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Another great season

So here we are at the end of another speedway season and it has been an eventful one to say the least.

The roll of honour has been completed and after already knowing that Swindon had been crowned Elite League champions all eyes were on Scunthorpe’s Eddie Wright raceway on Monday to see who would take the Premier League crown.

As a final should do, it went down to the last race with Scunthorpe eventually overcoming Somerset by a single point in a dramatic final which saw victory change hands many times.

With Scunthorpe finishing second and Somerset third it was perhaps fitting that the Scorpions should have prevailed.

Comets fans were left wondering what might have been after rain denied them the chance to face Edinburgh which if they had won ( a tall order I know) would have seen them race in the play off final.

Three semi finals is not bad but at least one final would have been nice for the team.

However, that is the way speedway goes sometimes and there is always next year.

As has said before this year cannot be counted as a failure - there is just a tinge of disappointment.

However, safe in the knowledge that we are running next year there is an air of positivity regarding 2013.

I think if the backbone of the team stays together next year we have a very good shot at the title - the only disappointment is we have to wait five months before we go off on what promises to be another rollercoaster season.

A quick prediction from me on who I would like to see in the team next year - and this is not trying to second guess the promotion in any way.

Richard Lawson, Rene Bach, Adam Roynon, Kyle Howarth, Mason Campton, Michael Palm Toft and a three pointer, possibly Jason King if he has overcome his injury problems.

Now with 2012 over and done with attention will witch to the British Speedway Promoters Association conference in two weeks time.

There is always the lull between the end of the season and the conference where speculation is rife and the rumour mill goes into overdrive about what could be decided and which riders go where.

No doubt with the unprecedented rainfall we have had this year the BSPA will come up with some hair brained schemes consistent with them to throw into the mix next year.

Imagine trying to explain speedway to a newcomer with all the rule changes every year - even I lose track sometimes.

One thing I would like to see though - and it is easier said than done - is to try and get a balance of matches that will see sides race at home most weeks but give some leeway for ones that are bound to be rained off during the season so there is time to fit them in elsewhere.

You cannot expect to go a whole season, especially in Cumbria, without a few meetings rained off, so provision has to be made for those.

By Paul Crute
Published: November 2, 2012


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