School sport: Hockey side net North of England finals spot

Hill House School's hockey side have netted a place in the North of England finals. Pictured are the team which includes Eastoft's Morgan Everatt (far left) and goalkeeper Beatrice Holland in front.

Hill House School's hockey side have netted a place in the North of England finals. Pictured are the team which includes Eastoft's Morgan Everatt (far left) and goalkeeper Beatrice Holland in front.

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A hockey team, boasting several Isle-based players, have netted a historical place in the North of England finals and have hopes of making it into the national competition.

Hill House School’s under-13s side proved a formidable outfit with players including Eastoft’s Morgan Everatt leading the attack and Epworth’s Beatrice Holland, a South Yorkshire player, in goal.

Lining up against county champions from across the North, the girls began with a somewhat anxious 1-0 victory over Manchester champions Stockport Grammar School.

After a lacklustre first half against Cumbria’s Queen Katherine’s College, in which Holland made several key saves, Everatt took over with ruthless goalscoring which saw the girls score an impressive five times in just 10 minutes.

Bishop Heber School from Chester were defeated 3-1, with Everatt again on the scoresheet leaving a key match against Merchant Taylors Girls School from Liverpool, which the Doncaster-based school won 1-0.

Having already qualified for the North Finals, the last games saw an epic encounter with a very strong Arnold School - the Lancashire Champions.

Despite Everatt converting a penalty corner and hitting the post, the girls could not finish off their chances as they ended the competition as runners up having eventually lost 3-1.

Peter Shipston, the Auckley-based school’s master in charge of hockey, said: “To have qualified as among the best eight teams in the whole of the North of England is a fantastic achievement.

“We now look forward to an important day in Leeds in an attempt to make it to the National Finals.”