June 5th, 2013
For the Selco Birmingham Brummies and their quest for Elite League honours, it truly has been a magnificent May. Five daunting fixtures produced an exceptional four triumphs to leave the Brummies sitting in second spot. The opening victory of the month proved the most routine, Eastbourne comprehensively beaten 62-31 at a soggy Perry Barr. Captain Danny King and Martin Smolinski led the charge on a night of seven 5-1 heat victories for the Brummies. A narrow 48-42 defeat in a tight Friday night fixture at Lakeside followed, but that only served to strengthen the Brummies’ resolve as they embarked on a hat-trick of clashes which would reveal plenty about their credentials. A double-header against Midlands rivals Wolverhampton Wolves produced two bumper attendances and twin delight for the Brummies. Smolinski was again in inspired form while Jason Doyle and captain Danny King both contributed nine points in a nerve-jangling 46-44 home victory over their near neighbours, before an even greater feat was to follow for the Brummies five nights later with a first win over Wolves at Monmore Green since 1979. A genuine team effort produced a terrific transformation from losing the first heat 5-1 to opening up a six point advantage after heat nine. The Brummies were to hold their nerve in the closing stages to secure a 49-41 victory over the current league leaders. Sandwiched between those two derby successes was an equally eye-catching triumph at defending champions Swindon, which saw the Selco Brummies running out 47-45 winners to confirm their standing as the form team of the Elite Lea gue.