Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 17°C

Search
Kings of Anglia Issue 7 Magazine Offer With Jimmy Bullard and Tristan Nydam

Ipswich Witches Australian star Rory Schlein looks ahead to 2018

30 November, 2017 - 06:30
Rory Schlein in the pits at Foxhall, where he is looking forward to being again in 2018. Photo: STEVE WALLER

Rory Schlein in the pits at Foxhall, where he is looking forward to being again in 2018. Photo: STEVE WALLER

© Copyright Steve Waller

Ipswich Witches star Rory Schlein says there is no reason the Foxhall side can’t take that extra step to glory in 2018.

Rory Schlein leading the way in heat four of the Sheffield v Ipswich play-off final fist leg.Rory Schlein leading the way in heat four of the Sheffield v Ipswich play-off final fist leg.

The Suffolk side suffered two heartbreaking cup final defeats in 2017 – the play-off final to Sheffield and the knock-out cup loss to Peterborough.

It was hard to take for the club and the fans, especially because injuries hit the team hard throughout the season – and even struck in the cup final against Peterborough itself.

But Schlein, who brought so much to the side during the season after promoter Chris Louis swooped for his signature last winter, is already looking forward to the team challenging again in 2018.

“I think it’s pretty safe to say the reason Chris and Ritchie (Hawkins, who is team manager) have gone for virtually the same team is because they believe we can build on last year,” Schlein said.

Rory Schlein (left) and Danny King, will be leading the Witches charge again in 2018. Photo: STEVE WALLERRory Schlein (left) and Danny King, will be leading the Witches charge again in 2018. Photo: STEVE WALLER

“The team spirit was superb. One of the main reasons I enjoyed last season so much was because of that spirit, it really rubbed off on me.

“Riders got on so well, it helps your racing.

“The likes of me and Danny King used to race against Chris, while many of the team have ridden with or against Ritchie. There’s a lot of respect.”

The Witches announced their full 2018 line-up over the weekend, with the only change to the 2017 starting team being young German, Michael Haertel – a rider Schlein admits he knows little about.

WITCHES announce their 2018 line-up

“I don’t pretend to know him well, but I’ve had plenty of people tell me he is a talent,” Schlein said.

“I think while it is nice to bring back almost the whole team of last year, it’s good to freshen it up with one new face.”

So, can the Witches go that one step further in 2018 and at long last grab some silverware?

Schlein has his answer to that.

“I don’t see any reason why not,” he said.

“We were tipped to be one of the front runners last season and I pretty well guarantee we will be tipped to be one of the front runners this season.

“Luck plays a huge part. If we get the luck on our side next year, then who knows?

“The team showed how good it was last season.”

Meanwhile, promoter Louis added: “We’ve missed out on silverware in two finals, but we were there to give ourselves a chance and we will be there again next year.”

SMELLS like team spirit at Ipswich Witches for 2018!

Visitors to a popular reservoir have been told not to enter the water after dangerous blue green algae was found.

Robberies in Ipswich have increased by more than 20% over the last year – while drug-related offences have risen by more than a third in West Suffolk, latest crime figures have revealed.

It’s been a remarkably fine and dry summer across our region, but many of us are longing for some typical English showers. Will today be the day?

The new football season is just weeks away – and we are getting in on the action by giving Suffolk’s youth football clubs the chance to win a share of £10,000 worth of football equipment.

A loose horse has been found and rescued by fire crews in Bramford this evening.

Police crews, fire engines and ambulances were called to the scene of a collision in Wherstead Road in Ipswich

With so much stunning coastline and countryside to explore, getting around all of Suffolk’s picturesque beauty spots can be a challenge.

Thousands of extra new homes will be built across east Suffolk in the next two decades, according to a blueprint drawn up to shape the future of the area.

Youth gangs and drug violence have been described as “the biggest threat without question facing Suffolk”.

An Ipswich man who stabbed two men during a late night attack outside a town centre nightclub has been jailed for nine years.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24