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Workington Comets to race on

Everybody at Derwent Park on Saturday was overjoyed to hear that the future of Workington Comets has been secured for at least the next two years.

Laura Morgan and Steve Whitehead have come in to buy the club from Keith Denham and they have bold plans for next season including reducing admission prices and putting together a title challenging team.


Only time will tell whether these plans are successful but positive feelings are already emanating from the Derwent Park stands.


What everybody wanted to see was speedway continue in Workington and that is exactly what we got.


The positive news of speedway continuing to run into next season slightly offset the disappointment of just losing out to Newcastle in the semi final of the Knock Out Cup.
 

Eighteen points was always going to be a tough ask to pull back but at one stage it looked if the Comets were going to do it only to be foiled at the end but any true fan would say they would take the future of the club next year over the loss in a semi final.


It is true that we were unlucky not to make at least one final and fans can point to the weather in the League Cup against Ipswich for preventing us going further in that competition and an injury to Rene Bach in the first leg of the Knock Out Cup that would have kept the scores closer for the return leg.


But all in all three semi finals, a third place in the Fours, and a win in the Pairs can be classed as a successful season and let us hope it can be built on for next year.
 

But there is always that feeling there could have been a little bit more.....

A NEW name is on the Elite League trophy after Swindon deservedly overcame Poole in the Grand Final.


It was only right that the two teams who were head and shoulders above the rest of the league contested the Grand Final and it was nice to see somebody other than Poole take the honours.


It has been a long time since Swindon tasted success and is a remarkable story after finishing bottom of the pile last year.


But I had a sneaking suspicion they would do well with this year with Alun Rossiter at the helm, who guided Coventry to Elite League glory in 2010, and the team that had been put together.


And who were the two stand out performers on Monday who contributed to their victory?


Peter Kildemand and Simon Stead were first discovered by Comets and obviously their talent has been recognised by riding in the higher leagues.


I think Kildemand has maybe surprised a few people this season with how well he has done rising from reserve to heat leader spot in the space of a year.


We just now need Sky Sports Nigel Pearson to learn how to pronounce his name properly - its Kildemand not Killerman.

By Paul Crute
Published: October 26, 2012

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