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Report: Early exit for Thunder at Fast 5 All-Stars

Thunder's star names couldn't prevent an early exit from the inaugural British Fast 5 All-Stars Championship at The O2 Arena on Saturday (23 September). Playing in front of some vocal Thunder fans at the London venue, as well as live on Sky Sports, the black and yellows led by coach Karen Greig couldn't convert opportunities into points in the new, shorter, faster format of the game. Former stars Helen Housby and Sara Bayman were the all-star picks for the tournament and returned to join the Thunder family for the occasion - but the team suffered two defeats in their opening two games to Loughborough Lightning and Severn Stars, meaning they were eliminated from the competition. Results Round 1 Manchester Thunder 31 -  42 Loughborough Lightning Round 2  Manchester Thunder  9 - 24 Severn Stars More

Preview: Fast 5 All-Stars

By Denise Evans A blend of youth and experience has always been the pathway to success for any Superleague Manchester Thunder squad. And the Fast5 All-Star Championship will be no different. With the return of former captain Sara Bayman from New Zealand and in stalwart defenders Kerry Almond and Emma Dovey, the Black and Yellows have maturity, thousands of hours of court time and loyalty. Then throw in energy, skill and tenacity from young England players Amy Clinton and Gabby Marshall, and you have yourself the ideal squad combination. The centre court will be an especially powerful force and is set to fit in perfectly with the Fast5 format as Sophie Morgan's pace, Dani Bloomfield's ability to drive the ball through from defence and Bea Skingsley's intelligence a real threat to the opposition. But it is in attack where Thunder will strike the blows, with Roses star Helen Housby rejoining the ranks alongside Thunder's Players' Player of the Season 2017, Kathryn ... More

Thunder face Lightning in opening round of Fast 5

Thunder will face Loughborough Lightning in round 1 of the British Fast 5 All-Stars Championship. The draw was made live on Sky Sports which will also feature all the matches at the event, at London's O2 Arena, from 5pm on Saturday. More

Superleague Trials

If you think you have what it takes to be part of Thunder's 2018 Superleague squad, we're holding trials on Tuesday 17th October at 8pm. Register now >> More

Thunder unveil Performance Pathway Coaching Team

It’s an exciting time for netball and for Manchester Thunder as we launch our new Performance Pathway Programme. We’re looking to find, inspire and develop the next generation of leading netballers for Thunder, the North West and England. To achieve this, we have put together what we are confident is an outstanding Performance Pathway Coaching Team to support and nurture these young athletes. They will be led by Performance Pathway Head Coach Sheonah Forbes under the guidance and direction of Director of Netball Karen Greig. Speaking about the team, Karen said: “I am delighted that so many talented coaches from across the region have put themselves forward to be part of our exciting new Performance Pathway Coaching Team. These coaches work with young talent week-in week-out so they know what to look for, how to develop players and support them to be the best they can. With so many young netballers applying to be part of our Pathway, and these brilliant coaches to ... More

Registration for U21 Trials now open

Registration for our Performance Pathway U21 Trials is now open. The trial will take place on Tuesday, 3rd October at Wright Robinson College. Closing date for registrations is Friday 22 September at 5pm. Book your place now >>         More

Sheonah Forbes named as Manchester Thunder Pathway Coach

We’re delighted to announce Sheonah Forbes as the new Manchester Thunder Pathway Coach. Forbes will take up the position full-time and will work alongside director of netball Karen Greig in developing and managing the pathway programme, identifying and nurturing players from across the north west and preparing players for the future on the domestic and international stage. The role will also see Forbes become head coach of the University of Manchester netball team. Forbes said: "I am very excited to take on this new role with Manchester Thunder, and ready to take on the challenge of developing the Thunder programme. "There is so much talent in the North West, and I can't wait to get stuck into developing the athletes in this region, as well as those at the University of Manchester. "Manchester Thunder is a very successful franchise, having just won both U17 and U19 titles. It is a privilege to be a part of this franchise and continue my coaching development." She... More

Performance Pathway Trials

Thank you to the hundreds of people who have signed up for our Performance Pathway Trials for the Youth Academy, U15, U17 and NPL U19. After opening on 24 July, registrations closed on 1 September. For those who have applied, you can still see information about the dates and times of trials online here >> If you have any questions about the Trials which are not answered by the pages above, please email trials@manchesterthunder.co.uk More

Thunder U17s & U19s win NPL Tournament 2017

Congratulations to our U17 and U19 squads who have won their respective competitions at England Netball's NPL Tournament 2017. The U17s beat Yorkshire Netball 32-23 in the final to take victory in the four-day competition. While, the U19s also beat Yorkshire Netball - this time by 51 points to 32. Congratulations to all our players, coaches and support staff on their brilliant achievements. More

Selected: Our U17 NPFL Squad

On Tuesday night (15 August), Thunder Director of Netball Karen Greig and the U17 NPFL Coaching Team had the tough task of finalising our NPFL squad. The 16 athletes in the long-list have shown great commitment and application which made selection extremely difficult. These are the players selected to the U17 NPFL tournament in Nottingham next week - congratulations to all involved: Elzabeth Cardwell – Blackpool NC Alex Johnson – Chester NC Laura Mallinder – Oldham NC Kasmine Narnor – Oldham NC Rachel Carter – Tameside NC Amelia Veevers – Chester NC Kelsie Taylor – Tameside NC Alicia Scholes – YWCA Bury NC Ellie Heyes – YWCA Bury NC Berri Neil – Oldham NC Alex Martin – Oldham NC Caitlin Sharkey – YWCA Bury NC RESERVES: Yasmin Roebuck + Emma Raynor See the full squad in detail here >> More