Isle of Wight Islanders

The Isle of Wight Wightlink Warriors (formerly Islanders) are a British speedway team. They currently compete in the National League and ride their home meetings at the Smallbrook Stadium.[2]

The Islanders won the Premier League Pairs Championship in 2007 when Chris Holder and Jason Bunyan beat Glasgow in the final.

They also won the Premier League Four-Team Championship at Peterborough in 2007 with a team of Chris Holder, Jason Bunyan, Krzysztof Stojanowski, Glen Phillips and Cory Gathercole defeating King's Lynn, Somerset and Rye House in the final.

After a break of two years the club reformed in 2016 under the promotion of Barry Bishop and Martin Widman.

Isle of Wight Warriors (formerly Islanders)
Club information
Track addressSmallbrook Stadium
Ashey Road
Ryde
Isle of Wight PO33 4BH
CountryEngland
Founded1996 2016 (re-founded)
Team managerJackie Vatcher
Team captainTBC
LeagueNational League
Websitewww.wightwarriors.co
Club facts
ColoursBlue and Yellow
Track size385 metres (421 yd)
Track record time66.1 secs
Track record date13 April 2017
Track record holderStefan Nielsen
Current team
Rider CMA
England Georgie Wood 9.80
England Ben Morley 9.52
England Scott Campos 4.505.11
England Danno Verge 6.75
England Chris Widman 2.77
England Chad Wirtzfeld 3.79
England Connor King 3.47
Total 40.605
Major team honours
Premier League KO Cup2003
Premier League Pairs2002, 2007
Premier League Fours Champions2007
Young Shield Winners1998, 2001[1]
National Trophy2013[1]

2016 Team

No. Rider
1 United Kingdom Mark Baseby
2 United Kingdom James Cockle
3 United Kingdom Nathan Stoneman
4 United Kingdom Lee Smart
5 United Kingdom Chris Widman
6 United Kingdom Kelsey Dugard
7 United Kingdom Layne Cupitt

2013 Team

No. Rider
1 United Kingdom Adam Ellis
2 United Kingdom Ben Hopwood
3 United Kingdom Tom Perry
4 United Kingdom Darryl Ritchings
5 South Africa Byron Bekker
6 United Kingdom Danny Stoneman
7 United Kingdom Brandon Freemantle
5 United Kingdom Tom Young (replaced Byron Bekker)

2012 Team

No. Rider
1 United Kingdom Danny Warwick
2 United Kingdom Aaron Baseby
3 United Kingdom Paul Starke
4 United Kingdom Ben Hopwood
5 United Kingdom Kyle Hughes
6 United Kingdom Danny Stoneman
7 United Kingdom Adam Ellis
Also Rode United Kingdom Mark Baseby
Also Rode United Kingdom Ross Walter
Also Rode United Kingdom Steven Jones
Also Rode United Kingdom Nick Simmons
Also Rode United Kingdom Marc Owen
Also Rode United Kingdom Rikki Mullins

2011 Team

No. Rider
1 United Kingdom Paul Starke
2 United Kingdom Rob Smith
3 United Kingdom Lee Smethills
4 United Kingdom Brendan Johnson
5 United Kingdom Nick Simmons
6 United Kingdom Tom Hill
7 United Kingdom John Rech

2009 Team

No. Rider
1 United Kingdom Tom Brown
2 United Kingdom Ben Hopwood
3 United Kingdom Chris Johnson
4 United Kingdom Brendan Johnson
5 United Kingdom Nick Simmons
6 United Kingdom Scott Meakins
7 United Kingdom Tom Hill

2008 Team

No. Rider
1 United Kingdom Jason Bunyan
2 United Kingdom Glen Phillps
3 Poland Krzysztof Stojanowski
4 United Kingdom Paul Fry
5 Australia Cory Gathercole
6 Australia James Holder
7 New Zealand Andrew Bargh
8 Australia Richard Sweetman

Notable Islanders

References

  1. ^ a b Oakes, P (2006). Speedway Star Almanac. Pinegen Ltd. ISBN 0-9552376-1-0.
  2. ^ Bamford, R & Jarvis, J.(2001). Homes of British Speedway. ISBN 0-7524-2210-3

External links

2007 Premier League speedway season

The 2007 Premier League speedway season was the second division of speedway in the United Kingdom and governed by the Speedway Control Bureau (SCB), in conjunction with the British Speedway Promoters' Association (BSPA).

Adam Ellis

Adam Ellis (born 21 March 1996) is a British grasstrack and speedway rider.

Adam Shields

Adam Shields, born (8 February 1977 in Kurri Kurri, New South Wales), is an Australian international speedway rider who has ridden for multiple teams in the British speedway. He first rode in the UK for Premier League team the Isle of Wight Islanders in 2002, before stepping up to the Elite League for Eastbourne Eagles and then the Lakeside Hammers in 2007. He missed the end of the 2008 season due a number of injuries sustained during a race. On 5 May 2012, Shields announced his retirement from the sport, citing personal reasons, but returned in 2013 with Eastbourne.

Adam has appeared in the Speedway World Cup for Australia and he won the Australian Under-21 Speedway Championship in 1997.

Ben Morley (speedway rider)

Benjamin (Ben) Morley (born 10 March 1994) is a British speedway rider. He currently rides for Eastbourne Eagles in the SGB Championship and Isle of Wight Warriors in the National League.

Chris Holder

Christopher Robert "Chris" Holder (born 24 September 1987 in Sydney, New South Wales) is an Australian speedway rider currently riding for Lejonen in the Swedish Elitserien and for Unibax Toruń in the Polish Speedway Ekstraliga. He became the Australian Individual Speedway Champion in 2008 and followed up with wins in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014 (he was runner up in 2009) as well as winning the Australian Under-21 Championship in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. He finished as runner-up in the Under-21 World Championship in 2007 and 2008. He is

2012 World Speedway Champion. His brother, James, also rode in the UK with the Plymouth Devils in the Premier League and younger brother Jack Holder also rides for the Somerset Rebels in the SGB Premiership.

Cory Gathercole

Cory Gathercole (born 2 December 1986 in Irymple, Victoria) is an Australian international motorcycle speedway rider who rides for the Plymouth Devils in the British Premier League. He was also a member of the Swindon Robins squad in the Elite League.Has represented Australia at Under-23 level.

Craig Boyce

Craig Boyce (born 2 August 1967 in Sydney, Australia) was a motorcycle speedway rider who primarily rode for the Poole Pirates in the British Elite League. After retiring from riding, Boyce became manager of the Australian national team until 2012.Boyce is a three-time Australian Solo Champion. He won all of his championships (1991, 1996 and 1997) with a 15-point maximum.

Daniel Giffard

Daniel James Giffard (born 10 November 1984) in Eastbourne, East Sussex, is a speedway rider in the United Kingdom, who rode with the Redcar Bears in the Premier League.

He has represented Great Britain at Under-21 level.

Derek Sneddon

Derek Sneddon (born 27 July 1982) is a Scottish speedway rider.

Glen Phillips (speedway rider)

Glen Alan Phillips (born 22 November 1982) in Farnborough, Kent, is a speedway, Longtrack and grasstrack rider in the United Kingdom, who rode with the Isle of Wight Islanders in the Premier League.

He has represented Great Britain at Under-21 level.

Henning Bager

Henning Bager (born 18 February 1981) is a Danish motorcycle speedway rider.

James Holder

James (Jim) Holder (born 5 May 1986 in Sydney, New South Wales) is an Australian speedway rider. He is the older brother of 2012 Speedway World Champion and five times Australian Champion Chris Holder, and jack holder who is also a speedway rider,

Jason Bunyan

Jason Michael Bunyan (born 9 March 1979 in Milton Keynes) is a former England under-21 international speedway rider, who rides for the Rye House Rockets in the British Premier League.

Krzysztof Stojanowski

Krzysztof Stojanowski (born 5 January 1979, in Sulechów, Poland) is a speedway rider who rode for the Isle of Wight Islanders in the British Premier League.Stojanowski was appointed captain on his arrival with the Islanders in 2006. In 2007 he was a member of the Premier League Four-Team Championship winning team.

Manuel Hauzinger

Manuel Hauzinger (born 3 December 1982, in Vienna, Austria) is an international motorcycle speedway rider who rode in the UK for the Berwick Bandits in the Premier League. He also rode for the Swindon Robins in the Elite League, replacing Theo Pijper. He made a memorable debut for Swindon against the Eastbourne Eagles, where he scored 8 points and beat Grand Prix star Scott Nicholls.

Hauzinger has won the Austrian National Championship eight times and represented Austria in the 2004 Speedway World Cup.

Paul Starke

Paul Simon Starke (born 18 November 1990) is an English speedway rider.

Tom Perry (speedway rider)

Thomas Andrew "Tom" Perry (born 22 February 1993) is a British speedway and grasstrack rider.

Tomáš Suchánek

Tomáš Suchánek (born 7 April 1984 in Pardubice, Czechoslovakia) is a motorcycle speedway rider who first rode in the UK for the King's Lynn Stars in the Premier League in 2003.

Suchánek is a Czech international, representing them in the Speedway World Cup in 2005 and 2006.In 2008 he signed for the Reading Racers.

Ulrich Østergaard

Ulrich Reinhold Østergaard (born 19 April 1981 in Odense, Denmark) is a Danish speedway rider.

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