Stockport Grammar hockey girls dominate regional squads

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The latest Greater Manchester hockey squads are dominated by players from Stockport Grammar after another outstanding year for hockey at the school. A further 15 have been selected for the north of England training squad and several others have received major representative honours.

Miss Sharon Withington, the teacher in charge of hockey, said:

It has been another truly outstanding year for hockey at the school with our teams having great success in our fixtures and tournaments.

The number of girls selected to represent their county this year is incredible. It is rare for a school to have more than one pupil in each age group selected but this year the girls dominate the squads. Furthermore, over 15 have been scouted and selected to attend the north of England training weekends and from there have made the full north squad.

Both Martha Watson and Lily Harrison also played in the HiPAC tournament, from which the England under-17s squad is selected, while Lara Knowles also attended an England under-16s trial, with the girls all hoping to follow in the footsteps of Old Stopfordian Kirsty Dawson who recently played for the England under-21s.

Special congratulations must also go to Amanda Bennison who has been inundated with offers of a hockey scholarship in the United States after visiting several universities. She has chosen a place at Indiana University which she will take up after completing her A-level examinations.

The full list of girls and the squads they have represented:

North training

U21s

  • Amanda Bennison
  • Phoebe Broome
  • Verity Lukes-Mooney
  • Emma Woodhead

U18s

  • Charlotte Bailey
  • Lily Harrison
  • Angharad Smith

U16s

  • Martha Watson
  • Sophie Hall
  • Lara Knowles

U14s

  • Maya Gordon
  • Holly Hunt
  • Ellen McPherson
  • Meghan Myers
  • Emily Spencer

Greater Manchester

U18s

  • Lara Acott
  • Charlotte Bailey
  • Amanda Bennison
  • Phoebe Broome
  • Lily Harrison
  • Verity Lukes Mooney
  • Angharad Smith
  • Emma Woodhead

U16s

  • Sophie Hall
  • Martha Watson

U14s

  • Holly Hunt
  • Ellen McPherson
  • Emily Spencer
  • Meghan Myers
  • Maya Gordon
  • Megan Smith

U13s

  • Francesca Bailey
  • Evie Barlow
  • Jessica Carroll
  • Sophie Cunningham
  • Georgina Dare
  • Rachel Fitzsimmons
  • Lauren Hunt
  • Lily Wolstenholme
  • Sarah Stretton

Cheshire

U16s

  • Lara Knowles (captain)

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