INTERVIEW – Senior women’s striker happy with standards

December 21, 2018

Senior women’s forward Maja Markovski has re-signed for Box Hill United for 2019, and said she is excited to continue the side’s good work into next season.

Markovski, 16, arrived at Wembley Park midway through 2018 from Heidelberg United and has reviewed her time with the club so far.

The highly-rated striker said, “It’s a very good standard, [both in] training and games. In training, everyone puts in [the effort] and it shows on the field as well, which makes it a lot easier.”

Markovski has earned rave reviews for her footwork and ability to score the occasional screamer from distance. But the young striker describes her best strength as “holding up the ball and bringing other players into the match”.

She came to prominence at Heidelberg, and reflected on her spell, “It’s been a really good learning experience – playing with players with a lot of experience, and learning off them. I started in the under-15s, and then worked my way up to the seniors.”

2017 was a standout year for Markovski, when she participated in the Victorian NTC Girls camp in Canberra and further received a Junior Matildas’ training call-up. She feels these experiences added significantly to her budding career, being able to pit her skills against girls her age from across the country.

 

And the key takeaway from these camps? “[The best lesson learnt was] to let your feet do the talking,” she said.

Markovski was part of the Victorian NTC team that also included her eventual Box Hill teammate – goalkeeper Alyssa Dall’Oste – who was crowned the 2018 NPLW Goalkeeper of the Year. Markovski said, “[It] makes me feel very secure [to have her as the team’s goalkeeper], because I know she’s always got our back. She’s pretty much unstoppable like a brick wall! Her work ethics in training and in games [make her stand out].”

The youngster from Caroline Springs also tasted international glory as part of the Foxtell All-Stars Kickin’ Koalas side that won their division in the 2014 U12s Disney Cup International in Florida.

On their way to a 5-1 victory over Mexican outfit Cordica, Markovski scored twice in the final showdown. She reminisced about the experience, “It was good to get [international] experience – being coached under Tim Cahill, learning about what it takes, and seeing other countries’ standards and how they play. Learning different styles and bringing them all together into my game [have helped].”

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