North­ern call up for Abi­gail

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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

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