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U13 GIRLS HOCKEY WIN NORTH OF ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS

The U13 Girls Hockey team did Hill House proud by winning the Under 13 North of England Hockey Championships in Leeds.

Having progressed through the South Yorkshire and North West Finals, the team were drawn in a very competitive group at Leeds University. After falling behind to a breakaway goal against Wakefield Girls High School, the Hill House girls fought back for a 1-1 draw. With Daisy Bennett and Isabel Kell increasingly influential in midfield, two strong victories against Lancashire champions Kirkham Grammar School (2-0) and North Yorkshire champions Cundall Manor School (2-1) saw the girls win their group.

In a tense semi-final against Manchester High School, Hill House won 1-0, thanks to some excellent defence by Emma Tonge and Eve Bishop, setting up a final with Cheshire champions, the Grange School.

With the North of England title on the line, the Hill House girls were irrepressible, typified by the work-rate of centre forward Evie Sprenger, and in what had earlier been a very tight tournament, the girls stunned the watching crowd by recording a superb 5-0 victory.

Hill House now represent the North of England in the National Hockey Finals in London.

Head of Girls’ Games Katie Barnes was delighted with the success saying ‘We couldn’t be more proud of this group of girls; it’s great to see Hill House hockey now taking its place on the national stage!’

Scores:

Group Stage (winner)  
   
Wakefield Girls 1-1
Kirkham Grammar 2-0
Cundall Manor 2-1
   
Semi Final  
   
Manchester High School 1-0
   
Final  
   
Grange School 5-0