DEFENDER Rosie Lawrence is enjoying an excellent season in the North Wales Women's League with high-flying Airbus FC Ladies and shared her views on her career and the way things are going with Dave Jones of the Daily Post.
When did you start playing and what attracted to the game?
I’ve always loved football, so I don’t really know what first attracted me to the game. I first started playing club football when I was 8. It all started when I saw a poster advertising a girls football club in my primary school so I went along with my best friend Abbie to my first training session.
What was the name of your first team and how good were they?
The first team I played for were called Mold Girls FC which later became Northop Hall Girls FC. If I am going to be honest We weren’t the best team around, I can remember there were times we got beat by double figures, but I think that benefited us as we just enjoyed playing football and as when we moved up age groups it taught us to be resilient and don’t give in even if things are not going your way.
What is our favourite position?
I would probably say centre back is my favoured position because it’s quite a tactical role, you can see the whole pitch from there, although this season I have been playing left or right back. I am really enjoying that because I get support the attack and make forward attacking runs from there.
What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?
I feel that one of my strengths are that I can use both feet, so I don’t really have a preference to what side of the field I play on, it’s all the same to me. Also heading the ball which helps as a defender if you can head the ball well. As for weaknesses, probably a little bit of pace and strength would always come in useful especially as I have just moved up to the ladies this year, these are both things I am constantly working on.
Describe the best goal you have ever scored?
I would say last season in my final year of under-16s football we were away at Llandudno. As I play in defence I don’t get many opportunities in front goal, but on the day and turned up and said to my team mates, I feel like scoring today. Everyone looked at me like I was crazy but sure enough about 10 minutes into the second half I went up for a corner, the ball came in and I hit it with my left foot and it ended up going in bottom right corner of the goal.
Best game you have ever played in?
Well it wasn’t really a single game it was a tournament in Newtown with the North East Wales team against all the other development teams across Wales. We got to play one of our games on the stadium pitch, playing football against some of the best players in the country; we also got free lunch so that was a bonus too. Our coach was Mari Edwards so it’s funny to think that she was my coach then and now I am playing alongside her at Airbus Ladies.
How do you feel the current season is going for Airbus?
I think it is going well. At the start of the season we lost a few games but since then we have been improving as a team winning most of our games so far. At the start of the season our goal was to finish in the top three teams in the league and that is where we are currently so I am happy with the team right now, however there's a long way to the end of the season with difficult games ahead of us so we have to keep training hard to keep our season going.
How are you finding the transition from girls to women’s football?
It’s a lot tougher than junior football. The pitches are bigger, the playing time is longer, the quality of football is better and it’s a lot more physical so in that respect it’s a lot more difficult than I imagined.
What honours have you won so far in football?
Growing up, I was never the best player on the field by any stretch of a mile but when I got to the under-14s age group something clicked with me I don’t really know what it was but I put in a season of good performances and as a team we won the league. At the end of the season I was awarded the manager's player of the season which was fantastic personal achievement.
What would you like to achieve as a footballer in the rest of your career?
Just to be the best player I can be, to be first choice to play in the first team every week and to enjoy every moment of playing.
Photos by Matt Jones