THE exploits of Queen’s College hockey players Ben and Tom Stevenson have already made headlines in the County Gazette.

Both have represented England already – Ben is now in the Under-21 group, and Tom the Under-18s.

And on November 5 they go head-to-head, as Tom’s Exeter University side play Ben’s Bath Buccs.

But the rich seam of talent in the Stevenson family does not stop there, for 13-year-old Eleana is making waves too.

She has already burst into the Queen’s first team – which the school’s director of hockey, Simon Organ, describes as “a story in itself”.

Initially assigned to the Under-14s team in August, Organ moved her up to the first team to aid her development.

“We can make her better in the first team,” he said.

“She has the right skills to be successful at a higher level, and she has those aspirations, so we want to help her grow to be the player she can be.”

She is not hiding away out wide either, as she has been playing in the centre of defence for Queen’s.

Organ added: “She’s a smart, intelligent player with good decision-making.

“She’s not a player with party tricks, but has the solid basic skills which can see her be successful.”

And now Eleana is following her brothers’ footsteps by representing her country.

England only have official teams from Under-16 level upwards, but Eleana has been selected for the England Lions.

This is an Under-14 group, and although there are no U14 international tournaments, Eleana gaining a place in this development squad can only help her chances of selection in future.

“It’s an opportunity for her to train with a talented, ambitious group, being exposed to the next step,” says Organ.

Not that your surname has to be Stevenson to make an impact with Queen’s and England.

Eleana’s team-mate in the school’s girls’ 1st XI, Ayla Nethercott, is involved in a similar development programme, and at half term she was invited to an AASE (Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence) camp.

“All going well, this is another route into the England Under-18 programme, if selected,” said Organ.

And Naomi Wilde is currently training with the Wales Under-16 team.

Finally, former Queen’s student Tim Nurse – now at the University of Bath – won a silver medal with Great Britain Under-21s this month.

They reached the final of the Sultan of Johor Cup, but Australia took gold with a 2-0 win.

So, what are Queen’s doing right to produce all these players?

“My predecessor Ian Haley has the passion and dedication for the sport, which has rubbed off on the kids,” Organ said.

“My job is to maintain that, getting students excited about playing hockey, and hopefully we can unearth another diamond.”