, Jazz Abbott 10, Jaie Abbott 5, Callum Martin 3.
This Saturday the Hawks are at Gt.Blakenham for the finals of the
East Anglian KO Cup Fours at both Under-16 and Senior level. On
Sunday there is Grand Prix racing at Somersham.
Posted 10th September
Hethersett Hawka/Swinton and Co Under-16 team completed a unique achievement at Great Blakenham when they romped to victory in the East Anglian Cup Final. The team pictured above with East Anglian Cup sponsor Terry Ashford and team manager Mel Perkins.
This means they now hold titles at Norfolk, East Anglia, South-East and British levels. Philip Adams, Ben Collins and Dan Chambers were all unbeaten in the East Anglian event. Hethersett 58, Norwich 40, Ipswich 36, Kesgrave 26. Hethersett scorers -Ben Collins 16, Dan Chambers 16, Philip Adams 12, Jazz Abbott 11, Scott Grimes 3.
The Hawks fielded three Under-16s in the Senior Cup Final and were actually leading in the early stages with skipper Dave Martin recording three brilliant wins. The home side eased in front after the break leaving Hethersett and Ipswich to battle for runners-up. Tactical racing left Jazz Abbott in last place in heat 15 and in the final heat Leon Mower from Ipswich was excluded for forcing Martin into the fence. A third-place in the rerun meant Martin had to face Ipswich's Josh Brooke in a race-off which the Ipswich rider won despite a strong challenge from the Hawk. It was a creditable performance from a young side.
Great Blakenham 50, Ipswich 39, Hethersett 39, Norwich 29. Scorers - Dave Martin 14, Jazz Abbott 9, David Adams 8, Philip Adams 6, Ben Collins 2.
In South-East Grand Prix action at Somersham, Callum Martin underlined his potential with a third place in the Under-8s, Ben Collins won the Under-16 B Final and Dave Martin was excluded in the Senior Final after a fall. Ben Collins won the Under-16 Norfolk Grand Prix round at Spixworth. with Dan Chambers second. In the Novices Danny Woods was second and Scott Grimes third.
Saturday Hethersett are staging their club championships starting at 1
p.m. followed by the Breckland Autos Charity Cup at 6 p.m. and on Sunday
they play hosts to East London for two matches at 2 p.m.
Posted 17th September
Hawks/Swinton and Co had one of their busiest weeks at the Memorial
Playing Field but during that period they crowned five club champions,
won another league title and secured a win that puts them joint top of
novice team, giving two riders team debuts, won the final leg of the
Norfolk Novice League to win the championship overall. Danny
Woods and Scott Grimes both won three of their four rides to lead the
side to victory with support from newcomers Axl Johnson and Marcus
54, Spixworrth 44, Norwich 42, Eaton 12. Hethersett - Danny Woods 15,
Scott Grimes 14, Marcus Woods 13, Axl Johnson 12.
matches took place at Hethersett on Saturday with five club
championships being followed by the Breckland Autos Charity Cup.
Jaie Abbott (U10) Scott Grimes (U13) Ben Collins (U16 and U19) and David
Martin (Seniors) took the club titles before Ipswich's Josh Brooke
completed a 20-point maximum to take the Charity Cup to Suffolk. David
Martin defeated Ipswich's Leon Mower in a race-off for second and third
full day's racing on Saturday seemed to take its toll on the Hawks on
Sunday as they entertained East London in South-East League matches.
Tactical errors, mistakes and bad luck reduced the Hawks chances as they
looked out of touch against experienced opponents.
Collins, David Adams and Jazz Abbott rode well in patches with their experienced
captain Simon Wilcox being the most consistent.
79, East London 94. Hethersett - Jazz Abbott 14, Ben Collins 13, Simon
Wilcox 13, Dave Martin 12, David Adams 11, Dan Chambers 7, Harley Hamill
5, Philip Adams 4.
the Division 2 match East London conceded 45 points for using restricted
riders and this was enough to see the Hawks move to joint top of the
Division and still give their younger members some racing. Simon Wilcox
and David Adams scored the only Hethersett 7-3 win of the day in heat 4.
B (63+45) 108 East London B 97. Hethersett - David Adams 10, Jazz Abbott
8, Harley Hamill 7, Ben Collins 7, Dan Chambers 7, Simon Wilcox 6,
Philip Adams 6, Danny Woods 5, Axl Johnson 4, Jaie Abbott 2, Callum
Saturday a few Hawks will be in Leicester for British Youth & Junior
Grand Prix action while on Sunday Hethersett stage a round of the
South-East Grand Prix for all ages at 1 p.m.
Posted 24th September.
and Co riders have been busy in Grand Prix action with a mixture of bad
luck and success. In the seventh round of the Norfolk Series at
Hethersett, Scott Grimes was second in the novice section with Shane
Miller third in his comeback match. At Under-16 level, Philip Adams won
the A Final with Ben Collins second and Harley Hamill fourth.
Saturday three riders went to Leicester for the final national round of
the British Youth and Junior Grand Prix. Scott Grimes had some bad
luck in his first two Under-12 rides but fought back to qualify for and
win the B Final in style. Dan Chambers won all his Under-14 heats
but was clearly fouled on the third lap of the final and finished
fourth. Philip Adams had a couple of indifferent races but then found
his form with some excellent passes including a last bend dive to win
the B Final.
Sunday, Hawks hosted the eighth round of the South-East Grand Prix.
Scott Grimes fell off when leading the Under-13 Final, Callum Martin
finished third in the Under-8s and his father David won the Senior event
coming from last to first in the final. Dan Chambers and Philip Adams
finished second and fourth respectively in the Under-16s.
Saturday Hawks riders will be in action in the East Anglian
Championships at Harford Park as well as representing Norfolk against
Suffolk while on Sunday the A and B teams travel to Gt.Blakenham in the
Posted 1st October
HEHTERSETT HAWKS / SWINTON & CO took a step nearer another League title when they won the Division Two match at Great Blakenham, defeating the League leaders on their own track. If they win their final match at home to Kesgrave they could be champions, depending on results elsewhere. The Hawks' B side have improved throughout the season and after an even start stamped their authority on the match with Jazz Abbott, Philip Adams and sub Simon Wilcox all unbeaten.
This match had followed the Division 1 match where the home side's unbeaten reigning champions were given a hard match by the young Hawks who refused to be intimidated by stronger riders. They became the only team to keep Blakenham under 100 points all season.
GT.BLAKENHAM 99 HETHERSETT 80
(Dave Martin 14 David Adams 12 Jazz Abbott 11 Philip Adams 11 Ben Collins 10 Simon Wilcox 10 Dan Chambers 7 Harley Hamill 5)
GT BLAKENHAM B 72 HETHERSETT B 87
(Jazz Abbott 20 Philip Adams 16 David Adams 14 Simon Wilcox 10 Ben Collins 9 Harley Hamill 8 Dan Chambers 7 Callum Martin 3)
Jazz Abbott, sponsored by PDQ Logistics, won the East Anglian Under-16 title at Harford Park, Norwich with a faultless maximum and then went on to captain Norfolk U16s to a 100-76 win over Suffolk with another maximum. Ben Collins defeated club-mate Dan Chambers in a race-off for the third place in the East Anglian Championship. Scott Grimes narrowly missed out on honours in the East Anglian Under-13 event finishing fourth but then dropped just one point for Norfolk as they pulled back to draw against Suffolk. Shane Miller was also prominent in this match.
Dateline - October 8th
Hethersett Hawks/ Swinton and Co are nearing the end of their
season but the successes keep coming.
At Kesgrave in Suffolk, Dave Martin, who won the Norfolk title
earlier in the season, became East Anglian Senior Champion, only the
second Hethersett rider to do so in the competition's long history. As
other contenders fell or made mistakes, Dave kept his cool under
pressure and even passed his closest rival Chris Osborne on the line
in his final race to complete a maximum and lead the field by three
points. It is a fitting reward to a club member who has put in so much
work with the Club's younger riders this season.
Best performance in the East Anglian Under-19s came from Ben
Collins who finished fourth.
Earlier in the week, Ben had been presented with his winning trophy
in the Norfolk Under-16 Grand Prix Series, even though he was unwell
and unable to ride in the final round. Dan Chambers took
advantage to win the round, enough to give him second place in the
series. Scott Grimes was runner-up in the Novice Grand Prix,
both on the night and in the series.
Hethersett riders performed well at Kesgrave on Sunday in the
final round of the South-East Grand Prix. David Adams was
runner-up in the Under-19s while Callum Martin (Under-8s) and Dave
Martin (Seniors) both came third. Dan Chambers missed out on the
Under-16 'A' Final by one point.
This Sunday the Hawks race their last League matches of the season at the Memorial Playing Field. The 'A' side take on Somersham at 11 a.m but the most important match is the 'B' team against Kesgrave at 2 p.m. A win for Hethersett could see them as Division 2 champions.
Dateline October 15th
Hawks/Swinton and Co rounded off their league season with a double
victory at the Memorial Playing Field, the second of which secured
another league title.
83-76 win by the B team over Kesgrave secured the South-East Division
2 title but it was a hard-fought victory. Philip Adams fell off
in heat two and then Dan Chambers did likewise in heat three. Dan’s
fall was more serious as a bad foot injury led to him retiring from
the meeting. The team rallied with Ben Collins and Jazz Abbott
gaining a 7-2 win followed by a 7-3 from Philip Adams and Danny Woods.
An 11-point interval lead was protected in the second half so that
victory was ensured with two heats remaining.
the Hawks had overwhelmed Somersham in the Norfolk and Suffolk League
with Dave Martin and Simon Wilcox unbeaten.
111, Somersham 57. Hethersett scorers - Dave Martin 19, David Adams
17, Simon Wilcox 15, Jazz Abbott 14, Ben Collins 13, Philip Adams 13,
Dan Chambers 10, Harley Hamill 10.
B 83, Kesgrave 76. Hethersett scorers - Jazz Abbott 19, David Adams
17, Ben Collins 14, Philip Adams 14, Danny Woods 13, Jaie Abbott 3,
Callum Martin 2 Dan Chambers 1.
the South-East League Riders Championship at Ipswich, Jazz Abbott,
sponsored by PDQ Logistics, came closest to honours. In the
Division 2/Youth League event he looked likely to be in the top three
until a fall in his last race saw him drop points. He was fourth with
16 points, one ahead of Ben Collins with Philip Adams and Dan Chambers
finishing on 12 points. In the Division 1 event Hethersett
scorers were Jazz 13 Philip 11 Ben 8 and Dan 7.
Hawks bring the curtain down on their season at the Memorial Field on
28th October with the Club Maiden Plate and Best Pairs Championships.
After the summer we have just had it seemed fitting that Hethersett Hawks / Swinton & Co should bring down the curtain on a very successful season on a wet track. The Club maiden Plate was eagerly contested and the popular winner was veteran Tim Grimes, a former team member who has returned to Club activities after his children joined. He dropped just one point and finished one point clear of favourite Harley Hamill who lost control in his opening ride and was passed in fine style by eventual third-place rider Danny Woods in a later race. Callum Martin won the handicap prize for the third consecutive year and his brother Daniel received the 'champagne moment' prize.
Tim Grimes 15 Harley Hamill 14 Danny Woods 13 Axl Johnson 10 Callum Martin 8 Katie Adams 6 Daniel Martin 4
This was followed by the Club Best Pairs which went to a race-off. Dave Martin and Axl Johnson were the winners after Simon Wilcox fell off in the tie-break. Wilcox and his partner Jaie Abbott took the runners-up spot with David Adams and Danny Woods third place.
1 David Martin & Axl Johnson 33
2 Simon Wilcox & Jaie Abbott 33
3 David Adams & Danny Woods 32
4 Harley Hamill & Shane Miller 30
5 Philip Adams & Oliver Forder-Wilcox 29
6= Ben Collins & Katie Adams 26
6= Scott Grimes & Callum Martin 26
South East Counties League Final Positions
riders from Hethersett Hawks / Swinton & Co had their first real taste
of indoor racing when they travelled to Salford for the British Indoor
Championships. There was success for Jazz Abbott, sponsored by PDQ
Logistics, who qualified along with Philip Adams for the Under-16 Final.
Philip struggled in the tough competition but Jazz overcame a slow start
with some determined riding. He won his last two races to finish on
16 points to take third position on the rostrum.
He is pictured above receiving his award.
He is pictured above receiving his award.
also reached the Under-19 Final but found that particularly tough as did
Scott Grimes who reached the Under-13 Final.
team events provided mixed fortunes. As the British Outdoor Under-16
Champions, the Hawks were fancied to make the final but two punctures and
a heavy fall ruined their chances in the Under-18 event. The same
four Under-16 riders plus Dave Martin, who had reached the Senior Final
and scored 10 despite an exclusion, took on the top teams in Britain and
did well to finish third out of five in their Semi-Final.
in all it was an enjoyable weekend from which the Hawks learned quickly to
adapt to the different style of racing.
Team Semi-Final - Wednesfield 54, Leicester 37, Birmingham 34, Hethersett
26,(Dan Chambers 9 Jazz Abbott 7 Philip Adams 5 Ben Collins 5)
Team Semi-Final - Horspath 57 Stockport 47 Hethersett 30 Sandwell 30
Birmingham 29. Hethersett scorers - Jazz Abbott 10, Philip Adams 7, Dave
Martin 6, Dan Chambers 4, Ben Collins 3.
Friday the Hawks celebrate their successful season at a Presentation Party
at Hethersett Social Club.
Hawks' Celebration Party
Hethersett Hawks/Swinton and Co Cycle Speedway Club celebrated its
most successful season to date with a presentation party at Hethersett
The lengthy roll of honour included a British Team title, two
South-East League championships, an East Anglian Junior Cup, a Norfolk
League Championship plus two East Anglian Individual Champions and
three Norfolk Individual Champions.
Winners of East Anglian Individual Championships were David Martin
(seniors) and Jazz Abbott (Under-16s) and winners of Norfolk
Championships were David Martin (seniors), Jazz Abbott (Under-19s and
The end of season Club awards for 2007 went to the following - Top
Scorer, David Martin; Best Newcomer, Callum Martin; Most Improved
Junior, Ben Collins; Clubman, Simon Wilcox; First-Team Rider, David
Martin; Second/Youth Team Rider, Ben Collins; Sportsman - David
There was also a special presentation from the riders to club
secretary Mel Perkins to mark over 40 years association with the
Hethersett club and cycle speedway in general.
“Mel is simply Mr Hethersett Cycle Speedway,” said club
chairman John Nelson.
The Club was pleased to announce at the party that its
sponsors Swinton and Co have agreed to extent their support for a
further two years.
Members will now have a busy winter preparing the track for reopening at the end of March.