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JAZZ QUART-ERS

Last eight for Nottingham after Sharks win

Nottingham are into the quarter finals of the KO Cup after the second division side completed a comfortable aggregate win over last years semi finalists Brighton on home shale this week. Keen not to let the hard work done in the first leg—which they had won 44-46— go to waste the Jazz were on the ball from the off, Blazej Polacek (11) beating visiting top man Hobart Buus (12) in the opener, with John Arthur (8) claiming third for a 4-2. A race later the reserve pairing of Tivadar Koltz (10+1) and Liam Edwards had increased the Jazz’s aggregate lead to eight with the first of their side’s two 5-1’s on the night. The second saw Arthur and Koltz combine to beat tactical substitute Buus in heat eight, some unbelievable team riding from the two back up riders to deny the Dane, who many have tipped to be a future world champion, he looked any thing but on this occasion. Arthur claimed another big scalp in heat ten, the 25 year old holding Martin Jacobsen (12+2) at bay for the full four laps to take the three points, Nick Wood’s Jazz now 16 up and cruising. Their passage through to the last eight was secured as early as heat 12 and it was that man Koltz there to book the tickets, the recently crowned WU19 Champion taking his side over the line with a stunning victory over the third of the Sharks heat leaders, Enar Kiseljov (10+1). Nottingham have now won four out of four in the KO Cup this season and are currently on a winning run of eight in all competitions, with an earlier victory at second tier leaders West Ham, 41-49, marking them out as they team to watch in the second half of the campaign.

TODAY: Shorts

Nottingham’s remarkable top of the table win has cut West Ham’s lead at the summit of division two from 12 points going into the meeting to nine at the halfway point of the campaign. Still both sides should be lining-up in division one next year, this only West Ham’s second loss of their campaign—their third came seven days later at Croxley Green (47-43)—while the Jazz are currently in the form of their existence, a six meeting winning run taking them four points clear of fourth placed Kent in the promotion race. Blazej Polacek (15) scored his first full maximum of the season in the victory, while at second string Dzoni Dzelandini scored a season best 11+2. But again it was reserve Tivadar Koltz to make the headlines, the Hungarian teen suffered a heat two retirement but still finished with a paid 11 score, he ending the night with three straight victories, which included a heat 12 success over Marcin Bukalski (9+1). The sides will meet again at least four more times this year, with the two drawn together in the quarter finals of the KO Cup. West Ham—winners of the competition in SL28—made their way into the last eight with a sensational win over Swanage, Bukalski (14+1) and Erko Teever (9+3) both unbeaten for the Dockers in a 56-34 rout on home shale, the first leg at Days Park had finished all square.

 

A bad week all round for Swanage who prior to their KO Cup exit had lost for the third time at home in the league when title chasing Stoke paid a visit to their circuit. The 43-47 win is now part of a 14 meeting unbeaten run in all competitions for the Wildfire, who end the first half of the season just a point off league leaders Newark. Stoke’s Days Park victory was returned despite three of their bottom four beating just two riders on the track between them, this one was won by their heat leaders, with Matthew Francis (14), Jarno Gronlund (13+1) and Tom Ranshaw (9) taking ten race victories to their opposite numbers total of two! The defeat leaves Swanage just a point above the drop zone and facing a relegation battle in the second half of the season, starting next week at ninth placed Warrington, who could go above them with a victory. Definitely on the up after a poor start to the season are another of the sports greats, Putney, they into the top half of the table for the first time in SL29 thanks to their 43-47 win at bottom side Reading.

 

Daniel Mucha’s inconsistent form has cost Swanage recently and now himself a place in the latter stages of the World Championship. The current world number 15 will not get the chance to defend his Continental title in this years final, he eliminated from the qualifier in Gyor won by Peak Dean’s Miroslav Koubsky (13) after finishing down in 11th. Newark’s Alexey Otyutskiy won the second of the Continental semi finals in Lublin, the SL24 and 25 World Champion—bidding to return to the GP’s for the first time in three years—dropping just one point on his way to his ninth career WSO event victory.

 

Cradley’s biggest ever away league win saw them return to the top of the division three table, they beating Benfleet 34-56 on their travels to take them clear of Herne Bay on points difference. Debutant at second string Steven Lovell—on loan from Herne Bay—scored ten. The Titans went on to win themselves on the road, beating Tresco by four, Cradley asset Benn Robertson scoring nine in that one.

 

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