Senior has been a 4-year impact player for Royals Field Hockey
PRINCE GEORGE - Four amazing seasons for Prince George Field Hockey...
...and Georgia Adair has been part of every single one of them.
While she’s never been alone in making an impact in the highly team-centric Royals Field Hockey program, Adair has been a key contributor since her freshman year, helping Prince George win back-to-back Conference 12 championships in 2015 and 2016 and qualify for back-to-back state tournaments in 2016 and 2017. Now a senior, Adair has helped lead yet another stacked Royals team to a 11-2 regular season with a 2-1 home finale win over Maggie Walker Governor’s School.
As a freshman and sophomore, Adair served as one of the Royals’ principal scorers, but as she’s grown and developed as a player, she’s found that she is more of a passing player, looking for options and trying to get the ball upfield “rather than bulldozing it into the circle and potentially getting a foul.”
“And I think that a passing team is a better team,” Adair said, “because it’s way easier to get up the line, up the field without getting tired.”
And that’s not to say Adair won’t find the goal if the opportunity presents itself. She recently scored from the top of the circle off of senior teammate Abby Jones’ assist in the Royals’ first thrilling 1-0 win over Matoaca this season, and she also factored into her team’s one regulation goal and added a tally in shootouts in the Royals’ extremely competitive 2-1 loss to Atlee.
Adair has been a principal mover in getting the ball across midfield and into scoring position, and she has showcased her mastery of the air-dribble in game time situations throughout these past two seasons.
Adair has spoken highly of the team bond that the Royals Field Hockey players share and how that has led to their success over the years.
She and her best friend and teammate Abby Jones are both hoping to attend Longwood.
Adair talked about how she started playing field hockey, her team’s bond and her favorite memories and activities.
FIRST DOWN: What got you into field hockey?
Adair: My friend Claire [Tyson], from last year, she was playing, and my mom tried to get me to play with her, and I was like, ‘No, I really like to play soccer!’ And then one year, in fifth grade, all of us - all the people I play with now that are seniors except for Kyla [Nase], we all started the same time. We were all in the same grade, same school - so we all talked, and our parents were like, ‘Let’s get you into field hockey,’ so we all started with Richard [Johnson] as our coach - he’s always been our coach up until JV - so we all just decided to play together, and we all liked it ever since...we all just played together up through the years...
SECOND DOWN: Throughout the years, what’s made the teams you played on, the teammates you’ve played with, all special and all great at what you guys have done?
Adair: I think that we all have always come together as a family, and we know we can’t do it our own, so we are not gonna try to do it on our own. We’ve gotta work together...We always did stuff outside of school. Every year we’ve done like a team tye-dye...and we would go to Swaders and sweetFrog and Chick-fil-A and we would just eat together, and I think that’s a big part. And the big teams like Deep Run, we’ll ride the bus back together so we can be together as a team and family. I think that’s really how we come together, and we’ve always been friends throughout the years. Even with other girls that we didn’t know until we played field hockey, they came in together so they kind of just merged. It’s not like anyone’s separated.
THIRD DOWN: Do you guys have any pre-game rituals or activities whether as an individual or as a team?
Adair: We listen to music (chuckles) on the bus the whole time and we just kind of go all out in singing and everything...and then we also - not always, but a lot of times - we like to sing ‘Pitch Perfect’ and be all a cappella.
FOURTH DOWN: What are some of your favorite memories from your field hockey seasons to date?
Adair: My favorite memory...beating Deep Run (laughs) because when is that not your favorite? And both times we went to states. Even though we lost first round, going to states...it was a big deal for us. The first year, we went down for the day before, we practiced on the turf...that was just so fun. And when we went down there, we had a scavenger hunt in Dick’s [Sporting Goods]...it was really fun just because [it was] a team-bonding thing.
TURNOVER ON DOWNS TO YOU: Do you have any favorite hobbies or activities outside of field hockey?
Adair: I really like to play soccer, which is with a whole different group of girls - like I’m the only one who plays field hockey - but that’s about it...I focus a lot on school and then a lot on field hockey and soccer, but outside when we’re not really doing anything, I participate a lot in school spirit, and then after school when we don’t have sports going on, a lot of us, we like to go out together...it’s not like a...mandatory team thing. We just like to go hang out together over the weekends or have like a sleepover or like a movie night.
By Nick Vandeloecht, Sports Editor