Mildura Weekly : Friday August 8 Vol 8 No 40
SPORT 25 FRIDAY, AUGUST 8, 2014 MILDURA WEEKLY.COM.AU Sunraysia baseballers claim U12 Country Championship OLYMPIC Park’s 2014/15 speedway season is set to roar into life on Sep- tember 20, with the famous interna- tional venue to host the richest Side- car event in the country. The ‘Derek Lynd Memorial’ will see the best sidecar riders battle for a massive $10,000 purse provided in memory of the late father of former rider Deon Lynd. The event will launch a massive year for the Mildura Motorcycle Club, which will celebrate a new look track at Olympic Park. With the refurbishment virtually complete, the club is again in the top title mix after being awarded – follow- ing a three seasons hiatus – a round of the Australian Solo Championships, to be held on Monday, January 5. Five weeks following that event (Wednesday, February 11) will see Olympic Park host a round of the FIM Oceania Sidecar Championship. September’s opening meeting is more than a month earlier than any opening meeting in the past 50 years at Olympic Park, with talk of the track’s safety features going global thanks to a number of recent interna- tional visitors. Included in that list is top Polish rider Adam Skornicki – and some Polish journalists – as well as senior British referee and administrator, Paul Ackroyd. Visiting FIM Oceania Sidecar rid- ers, including current British Cham- pion, Mark Cossar – who was the first rider to try out the new FIM homolo- gated AirFence installed at Mildura – have also spread the message regard- ing the safety of the Mildura venue. This safety factor, as Cossar can well testify after his high-speed crash into the wall, will be to Mildura’s long-term advantage, with larger and more significant meetings potentially available to Olympic Park. It is another feather in the cap of Mildura, which is fast becoming the motorsports capital of Australia, with the Mildura Motorcycle Club continu- ing to strive for excellence. Up to 15 main meetings are pro- posed for this coming season, with many applied for as a regular part of the Mildura calendar. This action-packed program is sure to delight the growing number of fans who now attend the refurbished Olympic Park venue, which provides the AirFence as a great safety feature for riders, as well as better pit facilities for competitors and great viewing for spectators – including a VIP Lounge for sponsors. The regular State Title meetings have been applied for, with both the Australian Solo Title and FIM Oceania meeting locked in via Motorcycling Australia’s calendar. Other great meetings will be the Sidecar Shootout in December, the 38th Sidecar Spectacular in its regular Labour Day Long Weekend time-slot, and the ‘Phil Crump’ trophy meeting for solo riders on January 25. A new event for this coming sea- son will be a ‘State of Origin – Sidecar’ meeting on November 29, which will see the best four riders from each of the main Sidecar states battle for su- premacy. When it comes to the season opening, Deon Lynd has asked for permission to commemorate his late father with a meeting at Mildura, acknowledging Mildura as the only track which gave him any kudos and supported his racing over the years. Lynd always loved to race at Olym- pic Park, knowing that when in Mil- dura he always had to contend with some of the best riders in the business. Lynd wishes to only run this ‘me- morial’ for three seasons, and wants the meeting to be the biggest profile, and highest prize money, meeting for the year. The $10,000 meeting sees Lynd already with guarantees from Austra- lia’s top sidecar stars from New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria, and is waiting on confirmation of travel arrangements for some international teams. Probably the greatest attraction to the Lynd Memorial will be the re- turn to Olympic Park of some of the country’s best ever riders, with An- drew Cleave and Dave Power, Glenn and Nathan O’Brien with Col Winzar and Clarry Jones thrown in for good measure. These ‘champions of yesteryear’ will be riding in a separate division from the main event, with normal times to apply for much of the regular season. Gates will open at 5pm, senior practice will run from 5.45pm to 6.15pm, and the usual junior meeting will get underway from 6.30pm until 7.15pm. The senior rider parade will begin at 7.20pm, with the senior race pro- gram to get started at 7.30pm. Grandstand seating and catering is available, with patrons also asked to bring a chair or rug to sit on while sit- ting on grassy banks. • The 2014/15 Olympic Park Speedway season will get underway four weeks earlier this year, with 15 major events planned. Olympic Park 2014/15 competition calendar September 20: Derek Lynd Memorial Sidecar Trophy October 4: Classic Speedway (John and Les Gates Tribute) November 1: Solo and Sidecar Speedway November 15: Victorian Under 21 Championship (applied for) November 29: State of Origin Sidecars (Victoria, SA, NSW and Queensland) December 27: Dudley Bradshaw Sidecar Shootout January 5: Australian Solo Championship January 17: Victorian Sidecar Championship (applied for) January 25: Phil Crump Trophy January 31: Feature International Solo (under negotiation) February 11: FIM Oceania Sidecar Championship February 28: Mildura Sidecar Masters March 8: Curly Carmes Sidecar Spectacular April 4: Easter King of the Murray Arena Motocross June 7: Olympic Park Classic Speedway Championship SUNRAYSIA has made it three Under 12 Victorian Country Baseball Cham- pionships in a row, captur- ing the title last weekend in Bendigo. Sunraysia Under 12 coach Shanhan Barrot said he was extremely proud of his latest group of play- ers, who were competing at their first Country Champi- onships. “This is the third group that I’ve coached at these championships, so to come away with a third successive title in this division is a great effort,” he said. “This particular group was very raw and green heading into the tourna- ment, and we worked hard in the six weeks leading up to get to a competitive level. “We certainly didn’t go into the tournament expect- ing to win, and to say I’m proud of the team would be a massive understatement. “All the parents involved were also instrumental, so inalotofwaysitwasamas- sive team effort.” Sunraysia’s Under 12 team wound up progress- ing through the tournament undefeated, with their only blemish a draw against Ben- digo. “We were up against the likes of La Trobe, Ben- digo and a development side from Ringwood, so the competition was intense,” Shanhan said. “To come away essen- tially undefeated was a huge effort, and probably shows how well the team gelled and bonded.” The Under 12 team was one of four Sunraysia teams to contest the Country Championships, with a Un- der 14, Under 16 and Senior team also competing with limited success. 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