Tungate admits he lost focus during long season

Friday, November 30, 2012
5:39 PM

IPSWICH Witches star Rohan Tungate has admitted he needs to focus more, after a long first season in England.

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IPSWICH Witches star Rohan Tungate has admitted he needs to focus more, after a long first season in England.

Tungate, 22, enjoyed a fine debut year, upping his average with the Foxhall side.

But he admits he lost focus during the last month of the campaign – thinking too much of a return home to Australia.

“I started thinking too much about home and I was getting very tired by the end of the season,” Tungate said from his Kurri Kurri home in New South Wales last night.

“I will learn from my mistakes and I know I need to focus more right up to the end.

“The rain-offs got to me a bit and any poor meetings bothered me too.

“But overall I was pretty pleased with the way I rode for Ipswich and I’m looking forward to coming back next year – a bit wiser about it all.”

Tungate has just started work as a boiler maker back home – it’s a trade he has qualifications in – and he is enjoying the warm weather.

One of the first riders to be pencilled in to Ipswich promoter Chris Louis’ team for 2013, Tungate feels the Witches have an exciting look.

“Having Ben Barker in the team is great,” Tungate said.

“He’s one of, if not the, best rider in the Premier League. And I’ve heard he really looks out for his team-mates.

“It’s a shame we had to lose Dak (North) and Taylor (Poole), especially as Dak was going so well at the end.

“But I know that’s how it works and I’m looking forward to coming back.”

Meanwhile season tickets at Foxhall have been reduced in price.

The ticket prices will cover all Premier League meetings (apart from any play-off fixtures), all Premier League Cup meetings (apart from semi-finals or final) plus the Anglian Cup and the 16 Lap Classic meetings and there will be no increase on turnstile prices either.

There is the traditional Early Bird prices on all season tickets purchased by January 7, 2013 and details are as follows: Adults £220, concessions and students £180.

Tickets are still available after this date (until February 28, 2013) when prices will be: Adults £235, concessions and students £195.

Season ticket renewal forms will be sent out to all 2012 season ticket holders by e-mail or post in the next couple of days.

New application forms can be downloaded from the team website www.ipswichwitches.co.

And you can pay for season ticket(s) at the Supporters’ Club AGM on Wednesday, December 12, (Kesgrave Social Club, 7:30pm) or Foxhall Stadium on the following Saturdays: December 15, 22 adn January 12 between 10am and 1pm.

n SHEFFIELD have confirmed the return of local hero Simon Stead as their new No.1 for 2013.

Stead last rode for the Owerton side in 2002 and won a host of honours in his first spell with the club.

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