Pirates: Ford close to signing first star for 2013

First published in Pirates News Bournemouth Echo: Photograph of the Author by

MATT Ford was last night already making plans for the Pirates class of 2013 as the dust slowly settled on Monday’s Elite League Grand Final heartache.

Ford looked on as Poole Coastal Aluminium failed to defend their 2011 title after being beaten 95-89 on aggregate by Swindon.

Pirates were left to rue injuries to Darcy Ward and Piotr Pawlicki ahead of Monday’s second leg and although late guest booking Chris Harris chipped in with paid nine, Ford’s men were ultimately found wanting at the bottom end as Ludvig Lindgren, Linus Eklof and Ricky Kling managed just nine points between them.

And the disappointment of Monday’s title defeat has seen Ford move quickly to start his team-building for next year’s campaign, despite still having the Knockout Cup to defend from last season’s memorable double.

Promoter Ford, whose side are back on track for this evening’s cup semi-final first leg against Peterborough at Wimborne Road (7.30pm), told the Echo last night: “I have already spoken to someone this morning regarding a contract for next year and I am hoping to know more on that tomorrow.

“I’ve been making calls and I am keen to get the first name on the team sheet for next season. What I can say is it isn’t one of the three headers from this year.”

While Ford would not be drawn on his target, it is understood he would be keen to keep hold of 17-year-old Pawlicki, who turned in some dazzling displays before his season was ended due to a shoulder injury.

Ford added: “What happened to Piotr Pawlicki really cost us in the final.

“Swindon had the strength in depth with Simon Stead moving into the main body of the team and Sebastian Alden coming in at reserve.

“Losing Jason Doyle to injury didn’t really affect them and, because we could only use one rider above and three below Piotr for rider replacement, it was hard for us.

“Fair play to Swindon on the night, but I don’t think they were better than us over the whole season.

“We had two points taken away from us for other things so that would have put us four points clear at the top of the table.

“They certainly weren’t the better team – it really came down to them having more luck with injuries.”

Asked whether he had any regrets over building a top-heavy team around Aussie stars Chris Holder and Ward, Ford said: “I think potentially I could look at things and question whether I was right to stick with one guy for so long. I suppose I could have made a change earlier.

“But I don’t want to hire and fire people constantly because it would give me a bad name in the sport.

“Having said that, I have definitely learned things about the people I have worked with this year and I think, in hindsight, I would have made certain changes earlier in the season.

“You have to accept that you can’t get it right all of the time and certainly there have been a couple of factors that have proved to be our downfall this season.

“We can put it right in the future, though, so it’s onwards and upwards.”

The Panthers have also been hit hard by injury and use two guests plus rider replacement tonight.

Niels-Kristian Iversen, meanwhile, guests for Ward.

Poole: 1 Niels-Kristian Iversen (guest), 2 R/R for Piotr Pawlicki, 3 Chris Holder, 4 Ricky Kling, 5 Krzysztof Kasprzak, 6 Ludvig Lindgren, 7 Linus Eklof.

Peterborough: 1 Scott Nicholls (guest), 2 Norbert Kosciuch, 3 Mads Korneliussen (guest), 4 R/R for Ryan Sullivan, 5 Michael Jepsen Jensen, 6 Jason Bunyan, 7 Rene Bach.

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8:21am Wed 24 Oct 12

Telscombe Cliffy says...

Fair play to Swindon on the night, but I don’t think they were better than us over the whole season.

“We had two points taken away from us for other things so that would have put us four points clear at the top of the table.

“They certainly weren’t the better team – it really came down to them having more luck with injuries.”

He sums up why there was a perfectly good league system tried and tested for god knows how many years, that worked. Now destroyed by a stupid add on 4 team knockout at he end. By all means have the knockout as a challenge event at the end of season when most riders are tired and some injured.
Fair play to Swindon on the night, but I don’t think they were better than us over the whole season. “We had two points taken away from us for other things so that would have put us four points clear at the top of the table. “They certainly weren’t the better team – it really came down to them having more luck with injuries.” He sums up why there was a perfectly good league system tried and tested for god knows how many years, that worked. Now destroyed by a stupid add on 4 team knockout at he end. By all means have the knockout as a challenge event at the end of season when most riders are tired and some injured. Telscombe Cliffy
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9:12am Wed 24 Oct 12

oldlegtrailer says...

To all Pirate fans - Swindon were by far the best over the season they consistently scored more points away from home. I would like to personally thank all the Pirates for making it so easy for us on the night on your own track so we could relax for the last three heats knowing we were champions and also to thank the Poole fans for being so quiet on the night. I suppose now you will trying to sign 5 heat leaders for next year? Best wishes No 1 Robins fan!
To all Pirate fans - Swindon were by far the best over the season they consistently scored more points away from home. I would like to personally thank all the Pirates for making it so easy for us on the night on your own track so we could relax for the last three heats knowing we were champions and also to thank the Poole fans for being so quiet on the night. I suppose now you will trying to sign 5 heat leaders for next year? Best wishes No 1 Robins fan! oldlegtrailer
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9:57am Wed 24 Oct 12

QP-retired says...

C'mon people whether Poole or Swindon fans, can't we have a bit of magnanimity in either victory or defeat?!
Swindon beat Poole on aggregate in the play-off final - end of! lets move on.

Fair play to Rosco - his positive comments about Poole - the fans, the track staff and the management - were exactly in the best spirit of a final between the league's outstanding 2 best teams.
ps. for 2013 I do so hope the first signing is Pawlicki on 4 points in one of the reserve berths.
pps. echo -reserves for tonight's meeting are Masters and Howarth NOT Lindgren and Eklof. :-)
C'mon people whether Poole or Swindon fans, can't we have a bit of magnanimity in either victory or defeat?! Swindon beat Poole on aggregate in the play-off final - end of! lets move on. Fair play to Rosco - his positive comments about Poole - the fans, the track staff and the management - were exactly in the best spirit of a final between the league's outstanding 2 best teams. ps. for 2013 I do so hope the first signing is Pawlicki on 4 points in one of the reserve berths. pps. echo -reserves for tonight's meeting are Masters and Howarth NOT Lindgren and Eklof. :-) QP-retired
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10:37pm Wed 24 Oct 12

Moggy 2 says...

Get over it Ford -Swindon were the better team. We could go back to the old days and have no play offs, the team who finished top of the league should be crowned the winners, there should be no black and white helmet tacticals, and if that was the case Swindon would have won the title on the first play off. Darcy could not have won this final on his own - Harris rode just as well. Darcy has had enoughbad press this year. Best wishes Darcy for a speedy recovery.
Get over it Ford -Swindon were the better team. We could go back to the old days and have no play offs, the team who finished top of the league should be crowned the winners, there should be no black and white helmet tacticals, and if that was the case Swindon would have won the title on the first play off. Darcy could not have won this final on his own - Harris rode just as well. Darcy has had enoughbad press this year. Best wishes Darcy for a speedy recovery. Moggy 2
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10:58pm Wed 24 Oct 12

QP-retired says...

Apologies Echo, it was Lindgren and Eklof tonight. It was wrong on the Pirates website. 51-39 Pirates to Peterborough with 12 point cushion tommorrow - KO Cup semi final 2nd leg.
Apologies Echo, it was Lindgren and Eklof tonight. It was wrong on the Pirates website. 51-39 Pirates to Peterborough with 12 point cushion tommorrow - KO Cup semi final 2nd leg. QP-retired
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8:36pm Sat 27 Oct 12

mikek says...

Telscombe Cliffy wrote:
Fair play to Swindon on the night, but I don’t think they were better than us over the whole season.

“We had two points taken away from us for other things so that would have put us four points clear at the top of the table.

“They certainly weren’t the better team – it really came down to them having more luck with injuries.”

He sums up why there was a perfectly good league system tried and tested for god knows how many years, that worked. Now destroyed by a stupid add on 4 team knockout at he end. By all means have the knockout as a challenge event at the end of season when most riders are tired and some injured.
On the night we had Doyle injured who would have scored a couple more than Seb Alden for sure and Batch was very ill with bronchitis and had spent the weekend in bed and should not had rode,so all this evened things out in my book. You also can't take away the fact that Kildemand beat your top rider and world champ on his own track plus your others. Over the first leg you HAD to use the black and white twice for double points otherwise the second leg would have been over by heat 9. We never needed the tacticals by the way. This league format is devised to see who is the best team on the night even though you don' t like it the same happened to Swindon a couple of seasons back when we finished first and lost it to the second team Wolves who were better on the night, simple.
[quote][p][bold]Telscombe Cliffy[/bold] wrote: Fair play to Swindon on the night, but I don’t think they were better than us over the whole season. “We had two points taken away from us for other things so that would have put us four points clear at the top of the table. “They certainly weren’t the better team – it really came down to them having more luck with injuries.” He sums up why there was a perfectly good league system tried and tested for god knows how many years, that worked. Now destroyed by a stupid add on 4 team knockout at he end. By all means have the knockout as a challenge event at the end of season when most riders are tired and some injured.[/p][/quote]On the night we had Doyle injured who would have scored a couple more than Seb Alden for sure and Batch was very ill with bronchitis and had spent the weekend in bed and should not had rode,so all this evened things out in my book. You also can't take away the fact that Kildemand beat your top rider and world champ on his own track plus your others. Over the first leg you HAD to use the black and white twice for double points otherwise the second leg would have been over by heat 9. We never needed the tacticals by the way. This league format is devised to see who is the best team on the night even though you don' t like it the same happened to Swindon a couple of seasons back when we finished first and lost it to the second team Wolves who were better on the night, simple. mikek
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3:24pm Wed 31 Oct 12

oldlegtrailer says...

Well said Mikek lets face it we gave them a good thrashing - up the Robins - yes we are magnanimous in Victory why not? - we beat the favourites fair and square over 2 meetings - lets do it again in 2013
Well said Mikek lets face it we gave them a good thrashing - up the Robins - yes we are magnanimous in Victory why not? - we beat the favourites fair and square over 2 meetings - lets do it again in 2013 oldlegtrailer
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