“I loved the sport as soon as I picked up a stick,” said Emma. “It’s always worked for me. Soccer, I never really felt that love for. Field hockey I’m passionate about.”
Delaney is just as passionate about soccer.
“It’s a great experience and we have a lot of fans,” Delaney said of playing with the Bad Dogs. “It’s just like we’re all a team, and we’re all together all the time.”
Although she has teammates she considers sisters on the pitch, Delaney knows Emma is ultimately the one she can always fall back on.
“We are really close, we do everything together,” Delaney said. “She’s like my best friend. I know it’s cheesy but we’re really, really close. It’s seriously going to be hard for me when she leaves.”
With Emma playing her final season in field hockey, the end of the Bartol rivalry may be in sight.
“I think it’s probably good for us,” said Emma. “I’m still going to come to games because I’ll have the time.”
With both Newburyport teams undefeated on the young season, both Bartol sisters are looking forward to a memorable year.
“I think we can do really well,” Emma said of the field hockey team. “Judging from (the 4-2 victory over North Reading last Thursday) and we can only get better.”
The Bad Dogs are always looking to dominate the CAL.
“Both teams are really good,” said Delaney. “Each team has always been really good and have always pushed each other.”
The Bartol sisters
Sport: Field hockey
Position: Outside back