November 5th, 2012
The Selco Birmingham Brummies 2012 record breaking season ended in slight anti-climax after they were knocked out of the Elite League Knockout Cup semi-final despite a hard-fought 45-45 draw home leg against Coventry’s Buildbase Bees at Perry Barr.
Needing to overturn a six-point deficit after the first away leg at Brandon, 5-1s in Heats 2 and 5 for the visitors instantly put the Selco Brummies on the back-foot. The Brummies kept their hopes alive with a maximum of their own courtesy of Ben Barker and Sebastian Ulamek in Heat 9, but they could not quite do enough despite levelling things up late on and went down to a 96-90 aggregate defeat.
Skipper Danny King led the side sensationally to bag 14 points and Ben Barker also performed well from the No.3 race jacket, but in the end, ten last places cost the home side dearly, and they finish the campaign wondering what could have been having been knocked out of both the Elite League Play-Offs and the Knockout Cup at the semi-final stage.
King said: “It’s a shame. The boys were so close but it’s not quite enough. We’ve just got to be happy and reflect on what we’ve done this year. I think we’d take it, it’s been a good season for the club.”
The Brummies had an excellent season finishing in 3rd place in the SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE which gave them a place in the end of season title shootout in only their second season in the Elite League. That in itself was a great achievement but theBirmingham club then also went on a cup run getting through to the semi-finals of the Elite League Knockout Cup.
“reaching the play-offs is a historic achievement for this club and we are so proud of the team” says club co-owner Alan Phillips. Co-owner Grahm Dury added “It wasn’t that long ago that there was no speedway inBirmingham. It’s a fairytale story in my opinion.”
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