June 20 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, April 5, 2012
THE waiting is almost over for Mildenhall Fen Tigers as they get ready for their season opener against Dudley Heathens in the National League Shield at West Row on Sunday, At 4.30pm.
For the Tigers, installed as favourites by the critics to win the NL title this time around, after coming close to the double in 2011, it’s a stern test of their credentials against the much-fancied West Midlands outfit, but new skipper Lewis Blackbird says Sunday can’t come soon enough.
“We have ‘unfinished business’ from last year and it would be brilliant for me as captain to lead the boys to more success this season.”
He continued: “One of the main things I want to do as skipper is keep the fantastic team spirit going that we had last year. I’m sure the new boys Stefan Neilsen, Josh Bates and Nathan Stoneman will settle in quickly and I’ll be there to help them in every way I can.”
Blackbird’s thoughts are echoed by team manager Rob Henry.
“The boys did brilliantly to win the Cup but I am still hurting about missing the double by one point not even a league point but a match point!
“I am confident though that this year’s team are up for the challenge.
“Cameron Heeps could easily be the top rider in the NL and I’ve no doubt that making Lewis captain was a great move and, as well as leading from the front, he will be a great support to me in the pits.”
Co-promoter Michael Lee feels there’s little to choose between the eight clubs in this year’s National League.
“It’s looking very competitive with all the teams having good looking line-ups.
“Our boys are going to have to be at their very best to follow up last year’s successes.”
Sunday promises an Easter feast of action for supporters with the clash against Dudley followed by the first junior match of the season as the Fen Tiger Cubs take on an AJL Select side.
Lee added. “It’s brilliant that Junior racing is back on an organised level in East Anglia, and here at Mildenhall we are taking it very seriously as we keep to our pledge of bringing through new British talent. We decided to readopt the Fen Tigers Cubs name as it’s a salute to so many riders who went on to great things after riding for the Cubs. I am sure there is a new generation ready to follow in their footsteps.”
There is the chance for fans from both teams to join in with some Bank Holiday fun as an Easter Bonnet competition is being held, with a parade planned for the interval.
They can be made from any type of headgear, with everyone welcome to take part. Prizes will be awarded to the best adult and best child’s ‘bonnets’. the winners will have their photo taken with the riders and also receive an Easter Egg.
Mildenhall Fen Tigers:
1 Cameron Heeps 9.18
2 Joe Jacobs 6.27
3 Stefan Nielsen 5.28
4 Daniel Halsey 4.76
5 Lewis Blackbird (C) 7.01
6 Nathan Stoneman 3.00
7 Josh Bates 3.00
Team Manager: Robert Henry
1. Adam Roynon (C) 9.08
2. James White Williams 4.53
3. Tom Perry 5.89
4. Byron Bekker 6.55
5. Ashley Morris 6.63
6. Darryl Ritchings 4.29
7. Dan Greenwood 3.00
Team Manager: Will Pottinger
Junior League Teams:
The Complete Car Services Ltd Fen Tiger Cubs
1 Josh Bates (C)
2 Joe Gravier
3 Niall Strudwick
4 Tyler Grovier
Team manager: Robert Henry
1 Nathan Stoneman (C)
2 Andy Mountain
3 Daryl Ritchings
5 Daniel Greenwood
Team manager: Kevin Jolly