Bordernapolis 2018 line-up revealed, its a corker!
Let's face it, 2018 has been a fantastic season for the Berwick "KLS" Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope of Wooler), and yes they missed the play-offs by one point, but they finished their league campaign six excellent places higher than most of the expert speedway pundits placed them before a wheel was turned, proving that the Courtney-promotion know their stuff, letting the Border fans rest in the knowledge their club is in safe hands.
However this Saturday night (September 29th) sees the final blast for 2018 with the annual "Bordernapolis" Individual Championships (sponsored by Kitson Windows of Berwick and Alnwick) hitting the Shielfield shale with tapes-up at the usual 7.00pm start time.
Five of the 2018 Bandits will be up for glory with only Dany Gappmaier and Theo Pijper missing out on the fun and games due to prior commitments, however Aaron Summers, skipper Kevin Doolan, Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen, David Howe (now a fully confirmed starter) and Jye Etheridge will be taking five of the 16 places available.
Joining the home quintet are 11 riders bristling with talent starting with 27-year-old Australian Sam Masters who's Berwick experience has come from his years as an Edinburgh Monarch, although is now based with Premiership side, Wolverhampton. He is joined by fellow Aussie, 28-year-old Josh Grajczonek, another full-time Premiership rider this season, but another who has massive Shielfield experience, scoring with ease more often than not.
Local rivals, the Newcastle Diamonds are sending one of their greatest successes of 2018 - and indeed a former Bandit - in Australian-born 33-year-old Matthew Wethers.
The Brits are well represented with Jason Garrity (24), Kyle Howarth (24) and another former Bandit, Paul Starke (27) as well as young Like Ruddick included in the field along side another former Bandit, who indeed started his UK career in the Northumbrian Border Country, 24-year-old Argentinian Coty Garcia.
Denmark (along side the Bandits' own Nikolaj) also sees Kasper Andersen, aged 20 in his debut British season with King's Lynn and Sheffield step up to the plate for success while also in the line up is Pole, Rafal Konopka, the 25-year-old who last rode in the UK scene with Redcar and Peterborough back in 2014/15 with sensation from the Stars of Tomorrow, Joe Lawlor asked back after a fine display two weeks ago.
The event follows the current GP formula of 23 races (please not season tickets are not valid for this event) and all for the excellent price of £15.00 for adults, £11.00 concessions and as ever kids go free.
There's also a wheelie competition, a mascot match-race followed by the "wrap party" at the Black and Gold to complete a full night's entertainment … .and a fine season's action.