Sophie Lamberton

Western Pride recruit Sophie Lamberton was looking forward to playing her first game in her adopted home town when Brisbane Olympic visit Briggs Rd this Saturday – before the weather forced the game’s postponement.

The experienced Gladstone footballer relocated to Ipswich in the summer after her fiancé, police officer and former Knights player Alex Weatherby, was offered the opportunity to transfer home.

The move gave Lamberton the opportunity to test herself in the PlayStation® 4 NPL Queensland Women competition after blistering form in last season’s Gladstone Women’s League in which she scored 49 goals to win the championship with Meteors FC.

Lamberton said she was attracted to Pride by the family nature of the club off the pitch and the challenging football on it.

 “I trialled for Pride so that I could further develop my football and gain more experience playing in the NPLW,” Lamberton said. “

“The competition has incredible quality; the whole game structure is different and the pace of the game is so much quicker.”

The 26-year old was also swayed into joining Pride by the familiar face of coach Belinda Kitching.

“I met Belinda for the first time when I represented Gladstone playing against the Fraser rep side she coached,” Lamberton said.

“I had not heard of her being a Matilda until reading about it which then got me even more keen to join Pride.

“Her knowledge and national football experience is such a great asset to the team and club.”

Kitching has already thrown down a challenge to her most experienced player by moving Lamberton into an unfamiliar role.

“I have always been an attacking central midfielder, but I am enjoying this change to a new defensive position,” Lamberton said.

“My overall goal is to perform at my best and keep the consistency through every game.”

Lamberton’s has had an immediate introduction to the challenge of the PlayStation 4 NPLW with consecutive away defeats to 2016 league runners-up Souths United and a heavily strengthened Peninsula Power.

Lamberton remains bouyed Pride is on the right track despite the early season set-backs.

“There are so many new players this year including myself so we are still developing as a unit,” Lamberton said.

“There is a lot of individual talent in the team and I believe we are getting stronger and better each game we play.”

After twice playing away, Lamberton will have to wait to experience her first home game after Saturday’s game against local rivals Olympic was postponed after 200mm of rain fell in the area in recent days.

Lamberton was expecting an upturn in fortunes when their first home game came around.

“Playing at home is definitely an advantage which will benefit our performance,” Lamberton said.

“It will be great playing in front of all our home supporters.”

Words: Garry McKenzie
Photo Credit: Chris Simpson
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