End Of Season Party
A packed out Bell Hotel in Mildenhall town centre hosted a highly enjoyable Fen Tigers end of season party. Radio Suffolk’s Stephen Foster was the MC for the evening as team captain Danny Halsey scooped the major awards following his excellent season leading the side. Danny won the Promotion's 'Rider of the Season', the Supporter's 'Rider of the Season' and The Graham Clark Trophy.
Crowd favourite Josh Bates won the ‘Entertainer of the Season' award whilst there were joint winners of the ‘Bonus Points of the Season' trophy; the honour being shared between Jon Armstrong and Aaron Baseby. Kevin Jolly, Chris Louis and Robert Henry all spoke during the presentations and highlighted the fine team spirit that remained even though it was a difficult season with all the seven riders suffering injuries during the campaign. They promised that the Fen Tigers would come back stronger and ready for the challenge next season but were unable to go into any detail about possible signings until the meetings due over the coming weeks to discuss the structure of speedway in 2014 had taken place.
Tigers Beaten In Last Heat Decider!
Mildenhall Fen Tigers long campaign finally came to an end last night as they crashed out of the KO Cup in a pulsating end to their epic Semi-final tie with the Isle of Wight Islanders.
The Fen Tigers already again suffering the loss of Aaron Baseby due to work commitments went behind in Heat One when Stefan Nielsen loped down the back straight. A tapes offence by Liam Rumsey saw a potential heat advantage lost in heat two and the Fen Tigers were four points behind overall after two races. With ex Fen Tigers Joe Jacobs and Ben Hopwood in fine form it was nip and tuck all the way, and another shared heat when Rumsey fell and was excluded saw the sides level on the night at 24 apiece after eight heats but the Islanders still holding their valuable two point advantage from the first leg.
An exchange of 5-1's in Heats Nine and Ten saw the scores remain level, before a brilliant ride by Captain Dan Halsey saw him defeat Jacobs and with young reserve Connor Mountain winning a battle with star Islanders reserve Chris Widman the Fen Tigers were in front for the first time in the evening and the aggregate scores were level! After a shared heat twelve came the race of the night when Jacobs held off a charging Halsey and Nielsen in Heat thirteen and the aggregate scores remained level. Things looked bad for the Fen Tigers in heat fourteen when the Islanders gated on a 5-1 but guest Lee Payne was excluded after getting into trouble on the second bend and putting both wheels over the white line, this let Mountain and Rumsey through but there was further drama when Rumsey again fell and had to remount and coast home for the valuable point. It all came down to heat fifteen after 59 races had failed to separate the two sides, and with the thought of a one off heat to decide the tie a real possibility! Unfortunately for the Fen Tigers it was not to be as Jacobs and Hopwood gated and as hard as Nielsen and Halsey tried they couldn't find a way past and the Isle of Wight claimed their place in the Final against the Dudley Heathens.