December 11 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 30, 2013
It’s that time of the year for me to dish out my end-of-season awards.
Like in 2012, I’ve handed out 10 gongs as I bring to an end my weekly Eastern Daily Press captain’s column for another campaign.
Thanks for all the feedback on my second term of writing for the EDP. Hopefully I’ll be back in 2014!
1 Best rider of the year: Niels-Kristian Iversen wins for the second season running. The decision speaks for itself. He’s carried the team in different meetings and been outstanding for Lynn, and in the Grand Prix.
2 Most entertaining rider: Kozza Smith. He’s in control, at being out of control. I just love watching him. He pulls some great shapes.
3 Best crash: We’ve had a lot of accidents this year, but I’ll vote for myself. I had two against Poole at home in separate meetings. The latter was when I got whipped like I was riding a Bucking Bronco on the home straight.
The pictures made it look really spectacular.
4 Funniest moment: It has to be Rory Schlein’s ‘broken leg’. He told everyone he had broken the leg, as that’s what doctors told him apparently, but he never did. He’s still taking stick for it. We just all rip him for being a woose.
5 Best opposition: Champions Swindon are the best team we’ve faced. They’ve done so well to keep so many of their riders from last year.
6 Worst track: Belle Vue. It’s just badly prepared, not suitable for racing, and you just have to poodle around it.
7 Biggest joker: Richie Worrall. He’s always cracking gags. He’s got a dry sense of humour and has improved our great team spirit.
8 Worst moment: This is a long-running thing. Every time Rob Lyon called me to say we’d had another injury or somebody was missing a fixture. It lasted all year.
9 Best meeting: Beating Lakeside 53-40 at home. We had no Niels, were 10 behind, but stormed back. It was pretty cool to be a part of. On a personal level, getting an 18-point maximum at Coventry was brilliant. It was just one of those nights where everything came effortlessly.
10 Unsung hero: A second gong for Richie. He puts in so much effort. He’s a great team rider. He’s not got the scores he deserved. But he’s such a talented guy on a bike. He won a race with a bent bike at Coventry and has probably been our most consistent rider all year.
- Mads Korneliussen was talking to Gavin Caney.
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