The slick sticks from King’s have already won both the Cheshire County and North West finals of the National Schools’ Hockey Tier 2 event.

Captained by emerging Cheshire County player Grace Taylor, the King’s School hosted the North West finals on their new all-weather surfaces at their Prestbury campus.

After cruising past Cowley, drawing with King William's College from the Isle of Man and beating Queen Elizabeth from Kirkby Lonsdale in the semi-final, they faced Withington in another tense encounter. They didn't blink, winning 1 - 0 with the crucial goal courtesy of a bullet from Grace Taylor to convert a pinpoint short corner from Tilly Collins.

Taylor is a stylish midfield playmaker, highly skillful and intelligent, who is superbly complemented by fellow Cheshire player Tilly Collins at the heart of the team. Aaliyah Hammad and Lola Bianchi supply high speed and creativity with Great Manchester defender Beth Williams a resilient and talented defender.

More Cheshire County honours have gone to Emmie Hobbs and Emily Case, but as Coach Jennifer Dunn said: "It's a superb squad drawn from Year 8 as well as Year 9 giving King's Hockey a wonderful pool of talent."

 “We will encourage the pupils to play competitive and tough hockey at the National Finals. Whatever the outcome , I am sure they will leave everything on the pitch.”