Four King’s stars join­ing the elite

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS -

AFAN­TAS­TIC four emerg­ing hockey stars from King’s Boys’ Di­vi­sion are pro­gress­ing through the na­tional elite train­ing pro­gramme.

All four young men have made it through to the Ju­nior Re­gional Per­for­mance Cen­tres (JRPC), the equiv­a­lent of North West re­gional squads, and are now hop­ing to be se­lected for the High Per­for­mance As­sess­ment Cen­tre (HIPAC), which is the equiv­a­lent of the for­mer North of Eng­land stan­dard.

In the fore­ground is Christian Har­rop, aged 15, from Hale, who is a vi­sion­ary play­maker with his fair share of guile and craft.

On the back row are: Charlie Toms, 14, from Poyn­ton, who is a year younger than max­i­mum age level, and is a tough, no-non­sense de­fender with the stick skills to set up clever counter-at­tacks.

Sean Neary, 14, from Goostrey, is a ruth­less cen­tre for­ward with the phys­i­cal speed and strength to score with telling strikes.

The awe­some four­some is com­pleted by Sam Buck­ing­ham, aged 14, from Mac­cles­field, who’s also a cen­tre for­ward.

With a deadly eye for goal and a mer­ci­less streak, Sam is also a year young for the age group.

King’s Boys’ hockey coach Steve Moores said: “Hockey is go­ing from strength to strength at King’s.

“The in­stal­la­tion of the new state-of-the-art, all­weather sur­face on the West­min­ster Road play­ing fields has seen a sig­nif­i­cant rise in stan­dard from both young men and women who can now hone their skills on an ab­so­lutely per­fect sur­face.”

●● Christian Har­rop (in the fore­ground) and Charlie Toms, Sean Neary and Sam Buck­ing­ham

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