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Superleague Preview – Karen Greig’s 2018 Expectations

Manchester Thunder head coach Karen Greig has revealed her expectations for her squad in 2018. Greig is heading into her second season at the helm of the Black and Yellows and a 'top four finish' is the minimum requirement for the season, which begins on Saturday evening, away to Severn Stars in Worcester. "We always say we’re going for top four, we’ve got to come top four," said the former England shooter. "And as we said last year, we come top four and anything can happen once you get into those playoffs so that’ll be our aim again this year. Thunder finished third in 2017 - a feat that defied many pre-season predictions, due to an exodus of many senior players and head coach Dan Ryan. But Greig quietly got on with business, rebuilding her squad's personnel - and morale. Thunder made the finals weekend, losing out to eventual champions Wasps in the semi finals. They then beat Team Bath to third place. Thunder have two solid pre-season performances ... More

Match Report – Friendly : Dragons 36 – Thunder 63

Manchester Thunder looked in fine form in their 36-63 victory over Celtic Dragons at Deeside Leisure Centre. In front of a sell-out crowd of over 300 the black and yellows put out many combinations in their final pre-season run out with head coach Karen Greig trying to work out her best team. Thunder started well with a quick 3-0 lead and made Dragons work for every ball, the defence through mid-court was impressive. Dragons were restricted to scoring just four goals with Thunder on 11. Dragons came out breathing fire for the second quarter, giving Thunder a lot to think about as they started to move the ball more fluidly around the court. The changes affected Thunder and they uncharacteristically threw a lot of possession away. At the end of the quarter Dragons had pulled back to 12-16. The third quarter saw the introduction of Amy Clinton at goal shooter, it had an immediate impact and the attack combination of Caroline O’Hanlon, Liana Leota, Kathryn Turner and Clinton ... More

Four young Thunder stars in England U17 Squad

The England U17 squad for Netball Europe has been named - and a THIRD of the players are Thunder's young stars. Huge congratulations to Berri Neil, Millie Sanders, Alicia Scholes and Ella Standring. They'll be among the 12 representing the Roses at the tournament in Ireland in March. The England U17s completed a clean sweep of victories during the 2017 Netball Europe Championship and will be determined to retain their crown and lift the trophy. The squad will be led by Head Coach Victoria Burgess and Assistant Coach Jan Crabtree. Congratulations to all athletes selected into the England U17 squad for the 2018 Netball Europe Championship. Netball Europe U17 Championship Friday 2nd March: England v Northern Ireland, 4pm Saturday 3rd March: Wales v England, 4:30pm Sunday 4th March: Scotland v England, 9:30am Read more from England Netball >> More

Leading insurance broker joins the Thunder Family

One of the North West’s leading businesses is joining the Manchester Thunder family for the 2018 Superleague season. Stockport-based insurance broker C&C Insurance will be one of the team’s key partners for the new campaign providing financial and a range of other support to the Black and Yellows. The company, which was established in 1975, is a fully independent broker providing highly professional, personalised, competitive and bespoke cover for clients nationwide. It will have its logo on the team dress, receive VIP tickets to home matches and support Thunder’s efforts to develop talented young netballers from across the North West. Malcolm Cooke, Managing Director of C&C Insurance, welcomes the new sponsorship opportunity: “We are really proud to support such an ambitious and passionate Superleague team, who is committed to supporting the development of talented sportspeople across the region. “It’s always been important to us to support ... More

Book now for Thunder Camps this February

We are hosting two Thunder Camps this February - at Myerscough College near Preston and Wright Robinson College in Manchester. The Camps are an opportunity for young people, aged between 8 and 14, to receive coaching from our elite coaching team, a chance to challenge Thunder players and have plenty of fun. BOOK NOW: Myerscough College - Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 February Wright Robinson College - Wednesday 21 to Friday 23 February More

Match Report: Friendly – Thunder 77 – Team Northumbria 49

The match report for Thunder's friendly against Team Northumbria has been written by UCLan Sports Journalism student Cassie Nunn-Price. Manchester Thunder stormed to a convincing victory against Team Northumbria, beating the away team by 28 points in their first game of the pre-season. The first half was minor in comparison to the latter half, with Thunder taking their time to get into the game and letting Northumbria take a three-point lead early on. But in the final five minutes of the first Thunder became the dominant side and ended the quarter eight points ahead. In the second quarter changes where made, coach Karen Greig opted to change formation and put a young squad out. Mistakes in passing and gaps in defence cost Thunder chances in the second. Northumbria noticed the weaker side and took advantage, clawing back their eight-point deficit, ending the first half 32-30. Northumbria were back into contention. Greig spoke post-match about the second quarter, saying: ... More

Preview: Manchester Thunder v Team Northumbria Pre-Season Friendly

Manchester Thunder are back in action this Saturday as they countdown to the start of the 2018 Superleague season. The black and yellows takes on Team Northumbria in a pre-season friendly featuring all the new season’s squad for the first time. Thunder will be at The Thunderdome at Wright Robinson Sports College for their first outing of the year, and the first chance for the home crowd to see new Superleague signings Caroline O’Hanlon, Amy Carter and Ally Thomas. Head coach Karen Greig is keen to see her new squad in action and even set up a training match this week against a men’s team, to test the squad’s physicality. Greig commented: “It’s the first time I’ve had the whole squad available for a competitive match and I’m looking forward to trying combinations to see what works well, particularly in units. “I’m excited to see our new signings out on court and it will give us a really good marker ahead of the season.” Doors open at 2.30pm. ... More

Join our team – Match Day Co-ordinator

Manchester Thunder is looking for a competent volunteer match day co-ordinator to organise, manage and oversee home match days. We’re looking for someone who can project manage a largely voluntary organisation and who understands marketing and promotion techniques. We want to see enthusiastic candidates with fresh ideas and the organisational skills required to not leave anything about an event to chance. The role will, in the main involve, organisation prior to the event, overseeing the event and managing the match day team. It would be suitable for someone with event experience looking to gain more hands-on insight into the running of a major sporting event alongside an experienced team. Find out more and apply here >> More

Love Netball. Love Manchester. Love Netball Manchester Live.

It's back! Netball Manchester Live returns to Manchester Arena in 2018, for the third time. Manchester Thunder will take on defending Superleague champions Wasps on Saturday, June 2, which promises to be a pulsating match on the city's biggest stage. Organisers will be hoping for record crowds for the game, with Thunder planning to have 22 bees (the symbol of Manchester) printed on specially-designed dresses, to remember those who lost their lives in the Arena attack in May. Executive Member for Schools, Culture and Leisure, Councillor Luthfur Rahman, said: "We're really excited to be working with the Manchester Thunder again and wish them all the best for what will be a really competitive Netball Super League season. Hosting top-quality netball is a great addition to Manchester's world-class sporting offer and I hope that as many people as possible will support the team and be inspired to try the sport for themselves." The Black and Yellows have previously faced ... More

Thunder Day

Thank you to everyone who attended our first ever Thunder Day. Hundreds of people attended the event at Belle Vue which showcased our new Superleague squad, gave more information about our Performance Pathway and saw lots of fun competitions and activities take place throughout the day. Our exhibition game - Team Yellow v Team Pink - saw our new squad in action for the first time and there was a win for Team Yellow by 26 points to 23.   More