Known as one of the biggest personalities in the National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s competition, Marconi Stallions’ tough tackling defender Robbie Speranza has continued to push on with his healthy banter amidst the COVID-19 virus that has hit the globe.
Famous for his no nonsense defending along with his healthy ‘trash talk’ on the football pitch with the Stallions as well as promoting to his legion of Instagram followers ‘Taco Tuesdays’, amidst other forms of laughter, the proud new father of lovely daughter Liliana has continued on with keeping himself heavily occupied during these tough times.
“Being a physiotherapist, I am always in the gym working on weaknesses and personal goals.
“Other than that, plenty of Taco Tuesday sessions (laughs), and spending valuable time with my wife and new-born baby girl Liliana have been the norm for me.”
A physiotherapist by trade, Speranza has been able to trade as per normal but has missed his football fix.
“Fortunately working as a health practitioner, my profession has been deemed as an essential service, so my work in clinic hasn’t been affected too badly.
“I’m just missing my weekend NPL NSW Men’s football fix, getting to banter linesmen and young players as a sideline physio however.”
COVID-19 has affected many during this hard time, Speranza highlighted that keeping up with his normal day to day routine has been the toughest for him as has been the lack of no football.
“I think like most people it is very tough to change your routine, especially losing our beloved game.
“The release we get from football is incomparable, so to remove that factor from my life isn’t easy.
“My poor wife is now having to deal with my terrible banter daily, so I think she misses football too.”
With the closure of gyms along with the no training with clubs rule in full effect, the Stallions star has been fortunate that their Strength and Conditioning coach and former A-League and NPL player Brett Studman has kept him and the boys busy with a personal program.
“Brett has sent us thorough programs to follow to ensure we hit the ground running once the NPL NSW Men’s competition resumes.
“I personally am trying to maintain a high load, with a specific focus on injury prevention, in preparation for what may be a compressed schedule once we return.”
Asked what he missed most about the beautiful game Speranza replied.
“The thing I miss most is the changeroom banter which has developed a lot at Marconi this year.
“The winning culture is much more evident now, and even people like Nathan Millgate (the best aerial player in the world) are chirping up.
“There’s also nothing like that winning feeling with all your best mates.”
The message from Roberto to the NPL NSW Men’s football public about safety was simple.
“I think everyone alike is missing football, whether it be as a player, coach, spectator, or reporter.
“However, our health is most valuable, so as a collective, we need to unite as one and do whatever is necessary to combat this pandemic.
“And once it is over, I’m sure the stadiums will be exploding with people who have missed their football fix.”
Prior to the temporary shutdown of the competition, the Stallions were riding high with three wins from three matches.
With the unknown still settling in, one things for sure, Speranza and his teammates won’t be letting the downtime affect their vibe, then again, if you are looking for a pick me up, look no further to Robbie’s Instagram page @robbie.speranza
Check out Robbie in action with his little daughter Liliana promoting ‘Taco Tuesdays’.