Danny Warick Wightlink Islanders The final piece of the 2013 Wightlink Islanders team jigsaw will fall into place in the early part of next week when the last of this year’s newcomers to the side Byron Bekker jets into the UK after wintering in his native South Africa.

The word ‘wintering’ is possibly completely the wrong word to use if you compare the temperatures he’s been enjoying out there to the weather we’ve had to suffer here in the UK and so he’s very much received his orders from the speedway club’s management to bring the sunshine and warmth with him!”

“He’s had his orders as it were and can only hope that he does bring both,” commented Islanders co-promoter Chris Hunt, “as we could all do with enjoying some over here in the UK couldn’t we?”

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Thankfully it was dry weather that prevailed at Smallbrook last week, albeit very cold weather, when the other six Wightlink Islanders had some early private practice laps to shake off a few winter cobwebs and Hunt added,” Whilst the circuit was a little patchy in places, there’s no denying the the club’s trackstaff had achieved wonders to get the circuit as good as it was bearing in mind it had been underwater the previous day!

“All six riders on view looked sharp and they’re a cracking set of guys all with the right attitude and even Tom Perry who was feeling quite bit under the weather with a touch of man flu showed his determination and commitment by being there.

“Given him not feeling that well, there was no problem in us excusing him from attending the Fans Forum event in the evening, although he missed out on a superb curry cooked for all the team and ourselves which we ate in the Premier Lounge whilst waiting for the supporters to arrive.”

When they did arrive discussion was certainly lively with questions being put to all the riders, members of the management and members of the hard working supporters club committee individually including some what might best be described as fun questions some of which couldn’t possibly be repeated here!

Undoubtedly the most popular question put to them all came from a supporter who merely asked them to express their opinions as to, “which club do you all think will finish second to us this year?!”

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Everybody knows that achieving on track success is not going to be as easy a task as merely predicting success off of it but after an excellent first get together of the year for the club’s management, riders and supporters there’s a real air of optimism amongst all involved with the Wightlink Islanders as they look forward to the 2013 National League campaign – despite the current UK weather!

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