Northern call up for Abigail
KING’S School hockey captain Abigail Johnston has been selected for the North of England under 21 hockey squad.
The 17-year-old all round athlete doubles as both a tactical playmaker and clinical finisher for the Macclesfield school, but is more likely to settle in to one position for the North and ultimately England teams.
Abigail Johnston, 17, from Biddulph Moor started playing hockey aged 11 in her first year at King’s Girls’ Division and only last year joined a club when she was approached by National League side Bowdon Hightown, one of the top teams in the country.
She has also played some mixed hockey but said: “It’s all a bit aggressive, the men seem to play on a different physical level.”
Abigail, who is studying Geography, Psychology, Biology and Physical Education, in the King’s Sixth Form eventually wants to join the Police as a dog handler, but her twin ambition is to play hockey for England.
A netball player, horse rider and polo player, Abigail loves all sports but said: “Hockey is my dream sport, I love the challenge every time I cross the white line.”
Abigail added: “It’s out of season now which is why I am really pleased I can continue my development both with the Cheshire under 21 and North of England under 21 squads.”
Her first game for the North comes against a Welsh side in Wrexham in two weeks time.
Abigail added: “I can’t wait to play and see what the standard is like and what I have to do to make an impact.”
●● King’s hockey captain Abigail Johnston