Ipswich Flyers on mission to ignite winning roll-on

THE middle of winter can be the time sporting teams start to show weariness and signs of fatigue as the long season takes its toll.

Not the Ipswich Flyers in the Mount Franklin Challenge.

The Flyers are delighted they can knuckle down with a run of five games straight before they have to endure another week off.

The strange competition structure means the Flyers have played only twice in the past five weeks and it has taken a toll.

One player extra keen to make up for lost time is wing defence Steph Lee.

Lee missed much of the early part of the season after dislocating a thumb. She is back to something approaching full health and keen to make the most of it.

"I keep strapping it, but it's holding up each week," she said.

So bad was the dislocation that Lee had to go to hospital to have it put back in.

Yet the combative defender did even know the extent of her injury at the time.

"I kept playing and went to defend a ball,'' she said.

"That's when Tara (Bramwell) pointed it out to me. She said: 'Look at your thumb.' Then I said to her, 'Put it in. Put it in.' And she said, 'I'm not touching it'."

The two-time defending champion Flyers have been far from their best recently so have used the break to do some rebuilding.

"This week, at training on Monday we went back to basics of footwork and passing,'' Lee said. "That's what has let us down the most."

Lee expects the third-placed Flyers to rise over the next five weeks, starting with Queensland Catholic at the state netball centre tonight.

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