2019 WARRIORS STARTING LINE-UP
Georgie WOOD : Connor KING : Chris WIDMAN
Ben MORLEY (Captain ON BIKE) : Ryan TERRY-DALEY
Danno VERGE : Chad WIRTZFELD (Kneeling)
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2019 WARRIORS CURRENT LINE-UP
Georgie WOOD : Jackie VATCHER (Team Manager)
Ben MORLEY (Captain On Bike) : Scott Campos
Chris WIDMAN : Chad Wirtzfeld
Connor KING : Danno VERGE (Kneeling)
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STARTING AVERAGE - 9.28 : FINISHING AVERAGE - 9.60
DATE OF BIRTH : 8 September 1993 - Maidstone, Kent.
(2015-16) Eastbourne, (2017-18) Sheffield, Eastbourne, (2019) Eastbourne, Isle of Wight
Georgie joins the Warriors off the back of his best season to date, and will be starting his Island journey with the highest average in the Warriors team. Seen many times on the Island as a visiting rider and lining up in various individual meetings throughout the last few years. The Smallbrook track suits his riding style perfectly, and I'm sure we will see many moves around the Islands high banking bends which will now be in the Warriors favour. He loves the track, the fans and the clubs ethos, and together with Ben we have a formidable paring to spearhead the team both home and away consistently. A proven performer, team member and has tasted much success, so Georgie will be keen to keep that success going and bring those trophies to the Island.
BEN MORLEY (Captain)
STARTING AVERAGE - 9.13 : FINISHING AVERAGE - 9.25
DATE OF BIRTH : 10 March 1994 - Southend, Essex.
(2009-10) Rye House II, (2011) Rye House, Hackney, (2012) Rye House II, (2013) Kent, (2014) Lakeside, Kent, (2015) Redcar, Kent (Pairs Champion & National League Rider Champion), (2016) Lakeside, Rye House, Rye House II (Four-Team Championship
winner), (2017) Rye House, Lakeside, (2018) Lakeside, Isle of Wight (2019) Isle of Wight
The Island gives a big welcome back to Ben who captained the 2018 Warriors team. A true professional both on and off track, always makes himself available to the fans and the media, has great respect from his fellow riders and is a top performer in the National League. The current National League Riders Champion, Ben's consistent scoring power along with his ability to lead the team both home and away from the front is second to none at this level, and you can always count on Ben to be in the mix and return the goods needed in those big Heats 13 & 15.
STARTING AVERAGE - 4.83 : FINISHING AVERAGE - 5.95
DATE OF BIRTH : 26 March 1996 - Greenwich, London.
(2014) Scunthorpe II, (2015-16) Kent, (2017) Mildenhall (National Trophy winner), (2018-19) Isle of Wight
Danno returns to the Island off the back of a solid 2018 season for the Warriors and in his own words, "I wouldn't want to be riding anywhere else". Slaying his demons of big tracks, he got stuck in and soon become accustomed to the Smallbrook circuit. A big fan favourite amongst the Warrior fans, Danno can now prepare for his return and continue his progression within the sport. He will be an important cog in the engine room of the team both home and away, and with his likeable, friendly yet determined attitude in the pits, the Warriors have a solid, reliable and dependable team member back on board for their 2019 campaign.
STARTING AVERAGE - 6.28 : FINISHING AVERAGE - 4.86
DATE OF BIRTH : 1 May 1989 - Ipswich, Suffolk.
(2004) Mildenhall, Rye House II, (2005) Mildenhall, Boston, (2006) Boston, (2007) Oxford II, (2009-16) King’s Lynn II, (2017) Isle of Wight, King’s Lynn II, (2018) Isle of Wight, (2019) Plymouth, Isle of Wight
Scott returns to the Island after being released from Plymouth midway through the season. He comes back into the side on a bargain average which will see him line up as a second string rider, and will provide vital backup to Ben and Georgie. Scott was a formidable force on the Island in 2018, and his experience both on and off track will be freely shared amongst his fellow team mates. Along with scoring power his calmness, professionalism,
approachable demeanor and wealth of knowledge for the sport will see him as the 'go to' guy in the pits for help and advice.
STARTING AVERAGE - 3.32 : FINISHING AVERAGE - 3.52
DATE OF BIRTH : 25 March 1990 - Leicester, Leicestershire.
(2005) Scunthorpe, (2008) Boston, (2009-10) King’s Lynn II, (2011) Belle Vue II, (2012) Buxton, (2013) King’s Lynn II, Isle Of Wight (National Trophy winner), (2014-15) Stoke, (2016) Isle of Wight, Mildenhall, Stoke, (2017-18-19) Isle of Wight
The Warrior fans are jubilant with the news of Chris Widman re-signing to be a Warrior for a forth season. Coming in off the back of a difficult season for Chris in 2018, he hopes his low starting average will work in the teams favour as he is confident of raising that during the
2019 campaign. A seasoned professional and Warrior in every sense of the word, Chris simply would not feel at home riding for another club. The Warriors will be looking for Chris to provide vital backup to the heat leaders and recapture the form everyone knows he is capable of achieving, whilst the Warrior fans as always encourage him from the terraces again embracing him as a fan favourite.
STARTING AVERAGE - 2.00 : FINISHING AVERAGE : 3.67
DATE OF BIRTH : 21 August 2003 - Poole, Dorset.
(2019) Isle of Wight
Chad begins his British League speedway career in the reserve birth for the Warriors in 2019. A familiar face on the Island as he has been the clubs mascot since the birth of the Warriors
and an almost ever present at the My First Skid training school. Having turned 15 years old midway through last year, Chad will be one of the youngest riders in the league but enters with plenty of racing experience from the Youth scene both home and abroad. He has amassed hundreds of laps on the Smallbrook circuit, and is fully prepared and keen to put that knowledge to use in competitive competition. The fans over the last 3 years have watched each week his improvement and speed on the track, and can now show their support as he lines up at the tapes as a Warrior, a well earned and deserved appointment.
STARTING AVERAGE - 2.00 : FINISHING AVERAGE : 3.74
DATE OF BIRTH : 29 August 1998 - Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk.
(2019) Isle of Wight
Although Connor has guested for the Warriors on their travels, this will be his first declared team appointment in the National League. Having picked up good points in those meetings, the Warriors promotion kept their eye on him and made him a target to come to the Island in 2019. His youth and enthusiasm are sure to be a hit with the Warrior fans, and he is raring to get out there and race hard. He knows some of the other Warriors well, and is keen to tap in on Danno's setup knowledge due to their "equal size" so he says. An unknown quantity in this league as is Chad, so the Warrior fans will be out in force on press day when they will see for the first time the style, speed and race craft Connor brings to the Island.
STARTING AVERAGE - 5.22 : FINISHING WARRIORS AVERAGE - 4.75
DATE OF BIRTH : 5 April 1994 - Hammersmith, London.
(2012) Mildenhall, (2013-14) Coventry 2, (2015) Stoke, (2016) Coventry 2, (2017) Stoke, (2018) Plymouth, (2019) Isle of Wight, Leicester
Ryan moved along the South Coast to join the Warriors from Plymouth and came into the team with plenty of experience riding on the Smallbrook circuit. A long riding supporter of
speedway on the Island, having taken many guest bookings to ride in our various open meetings held throughout the last few years. Despite his consistency, hard work and determination, Ryan struggled to hit the form expected by the management as third heat leader, and was released midway through the season.