The Girls Under 14 Hockey Team hosted Blundells School, from Devon, in a play-off match between the runners up of the North, and The West of England, to decide which school would play in the National Finals next month.
The girls started brightly, with probing play by Daisy Bennett and Isabel Kell, before a rash stick tackle brought a penalty stroke. Bennett stepped up nervelessly to convert the penalty, scoring in the bottom left hand corner.
Blundells’ strong midfield then began to dominate, and much of the rest of the first half saw Hill House defending resolutely, including superb sweeping by Eve Bishop, who had risen from her sick bed to play, and a number of inspirational saves by Grace Thomas.
The second half followed a similar a pattern, with Emma Tonge, Niamh Doody and Narin Cowell increasingly influential in defensive midfield, until a stunning breakaway run by Bennett was converted ruthlessly by captain Isobel Flanagan, to end the game 2-0.
The girls will now play in the last 8 of the country at the national finals, to be held at the end of February at the Lee Valley Hockey Stadium in London.