FEATURE: Kathryn Hill On Finding A Home At Durham

This season has already seen a number of players clock-up notable appearance milestones.

Long-serving duo Beth Hepple and Ellie Christon have hit notable milestones, as too has Emily Roberts – which speaks volumes about the core of the squad that the Wildcats have been able to retain over recent years.

And a big part of the side’s successes in recent years has been Kathryn Hill.

A 2017 arrival after a spell at Old Dominion University, Hill quickly established herself as a mainstay in the side.

So it comes as little surprise that she is the latest player to hit achieve 100 appearances for Durham.

The milestone came in the 6-0 win at Leeds United earlier this month, with Hill introduced as a late substitute to rapturous applause from the travelling support.

They realised the significance of the milestone – and so too does Hill.

“It feels like it’s gone really quickly!,” she said on hitting 100 games in blue.

“I’m really happy – obviously we got the win and we’re through to the next round, so that makes it even better.

“I can’t believe it’s 100 already, and hopefully there’s many more to come because I’ve really enjoyed it.”

There was, however, brief panic that the milestone wouldn’t be hit at Leeds – after a week in which Hill was well aware of her proximity to the appearance mark.

“I’d been joking all week that I was going to be part of the 100 club… then I thought I wasn’t going to get on!

“The players who have got there before are all good players and good people, and it’s nice to be among that.”

Hill has seen plenty over her 100 games in the North East, with Durham regularly competing for promotion since her arrival.

There have of course been some lows, but the highs have undoubtedly out-numbered them.

So which games stand out for Hill as the most memorable from her stint at Durham?

“I think all the games against the big teams.

“Chelsea obviously stands out, the Manchester United ones – especially the one when they were in our league.

“They were all big games with big crowds and I enjoyed those.”

While Hill has excelled on the field, so too has she found a settled life off it.

Having previously worked with club partners Vision for Education, Hill has now pursued a career in education and has very much made the North East her home.

And she was quick to pay tribute to the club and those involved behind the scenes for making that an easier process.

“I think this is when I give Lee Sanders a shout-out!,” she joked.

“Obviously I moved down here and had a lot going on, but I made a life down here.

“I got into education and teaching and now Durham feels like home.

“I love it here, I’m so happy to get 100 and hopefully there’s many more to come.”

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