Homecoming Game Highlights

Photo: wickpics.org
Photo: wickpics.org

Every year, Greenwich Academy students look forward to Homecoming weekend. This year the festivities began on Monday, September 22, with the start of spirit week. Each grade came together and arrived to school decked out as princesses, Brunswick boys, minions, and rappers. Everyone kept up the enthusiasm throughout the week and showed their spirit on pajama day, green and gold day, and team day.

GA girls got excited for the weekend’s sporting events on Friday night at the bonfire. The bonfire is always a special event because it allows members of the Brunswick and GA communities to come together and show support for teams who have games on Saturday. This year’s bonfire was the first in several years (in past years, it has been cancelled because of rain), and there was a huge turnout at the King Street campus. From watching the firework show to running around the bonfire, it was overall a great night.

“It was really great to cheer on our peers at the bonfire, and it showed the strong bond between GA and Brunswick. As a senior, I was able to appreciate and enjoy the moment even more, said” Dani Jimenez, Group XII.

But the main events of the weekend were the games that took place on Saturday afternoon. Varsity field hockey and Varsity volleyball both played against Hotchkiss, one of GA’s biggest rivals.

The field hockey team lost 1-0 in overtime and the volleyball team lost 3-1.

“It was a really hard-fought game and both teams played extremely well. But it was a tough loss, especially playing them on homecoming weekend,” said Charlotte Gilliland, XII. “The game showed us what we need to work and what gaps need filling. We can use this loss to improve as a team and grow from this experience,” said Haley Carmichael, XII, one of the team’s senior co-captains.

Kennedy Woods, XII, a member of the Varsity Volleyball team, had similar sentiments.

“We knew that this game would be tough, but also that we were capable of beating them. But this year, our communication wasn’t as good on the court, and that was the moment when the game fell into Hotchkiss’s hands. We were down 2 games to 1, and couldn’t seem to overcome that position. But this loss motivated us to improve, because losing that game on homecoming weekend was tough. Now we want the New England title even more,” Woods said.

Although the games did not have the ending that the players would have liked, GA sports has already bounced back.

The following Monday, Varsity volleyball beat St. Lukes 3-1, and the following Wednesday, Varsity field hockey beat Taft 3-1.

Go, Gators!