Home Contact Us Stadia Pix Articles All About You Riders to Remember
DVDs Books Pictures Archive Dream Teams Programme Generator
02/08/2020
Goodbye Loomer Road
The BLRC 1970
When the Rangers Roared
Your Feedback
 
19/07/2020
Strikes and Bans
The BLRC 1969
Your Feedback
 
12/07/2020
The Lokeren Disaster
The BLRC 1968
Your Feedback
 
05/07/2020
The BLRC 1965
The BLRC 1966
The BLRC 1967
Your Feedback
 
28/06/2020
Bill Andrew
Your Feedback
 
22/06/2020
Polish Programme Generator
 
21/06/2020
Humans of Speedway
Your Feedback
 
14/06/2020
All About You: Alan Pennington
A Frame Up
Your Feedback
 
07/06/2020
Drew Kemp Magazine
The Internationale 1981
Your Feedback


Kiwis in the Overseas Final - 1991
By Tracy Holmes

David Bargh won the NZ Final from Chris Martin and Mark Thorpe but none of them lined up at the Commonwealth Final. The two places going instead to Mitch Shirra and Gary Allan.

Despite a nasty first round fall, Mitch got through but Allan was out of his depth. So yet again, NZ had one rep at the Overseas Final staged this year at Odsal, Bradford on June 23.

From there, 9 would qualify to one of the World Championship Semi-Finals in August. And just like the previous round, Mitch put up 7 points to get through with a soaked handkerchief. He only had 2 points at half time! This was a bigger achievement than it looked as this meeting saw the elimination of British Champion Gary Havelock, USA Final winner Rick Miller and World number 3, Todd Wiltshire.

 

Heat 4. Hamill, Correy, SHIRRA, N Collins.

7. Wiltshire, Screen, Tatum, SHIRRA.

10. Smith, Doncaster, SHIRRA, Adams.

16. SHIRRA, Ermolenko, Doyle, Havelock.

17. Thorp, SHIRRA, Miller, K Moran.

 

Kelvin Tatum 13. Sam Ermolenko 12. Billy Hamill 12. Andy Smith 11. Paul Thorp 10. Ronnie Correy 9. Jeremy Doncaster 7. MITCH SHIRRA 7. Kelly Moran 7. All qualify.

Todd Wiltshire 6. Glenn Doyle 6. Joe Screen 5. Gary Havelock 4. Leigh Adams 4. Rick Miller 4. Neil Collins 3.

Reserves Chris Louis and Bobby Ott dnr.

"Oh aye, footnote was it?" Mitch rode in the World Championship Semi-Final at Rovno, scored 9 points and safely qualified for the Gothenburg World Final.

 

1981 - 1982 - 1983 - 1984 - 1985 - 1986 - 1987 - 1988 - 1989 - 1990 - 1991 - 1992 - 1993 - 1994 - 1995 - 1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000/01

 

This article was first published on 24th February 2018

[ Use Mobile Version ]
 

 

Comment on this Article | Contact Us | Go Back to Main Menu

   Please leave your comments on this article or on the site as a whole