Macarthur Rams’ lethal attacker Patty Charalambous has been a shining star in what has been a tough start to the newly rebooted National Premier Leagues NSW Women’s season for the proud club.
The 25-year-old has been on fire having scored five goals thus far in what has been a pretty competitive competition as 2019 Champions Sydney University SFC continues to lead the way currently leading the league ladder.
“It was unfortunate that the season was affected by COVID-19 but this shortened season has made this year’s NPL NSW Women’s competition a lot more exciting and intense I believe.
“We only play everyone once, so every team needs to win as many games as possible to have the best chance to be in the finals.
“I think a lot of teams feel the pressure and have the mentality that there is no room for error because there is simply not enough rounds.
“Overall, all clubs have recruited very well this season to be honest, there was a lot of movement with players going to new clubs and new players coming in.
“For us, we’ve tried to focus on our football, we go out giving 110 percent and demand three-points each week.
“Goal-wise, technically I’ve scored five goals so far as one of those goals is still pending because we still have to finish the second half of the NWS Koalas match that was called off due to poor weather.”
Round six will see the Rams taking on the talented Football NSW Institute side at Valentine Sports Park, a match the W-League star hopes her side can do their thing in claiming maximum points away from home.
“This Sunday’s match will be a good one as the Football NSW Institute side have always been a fast and nippy team throughout the years so we are looking forward to it.
“We know we need to be on our game as we will be facing some talented players but hopefully we can bring the three points back to Campbelltown.”
Proud of her Cypriot heritage, Charalambous’ love for the game commenced at a young age thanks to her father Nearchos who played first team football for Cypriot giants APOEL Nicosia.
Away from the game, the pint-sized Rams star runs her own business designing and creating her own Sports and Travel bags.
“When I’m not on the pitch playing or training I am concentrating on running my own business, HB1.
“It’s something that I’ve been working on over the past year or so now.
“HB1 kicked off early this year and is succeeding so far – I’m excited to see where it can go in the future.
“Our goal is to provide footballers with our bags to change the way they travel to and from matches and training.
“Throughout my career, one thing that we as footballers always receive are football bags, each a different size, style and design. Once I started to get older and playing at higher levels, the teams I played for were required to complete a recovery program after training and games. I found myself carrying a lot more things in my club bag and sometimes even carrying an extra bag because I wanted to keep my clean clothes out and away from my boot bag, that’s where I thought why don’t I just make my own bag?
“I jumped online and did some research to see what type of bags were out in the market and started to draw mock-ups on my laptop and designed and created my little own prototype out of cardboard and duct tape with rough measurements of what I wanted in an ultimate sports bag.
“With the help of my family, my eldest sister Sam and business partner, HB1’s first samples were created.
“We used samples in real situations at my training, games and getaways to find what was needed to be changed to make the bag better and it’s great to know things are looking positive.”
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