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A night to remember with a fine home win, Kenni Larsen was back on Tyneside, one stalwart retires and a new star is born!
Sunday 16th September 2018, 23:45 UK
LAWRENCE HEPPELL
Photo: Steve Brock
Newcastle took a win on their likely last home match of the season amidst a night of vastly mixed emotions.
 
It was a night of vastly mixed emotions on Sunday night, more than likely the last match of the home season, a fine and well excecuted win 49-41 over the Workington Comets , the announcement that one of the most staunchly loyal Diamonds of all time, Stuart Robson was retiring after the Workington Cup match, and then 13-year-old Geordie Archie Freeman won his first major national championship in the 150cc class of the British Youth Championship series. What a night and good sales of tissues!

The intention is to get a good in-depth natter with the skipper sometime midweek on this website, so stay tuned for Stuart's thoughts as the loveable Mackem who started his long and illustrious career with the Diamonds in the 1993 prepares to hang up his Kevlar racing suits.... look out for that!

The Boiler Technical Services Diamonds took a fine 49-41 win over Workington, a side most certainly boosted by the inclusion of 18+1 point scoring Aaron Summers as a guest, but it was a good win by a side who have proved without doubt they weren't half a bad side afterall despite the constant hammering from the critics but yet again every Diamond took a win or paid win proving strength-in-depth really works wonders and not a team of also-rans.

Matty Wethers at reserve was the epitome of this scenario, looked like he was out of the sport at the start of the year, handed a lifeline by the Diamonds, and finished off him scehduled home campaign with a solid 12+2 including three solidly battled wins when many had written him off.


Yet again every Diamond had his moment and it combined to take the win, and with speedway regularly firing curve-balls, who knows, maybe the cup isn't dead and buried just yet?


Kenni Larsen (pictured above with Archie) was a very welcome visitor to Brough Park, the track he still holds the remarkable 61.0 sec. track record which was recoreded in October 2010, and was delighted to be back to see his old hunting ground, but also thrilled to see Archie Freeman, who holds Kenni in "true hero" status take his championship win, which can only be of further inspiration to the Teen Print Gem who has gone completely unbeaten at Brough Park all season, and only dropped one win on his travels away from Byker,


Its not just his undeniable quailty of control on a speedway bike, but his down-to-earth approacability and ability to hande the media, performing so well on BBC Newcastle's Total Sport programme on Friday night, and again talking so clearly on the track after his win on Sunday night, praising his family to the hilt proving he's the all-round package, and a real one to watch for the future!


The night had it all, and Newcastle now boast a new national champion.... what's not to love???



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