Rosin steps up when injuries put pressure on Flyers
FOR Ipswich Flyers centre Tayla Rosin this year has thrown up a few surprises.
The Flyers have reached the grand final in each of the three years she's been with them, winning two.
This season they sit third with one game to go before the finals.
The Flyers beat Southport Carrara on forfeit last week and can't expect a testing challenge against eighth placed Logan City tonight in the final competition round either.
All of which could make it hard to be well prepared for the finals.
The Flyers had a training game on Tuesday against the club's under-19 team as compensation for missing out on a run against Southport Carrara.
The under-19s are not much younger than Rosin.
She is used to being the junior member of the squad, having joined them when she was 16.
But this year the presence of goal attack Kirsty Brennan means she is "no longer the baby of the team," as she puts it.
It means Rosin has had to take on some more responsibility.
Brennan is on the long-term injured list however, after breaking her arm. She is joined this week is versatile Flyers player Tara Bramwell.
Bramwell has a back injury and Rosin doesn't know how long it is likely to sideline her.
It is a blow to the Flyers as Bramwell is adept in numerous positions, so her absence gives them fewer options tactically.
Rosin, in particular, will miss her Aztecs teammate's presence.
"It's like we've always played together," Rosin said. "I can pass it and know where she's going to be."
Rosin admits injuries at this time of year make it tough, but there is no excuse for her not getting to another grand final.
If anything, she thinks not being among the top two at this stage could be an advantage.
"We seem to like being underdogs," Rosin said.
"We haven't peaked yet, so that's a good sign."