Record en­try for Mick Owens Tro­phy

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Speedway -

Arecord en­try of nearly 100 bowlers took part in the an­nual Mick Owens Tro­phy Tour­na­ment at the Stam­ford and District In­door Club spon­sored by the brew­ery Mol­son Coors. The £ 120 first prize went to the hus­band and wife rink of Carol and Bob Warters and Chris­tine and Alan Barnes. Run­ners- up were Joyce Fos­ter, Ken Rawl­ins, Con­nie Cox and Glenys Ed­wards. Stam­ford IBC pres­i­dent Nina Rawl­ins is pic­tured pre­sent­ing the tro­phy to, from the left, Chris­tine and Alan Barnes, Carol and Bob Warters. Pop­u­lar Pole Nor­bert Kosci­uch is on his way back to Pan­thers – and club bosses are back­ing him to keep on im­prov­ing. The 28 year- old re­turns for a fourth suc­ces­sive sea­son in city colours af­ter be­com­ing the fourth mem­ber of their 2013 team.

Kosci­uch was orig­i­nally drafted into Bri­tish speed­way by Pan­thers mid­way through the 2010 cam­paign and did enough to earn a re­turn the fol­low­ing year.

He was ini­tially over­looked for a place in the Pan­thers’ lineup last sea­son but, along with coun­try­man Krzysztof Buczkowski, made a big im­pact when­in­tro­duced in early June.

Kosci­uch put more than half- a- point on his av­er­age af­ter his re­turn while rack­ing up some huge hauls of points - mostly at re­serve - andthat was enough to con­vince team man­ager Jan Staech­mann to hand him a start­ing berth for next sea­son.

AndS­taech­mannhastipped Kosci­uch to con­tinue that im­prove­men­tanden­sure­hisav­er­age keeps ris­ing.

Staech­mann said: “Norbi is im­mensely pop­u­lar with the Peter­bor­ough faith­ful for his never- say- die at­ti­tude.

“Norbi is one of those rid­ers who just goes about his busi- ness. He gives you 100 per cent come hell or high water and I like that.

“I don’t think many peo­ple re­alised just how much pain and dis­com­fort he was in for the last few meet­ings with his in­jured­shoul­der, buthe­was­de­ter­mined to be­out there rac­ing for his team- mate­sand­h­is­fans.

“Norbi is his own big­gest crit­i­can­dy­ou­cansee­how­much it both­ers him if things aren’t goin­gac­cord­ing­to­plan, but­like I said, you can al­ways ex­pect he will give it his all and that is all any­one can ever ask.

“I feel Norbi im­proved a great deal last sea­son when he put over half a point on his av­er­age, and I think he can bet­ter that even fur­ther in 2013.”

Kosci­uch joins Swedish­star Li­nus Sund­stro­mand­loan­cap­tures Kenni Larsen and Ryan Fisher in the Pan­thers fold.

Staech­man­nadded:“Hewill fit in well with the three other lads we have signed and will con­trib­ute to our team spirit with his good sense of hu­mour.

“Norbi is an im­por­tant cog in our ma­chin­ery. He is a joy to work­withandIamvery­pleased that he is back for an­other full sea­son with Pan­thers.”

Pan­thers need a num­ber one and two re­serves to com­plete their line- up.

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