Four King’s stars joining the elite
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