For Blacktown Spartans’ Maja Markovski, 2021 has been a big year with plenty to be excited about.
After winning the W-League Championship with Melbourne Victory, the 19-year old made the move to Sydney to join the Blacktown Spartans to take part in the NPL New South Wales Women’s 2021 season.
“It’s been interesting making the switch from Melbourne to Sydney,” she explained.
“I think it’s a lot different in a lot of ways but I’m really enjoying it so far.
“The coach, Brad, he’s made it really easy to transition and made me feel really welcome and all the girls are great and even the whole club is a very family-oriented club, so yeah I love it.”
While the NSW Government’s stay-at-home restrictions have given her a break from the field, Markovski is remaining positive about the new environment she’s chosen for this season.
“The group chat is definitely buzzing every single day.
“Our coach sets us little challenges to do like running and juggling and that kind of keeps us active as well and we definitely all keep in touch.”
As to how she has been filling her time in lockdown, Markovski has been enjoying watching football and practising a new hobby that she picked up in the last lockdown.
“I’ve definitely been watching the Euros and I am playing the guitar as well and that takes up a bit of time.
“I picked it up last year in lockdown, so haven’t been playing long at all.”
Looking to football after lockdown, Markovski and her Spartans teammates have clear goals to work towards, and with seven goals to her name already this season, there is plenty of potential for the young gun to make her mark on the competition.
“As a team, I know that we’re definitely going to try to push for finals, we’re just a bit outside of that at the moment so we have a target of points to hit.
“Individually I just want to keep improving every single game and keep scoring goals.”
-By Madeline Riley