Alder girls grab glory

A HYDE high school is celebrating after its girls’ football team won the Greater Manchester Schools Games.

The Under-13s from Alder Community High School in Gee Cross were asked to represent Tameside after finishing top of the league in the borough.

But the winning streak did not stop there as they went all the way by seeing off the rest of the area’s best.

Alder saw off Manchester’s Wright Robinson in a thrilling penalty shoot-out in the semi-finals before taking on Stockport’s Priestnall School in the final.

And there was no problem in winning the trophy as the girls won 3-0.

Tilly Whibley, who also plays for Hattersley FC, was joined by Poppy Hadfield, Core-Leigh Butterworth, Lacey Billam, Sienna Birchall, Kayleigh Leak and Delphi Merriman, as well as goalkeeper Harriet Twinn.

Fiona Johnson, who accompanied the team, said “I’m really proud of the girls. It was a fantastic achievement as we didn’t expect to get to the final let alone win!

“It was a great team effort through the competition.”

It was not just in football that the girls from Alder, on Mottram Old Road, did themselves proud at the summer edition of the Greater Manchester Schools Games, which took place on Wednesday, June 26.

The U13s girls’ side scooped second place in the dodgeball competition, even though their team was somewhat weakened by the fact some members were playing in the football.

That meant some from their other team that plays in the Tameside competition were drafted into the side that won it.

The Alder team – made up of Connie Wilson, Jessica Laniga, Kathryn Axon, Elenya Arnaoutis, Keira-Leigh Casey, Leona Morrison and Grace Shaw – won its group, beating teams from Oldham, Salford and Bury.

However, it lost in the finals to Stockport Academy, a strong team with an England player.

Despite that, Jenny Hill from the school said: “We weren’t disappointed by this as the girls had surpassed their expectations.”

Alder had a third team in the Greater Manchester Schools Games as it U13 boys’ side came fifth in its dodgeball competition.

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