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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Make or break weekend for Workington Comets

It is make or break for Workington Comets this weekend.

At best Comets could win both their matches and end up in two finals and clinch some silverware or at the worst both matches could be lost and we would end up with nothing.


I think the least the team deserve for the effort they have put in and for the trials and tribulations they have suffered this season is a shot at a trophy and realistically you would think they have a better chance in the Knock Out Cup.


To pull 18 points back against Newcastle is not impossible and it would mean we would meet Ipswich in the final. Our performances against Witches this season have shown us to be far the better team.


In the play offs getting something at Edinburgh would be hard and even if we did get through Somerset are one of the toughest sides in the league to beat over two legs.


However, if that was to happen I’m sure no-one would begrudge another match like the one we had back in July which would be a fantastic end to the season no matter what the result.


There is still plenty to play for but we will know what we have or don’t have to look forward to by around 9pm on Saturday - as always weather permitting.

THE line up for next year’s Grand Prix series has been completed and to be honest there are no major real surprises in the picks for the four wild cards.


The one major casualty is Great Britain’s Chris Harris but I’m sure nobody can say they could be overly surprised with the decision after relying on a wild card to get in the series for a number of years and his performances over the last two years have not been up to a Grand Prix standard.


Taking the British place will be Tai Woffinden who has already had experience of the cut and thrust of the Grand Prix.


He admitted last time he was not ready for it but he has matured and his class is clear to see, especially over the last couple of seasons and that he is one of the top British riders.
I think Tai could surprise a few people with what he could do this season.


All the other picks were fairly straightforward.


After the Polish clubs dropped their rule of only allowing one Grand Prix rider in their team Darcy Ward was almost an automatic choice following his sensational rides in a couple of rounds in 2010 and surely Jarek Hampel would have been in the top eight if he hadn’t broken his leg considering his blistering early season form.


And it would have been a travesty if the man who replaced Hampel, Martin Vaculik, hadn’t been included.


The Slovak won on his Grand Prix debut and was close to breaking into the top eight even though he didn’t race for the first half of the season which is pretty good going by anyone’s standards.


2013 will have to go along way to match the excitement and drama of 2012 but the riders are there and its only five months until we are back in New Zealand to do it all again.

By Paul Crute
Published: October 19, 2012

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