Pumas v Rye House PreviewSteven Cook Saturday, June 02, 2001 15:32 GMT
PUMAS ENTERTAIN ROCKETS
Pumas make only their third home appearance of the season tomorrow when they entertain Rye House Rockets. The Rockets beat the Pumas in Monday's challenge match at Hodderson but the Pumas were then without injured Adam Pryer and Chris Schramm who was riding for Premier League Reading. This week Schramm returns and he and the rest of the team will be looking for their first win of the season.
Pumas team manager Gerry Short said "Chris is doing well for us but it's a bit of a double-edged sword for us in that he'll probably miss another four league matches due to fixture clashes."
Schramm is an example of what the Pumas is all about the whole idea is to get the younger riders into the sport and get them fixed up with Premier League teams. The Pumas have great backing from sponsors Contraband and are lead brilliantly by Gerry Short (team manager), Pete Seaton (youth development officer) and also by Pumas team captain Ian Barney.
After tomorrows meeting Pumas fans will be able to see three 14 year olds who are soon to be Pumas they are Daniel King, Danny Norton and James Brundle. King and Norton will both be 15 in August and will then be able to ride for the Pumas, while Brundle will have to wait till next season because he is not 15 until at christmas.
Short said "I can't wait for August so that we can get the new boys in. I'm sure they'll be straight into the team"
Pumas heat leader's Chris Schramm and Ian Barney both ride in tonights (Saturday) Ace of Herts Championship Individual meeting at Hoddeson the home of tomorrows opponents Rye House.
Schramm is in good form and after riding for Reading in the Premier League the 16 year old rode in Southampton's challenge meeting last night at Somerset and scored a brilliant 17 points. More details of this match will appear when I recieve it.
BOTH SCHRAMM (left) & BARNEY (right) RIDE AT HODDESON TONIGHT