By Zach Armstrong
PRINCE GEORGE, Va -- The Prince George Royals Varsity Field Hockey team has proven themselves to be a superb team in the 2021 season with a perfect record of 8-0 and only two more games remaining in the regular season.
Varsity field hockey coach Julia Ellison says that the biggest factors she believes have contributed to this season's success are the team’s dedication and hard work. The team has been playing together year-round for a long time which has resulted in great team chemistry.
“The girls are showing more confidence and creativity than ever before, they are applying what they have learned and practiced to game situations,” said Ellison. “They are driven and are always up for a challenge. The girls are always pushing each other to be better.”
The future is also looking bright for Royals Field Hockey. While this team has one senior who will be graduating, the rest of the current team will be back and ready to compete in the next season.
“The girls have been able to stay focused on their goals despite challenges of the pandemic. The love and support they have for each other,” said Ellison. “There have been a few challenges due to the pandemic restrictions, but we are so thankful to be able to play,”
The team was recognized in a Tumblr post by Prince George County Administrator Percy Ashcraft who said of the team that “This talented squad has been whipping up on opponents by large margins while flying under the media radar. Next time you read the Times Dispatch sports page, check out the field hockey scores. You will be surprised how good this team is and the potential to make a deep playoff run.”
In response to what she believes the probability is that this team wins their championship, Ellison believes that “we still have a lot of work to do to prepare for the postseason, but this team can accomplish great things. Anything is possible.”