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Meeting Preview - Vince Mapley Memorial Trophy


The Islands’ speedway riders take a break from team action this Thursday (17 May) and look instead for individual glory as the club stage the annual Vince Mapley Memorial Trophy at the Andrew Younie Smallbrook Stadium in Ryde.

Originally planned to be the opening meeting of the 2018 season in April, bad weather forced its cancellation and the Warriors promoters were quick to re-schedule the event. Warriors’ co-promoter Barry Bishop was sincere in his acknowledgement of Mapley’s influence on himself and fellow co-promoter Martin Widman as they prepared to re-launch speedway on the Island back in 2015/16. He said, “We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Vince and his family. They were so supportive of our plans. It is only right that we honour the memory of a man who over the period of our association was a real inspiration to Martin an