This is a video of Natasha's training partner (Tim Caroutas) scoring a goal against FC Barcelona U19A on the weekend for a 1-1 result. Tim came to live with us as a 12yo because he was given an opportunity to play in Spain but his family could not make the change. We refer to him as a step-brother or step-son because he has become part of our family. These two have trained with each other nearly every day for about 5 years and they follow each other closely. Two outstanding young football talents.
After months of dealing with the craziness of our current world, Natasha finally got to train with her new team. Although she was rusty she got a really good feeling and thinks that she will adapt alot more quickly to everything then she did in the Netherlands. She was happy with her first session and is extremely glad to be able to get into the daily routine of training and playing.
Natasha continues with her longest pre-season ever as she navigates the process of getting flights to Adelaide and all the rig moral that goes with it now she hammered out an INCREDIBLE new Personal Best on her Single Leg Partial Squat. She easily belted out 3 repetitions at her previous 180kg on each leg before nailing 200kg for one rep. In fact the weight was so heavy that we could not fit all the weight onto the bar so we had to tie the extra weights onto the bar.
Cathrine Paquette of https://thewomensgame.com has written a great article on the new recruits for Adelaide United including Natasha. Natasha is soooooo pumped and is busting to get to Adelaide and begin training with her new team. This has been the longest pre-season ever for her and she is just keen to get playing. The current Covid restrictions are making things challenging but she is working hard to get to Adelaide asap.
Natasha continues to work hard towards her goal of reducing her 20m sprint to under 3.0s. She can consistently run the 20m in 3.30s but desperately wants to get it alot faster. Today she continued her longest pre-season ever while awaiting the time to go to Adelaide running a very nice 3.18s for the 20m. This is on the back of a 3.10s last week. Still plenty of work to do but positive progress.
Its official!!!! Natasha will be returning to play football in her home country after 11 years of learning and plying her craft in Europe. Following a stunning season in the Netherlands Natasha decided she wanted to try her skills playing in Spain, however while going through the process of finding a Spanish club she was asked if she would be interested in playing for Adelaide United FC in Australia. The answer was an immediate yes and all the details were organized very quickly. Knowing the effort and resources Adelaide United FC have committed to their women's team both on and off the field in recent years along with their competitive performance last season and the opportunity for Natasha to return home to test her European football skills in the A-League Women was the perfect opportunity for Natasha. She is pumped and is super excited to get started.
Well this off-season has presented the usual challenges but moreso off the field then on the field as Natasha searched for the best opportunity for the coming season to progress her football. After having a great season with VV Alkmaar in her first season as a full-time professional footballer and influencing game results like we rarely see Natasha was looking for a club that would allow her, or even help her develop her game further and where she could help the team challenge for trophies. While she had plenty of interest and many good offers there wasn't any opportunities that totally fulfilled what she was looking for. Then out of nowhere came an offer that was PERFECT!!!! More details soon.
Natasha pushes out a big personal best in the benchpress as she builds into her pre-season. Natasha's previous personal best in the partial benchpress was 55kg and today she blasted out a huge new personal best at 3 reps at 65kg. Nice work.