9 Results for month: 04/2019

Match Report: Manchester Thunder succumb to defeat thanks to a feisty Team Bath

It was a difficult night in Manchester for Thunder, who fell to defeat thanks to a gutsy Team Bath performance. Bath made it two out of two as they took their second victory of the season over Thunder.  Much like the first time the two sides met, it was a physical battle, as was to be expected with a spot in the top four and therefore the semi-finals up for grabs.  But it wasn't to be for Thunder who struggled to establish themselves as the game wore on. Thunder flew out of the blocks and it looked like they were well and truly up for this match up.  Immediately the physical battles began to emerge, Caroline O'Hanlon and England Rose Serena Guthrie at C, and Laura Malcolm showed signs of causing chaos at WD.  A couple of huge interceptions from her in the opening 15 minutes put the Thunder crowd in a good mood.  Along with some signature blocks and interventions from Kerry Almond, Thunder managed to draw out an early lead. The second quarter saw a much less ... More

Match Report: Manchester Thunder fall to defeat at the hands of Loughborough Lightning

It was always going to be a tough game for Manchester Thunder.  A convincing win in Saturday's match against London Pulse set the stage for a bumper weekend but, in the end, it wasn't meant to be for Thunder who fell just shy of victory against Loughborough Lightning. After yesterday's win over Pulse and a definite spot in the top four up for grabs, it was all to play for in this highly contested tie.  Lightning beat Thunder earlier on in the season and clearly came to Glasgow with a similar game plan, which saw off Thunder in the final quarter. The opening 15 minutes were tough for Thunder but an early turnover allowed them to take a lead.  Lightning took a few minutes to settle into the game but it soon became apparent that the game was going to be a feisty one.  Each side held the lead for what seemed like only seconds, before the other swooped in and stole the glory once again.  The turnovers were coming thick and fast, and so were the goals. Liana Leota ... More

Match Report: One down, one to go for Thunder who take their first big win in Glasgow

Manchester Thunder got back to winning ways as they stretched out a huge lead over London Pulse on the Big Easter Weekend in Glasgow to thrash them in their first match of the weekend. It's a case of 'more of the same' for Thunder who will be hoping to continue today's momentum into tomorrow's showdown with Loughborough Lightning. The first half saw Thunder take an early lead but it wasn't until the second half, and the final quarter in particular, when the Black and Yellows began to rack up the goals to increase that all important goal difference at the top of the table. Head Coach Karen Greig opted for a slightly different starting seven, admitting that it was a tactical decision in the hope of resting some legs ahead of tomorrow.  Starts for Rebekah Airey and Eleonar Cardwell showcased Thunder's strength in depth superbly and neither were afraid to show their worth.  Airey put in a sublime performance at GD, one which earned her Player of the Match. The ... More

Easter Weekend Preview: Thunder face double-whammy in Glasgow

The Easter Weekend is upon us, and with it, a feast of Netball.  Manchester Thunder travel to Glasgow at this pivotal point in the season to face London Pulse on Saturday and Loughborough Lightning on Sunday. Seven teams can still mathematically finish within the top four and grab a spot in the coveted semi-finals.  This weekend, all ten teams will be taking part in the weekend's festivities, either in Glasgow or Coventry.  Thunder still sit on top of the Vitality Superleague, despite a shock defeat to Severn Stars in their last outing.  This weekend's results will prove crucial in the race for the semi-finals, with Wasps hot on the Black and Yellows' tails. First up, it's top vs bottom in the form of London Pulse on Saturday.  Pulse have won just two of their games so far this season.  The first, a nail-biting win against Severn Stars at the Super 10 back in January.  The second, just a couple of weeks ago, a hard-fought victory over semi-final chasers Saracens ... More

Manchester Thunder take 2019 U19 NPL title

Our U19s have taken the NPL title after a near-perfect season. After narrowly missing out on lifting the trophy last year, Thunder won eight of their nine games and scored a league-high 528 goals in an impressive campaign to finish top of the table. They showed that they meant business from the off with two comprehensive wins – 32-69 vs. Team Bath and 38-57 vs. Severn Stars – on the opening weekend in December. Thunder then edged out defending champions London Pulse in a tense and nail-biting 53-52 victory before themselves being on the wrong side of a one-goal game, losing 47-48 to Loughborough Lightning. They quickly bounced back to though, recording a dominant 28-80 victory away to North East and then getting the better of both Wasps Netball (49-40) and Leeds Rhinos (37-63). The final eight fixtures of the competition were all played on Saturday 13th April in Birmingham as an exciting season came to a close. Thunder were crowned champions after wins ... More

Match Report: Thunder see Stars as they are beaten at home 47-50

Manchester Thunder wasted an opportunity to increase their lead at the top of the table after succumbing to a confident Severn Stars outfit 47-50. The day didn’t start as planned with a 20-minute delay due to the centre circle being 7cm out of place. The delay clearly affect Thunder as they were slow out of the blocks in a scrappy start to the game. Captain Emma Dovey led the way with a couple of driving intercepts urging her team forward. Thunder went into the first break two goals to the good, 13-11, but you could see they were clearly not firing on all cylinders. Into the second quarter and you could see glimpses of greatness from the black and yellows but a couple of offensive contact calls against Joyce Mvula seemed to rock their confidence and a gritty Stars team eagerly used the opportunity to nudge into the lead. Thunder were making a meal of it with several feeds way off target to Mvula, who was taken off and replaced by former Stars star Eleanor Cardwell. The ... More

Match Report: Manchester Thunder emerge victorious against Celtic Dragons in their second win in a week

Manchester Thunder managed to get all 12 players out on court for the second time in a week as they came out on top in Manchester against Celtic Dragons to maintain their top of the table position in the Vitality Superleague.  Today's match was in support of Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign, which aims to make sport for everyone. Impressive Thunder got off to a flying start as they managed to rack up an impressive 20 goals in the opening 15 minutes.  They were dominant in possession and successfully imposed themselves on Dragons, who currently sit 6th in the Superleague.  Thunder took a couple of early turnovers to get the ball rolling and managed to put ten goals on the scoreboard fairly quickly. Thunder looked dangerous on the break and at times showed immense pace, the combination of Liana Leota and Kathryn Turner showed promise early doors, topped off with some superb shooting from Joyce Mvula, Thunder looked ruthless. Prowess The second quarter ... More

Caroline O’Hanlon is March’s Vitality Player of the Month

We are delighted that Caroline O'Hanlon has been named the Vitality Player of the Month for March. Caroline said: "I’m surprised and honoured to receive this award. It reflects how well our team are doing to be acknowledged like this. I’m surrounded by great players at Manchester Thunder and just enjoying being part of this ambitious group. We will keep working hard for each other and improving, and hopefully we can finish the season where we are now, on top!" Karen Greig, Thunder's Director of Netball, added: “March was a really tough and busy month for us. With four games in 13 days it was tough for our squad to back up performances - Caroline really stood up and was solid for us in the middle and put out outstanding back-to-back performances, she really deserves this accolade.” More

Match Report: Manchester Thunder overcome Strathcyde Sirens in comfortable victory

A solid performance from Manchester Thunder who now sit back on top of the Vitality Superleague after beating Strathclyde Sirens in Glasgow. Impressive Thunder got off to a flying start and it was clear from the outset that it was going to be a tough ask for Glasgow-based Strathclyde Sirens to overcome the Black and Yellows. Thunder established an early lead and managed to stretch it to ten goals at one point in the first quarter with star shooter Joyce Mvula shooting at 100%, bagging herself an impressive 14 of the 19 goals scored in the opening 15 minutes. Sirens struggled to find their form and some poor shooting left ample opportunity for defenders Emma Dovey and Kerry Almond to punish their mistakes.  Thunder lacked pace at times but they had no problems in sending the ball to the other end of court, Mvula and Kathryn Turner only too happy to reward the efforts. Opportunity Thunder finished the first quarter nine goals to the good, an early lead which ... More