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Natalie Rocuskie and Julia Breneman In My Words

Rocuskie, left, and Breneman

Here we are — it’s trickling down to the end of week three.

Cedar Cliff field hockey is heading into week four 5-0. This coming week we have three games and face some of our biggest competition: Cumberland Valley and Central Dauphin, and both teams are well known for their work ethic and high level of play. Regardless, our team is excited as these will be high level games and we are looking forward to the challenge. We now have the weekend to reflect and prepare to go into a tough week. We have the team dynamic all sorted out and it’s now time to iron out some minor problems.

One of the many strong suits of this team are the talent and flexibility of our players. We have a large group (10 seniors) with lots of skill, game experience and heart that it allow us to switch up our positions, while not throwing off any mojo we may have. Moving forward we will get to test out a couple ideas that we have to utilize our talents, but we are eager to see how this group of talented girls will perform.

There is always room for improvement for skills and conditioning, but we like to keep the momentum going with one tradition that dates back many years. One thing Cedar Cliff Field Hockey takes pride in is our hospitality when we host games at home. It’s as simple as cupcakes — yes, cupcakes! Legend has it, when field hockey first began it was custom that the hosting team would treat the visiting team as guest for tea and cakes. As time has evolved, tea and cakes are now a bit too formal, but cupcakes we can do. So, we take turns baking and decorating cupcakes for every visiting team to West Shore Stadium. It is something we do to remind ourselves and the teams we play that this more than a game, and as a field hockey community we are all together, playing for the love of the game. It also rewards the traveling team with a quick treat as they venture home.

Heading into this upcoming week we want to continue our tradition, iron out some technical problems, but mostly, just develop more as a team. We are ready and we hope you are too.

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