Sheffield Wosskow Brown Stars were crowned British Junior Team Champions in a tense and thrilling final, at Newport, over the Bank Holiday weekend.
This was Sheffield’s third national title, having all been won in the junior team event. The Stars won the same title at the same track back in 2007 - there must be something about the Welsh air that helps the Sheffield riders. Stars made the perfect start as Ed Morton and Adam Watson won the first two races.
With four races left were still in with a chance of the title. But first Poole, then Ipswich fell away leaving Sheffield and the powerhouse Wednesfield Aces in the fight. The Aces finished on 47 points after Carl Parfitt won heat 19. Adam Watson showed the upmost composure to win heat 20, putting Sheffield on 47 points also. It was now a sudden death run-off for gold. Adam displayed nerves of steel, despite having the unenviable record of losing his last five race offs, to defeat Aces’ previously unbeaten Brandon Whetton to clinch the team gold. The Stars first won the junior title back in 1972.
Sheffield scorers: Adam Watson 14, Ed Morton 13, Niall Morton 12, Sam Haines 8, Niamh Morton DNR. Championships.
Sheffield finished in fourth place, with 30 points, in the British Womens Club final at Poole. Winners, for the 12th time, were Leicester on 49 points.
Sheffield scorers: Laura Watson 11, Niamh Morton 9, Sammi Marsh 6, Emily Morton 4.
* Another busy weekend awaits the Sheffield riders. On Saturday the juniors race at Hull in the final regional round of the BYJL. Under-10 Joe Brownell could make it a clean sweep by winning his fourth successive round. Niamh Morton (girls 12-17) also leads her category. On Sunday, the actionmoves up the East Coast to the home of the Northumbria Vikings for the Northern League KO Cup. Sheffield will contest both the senior and junior finals. The Stars last won the senior cup in 2007, but have an excellent recent record in the junior event. They were champions in 2014 and 2015, then runners-up to Bury in 2016.