Hill House hockey girls crowned northern champions and into national finals

l-r: Grace Thomas, Narin Cowell, Niamh Doody, Isobel Flanagan, Eve Bishop, Isabel Kell, Evie Sprenger, Daisy Bennett, Emma Tonge.
l-r: Grace Thomas, Narin Cowell, Niamh Doody, Isobel Flanagan, Eve Bishop, Isabel Kell, Evie Sprenger, Daisy Bennett, Emma Tonge.

Hill House School’s girls won the Under 13 North of England Hockey Championships in Leeds.

They ran out convincing 5-0 winners in the final against Cheshire champions the Grange School.

The Auckley school will now represent the north of England in the national hockey finals in London.

Head of girls’ games Katie Barnes said: “We couldn’t be more proud of this group of girls.

“It’s great to see a Doncaster school hockey now taking its place on the national stage.”

Having progressed through the South Yorkshire and North West finals, Hill House were drawn in a very competitive group at Leeds University and had to come from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Wakefield Girls High School.

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 Doncaster 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.

Typified by the work rate of centre forward Evie Sprenger, they then saved their best for last with a superb 5-0 victory in the final.