New Zealand and the World Team Cup 1977
With the UK qualifying round date of Sunday, June 19, IVAN MAUGER made himself unavailable for the team. TREVOR REDMOND named his side that included JACK MILLEN but injury cost him the place. DAVE GIFFORD stepped up and a new reserve, JOHN GOODALL came into the squad.
So along with BRUCE CRIBB, LARRY ROSS and ROBIN ADLINGTON, the Kiwis were ready to rocknroll.
They would take on defending World Champions Australia, England and Scotland. Only the winners would go to the World Team Cup Final in Poland. And so to the action;
Heat 1. Jessup, Herne, GIFFORD, Beaton ef.
1st England 42
2nd Australia 33
3rd Scotland 13
4th NEW ZEALAND 8
England sent Matilda waltzing and that was a shame. The two teams should have faced each other in the Final but the system of the day, denied the Speedway world that spectacle.
On the other side of the coin, Scotland had it over NEW ZEALAND, beating the KIWIS in ten of the sixteen heats. A wonderful win by CRIBBY in heat 4, being the only highlight of their afternoon. Through sharper bifocals, LARRY ROSS should have had two more points from heat 10, but it would have made little difference. At the end of day, they had all tried their hardest. So good on 'em !
England went on to win their 3rd World Team Cup but any complacency would prove dangerous indeed.
1977 World Team Cup Final. Wroclaw. Poland.
This article was first published on 30th December 2016
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