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Thunder win 2018 Mike Greenwood Trophy

Manchester Thunder won the Mike Greenwood Trophy for the first time since 2014 with an golden-goal win over benecosMavericks. The Black and Yellows won the final 31-29 to see-off Mavericks and take victory in the tournament created in honour of late former manager, Mike Greenwood. The pair made the final after coming through the round-robin stage, which also included Superleague sides Team Bath and Team Northumbria. Coaches took the opportunity to rotate their squads and blood youngsters, with a number of senior players absent at the Commonwealth Games, ahead of the Superleague's return next weekend. Fans were treated to a day of quality netball, which culminated in a thrilling final, which saw Thunder avenge their recent Superleague loss to Mavericks. The hosts had fallen 10 goals down at one stage in the game but were able to get back in touch after head coach Karen Greig made some changes. With the scores locked at full time, we headed into extra time, where ... More

REARRANGED MATCH – Manchester Thunder v Celtic Dragons

The postponed Manchester Thunder v Celtic Dragons game has now been rearranged for Monday 11th June at 7pm at Belle Vue Sports Village. All match tickets that were purchased for the original date will automatically be valid for the new date. If you didn't have a ticket but would like to join us for the game, you can buy tickets here >> However, if you are unable to attend the re-arranged date, you are entitled to a refund or an exchange to another Thunder game at Wright Robinson or Belle Vue: If your ticket was purchased online through Ticketline, please call 0161 813 2222 or email customerservices@ticketline.co.uk If your ticket or group ticket were purchased via Manchester Thunder, please email tickets@manchesterthunder.co.uk If you have any questions in the meantime, please also email tickets@manchesterthunder.co.uk More

The Mike Greenwood Trophy 2018

SATURDAY 14 APRIL 1pm – 6.30pm OLDHAM LEISURE CENTRE Middleton Road, Oldham OL9 6EJ Doors Open – 12.30pm Tournament Starts – 1pm Tournament Concludes – approx. 6.30pm Join Manchester Thunder, benecosMavericks, Team Bath and Team Northumbria for the perfect warm-up to the second half of the Superleague season with an amazing afternoon of netball in memory of an amazing man. This year’s Mike Greenwood Trophy, which takes place in Mike’s home town of Oldham, sees four Superleague teams battle it out over five hours across six rounds for a place in the final. Who will lift this year’s Trophy? Join us to find out! BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW >> (Season Ticket holders can join us for free at the event – just bring your season ticket on the day.) More

New time for Thunder v Wasps at Netball Manchester Live

The eagerly anticipated Superleague match at Manchester Arena between Manchester Thunder and Wasps Netball on Saturday, 2 June is moving to a new start time so it can be shown live on Sky Sports. The fixture, between two of the competition’s form teams of the season, will be part of this year’s exciting Netball Manchester Live. We wanted to have the best event for both our thousands of supporters in the Arena and those watching at home. That’s why we’ve been working with Sky to ensure the game is available to as many people as possible. The Superleague match will now begin at 2.15pm and will be followed by a chance to meet the players and exciting games you won’t want to miss. More details on those very soon. Doors at the Arena will open at 12.30pm – please arrive in plenty of time due to the security measures in place. More details on these are here - https://www.manchester-arena.com/your-visit/ If you have already bought tickets and can’t make the ... More

Thank you for supporting Pink Week

A huge thank you to everyone who supported Pink Week for Cancer Research UK at our game with benecosMavericks last Friday. You can still support their efforts by: Signing up for this year’s Race for Life events across the North West. Find out the dates of those near you at www.raceforlife.org Finding out more about the amazing work of Cancer Research UK and discover how your donations are spent at www.cancerresearchuk.org Photo Gallery: More

Sacrifices for Superleague – We speak to Joyce Mvula

Ahead of tomorrow's game with Mavericks, and as she's named in the Malawi Queens squad for the Commonwealth Games, Thunder's Denise Evans and Cassie Nunn-Price spoke to Joyce Mvula. It’s not often the UK is described as ‘heaven’. But for Malawian Manchester Thunder shooter Joyce Mvula, a move to a big city in Europe from her far less cosmopolitan beginnings in Africa, has brought her a life of privilege and experiences. It’s been a huge cultural – and personal - change for the 23-year-old, who left behind her young son and fiancé to play in the Superleague. Mvula said: “Some people in Malawi see that you’re in the UK and think that you’re in heaven. “I miss my family a lot but it’s a great achievement to be here.” The climate has also taken some getting used to, but Mvula is acutely aware that the positives far out-weigh the lack of sun. And Mvula clearly has the support of her loved ones back home, but even she may sometimes question ... More

POSTPONED – Manchester Thunder v Celtic Dragons

Adverse weather in Wales leads to Thunder v Celtic Dragons postponement.  Celtic Dragons have decided it would not be safe to travel to Manchester on Saturday in light of the weather warnings issued by the Met Office. The safety of all players and supporters is paramount and therefore, in consultation with England Netball, it has been agreed to postpone the Superleague match on Saturday at Belle Vue. While we are confident the match could have gone ahead from our side, it is clearly a decision for Celtic Dragons as to whether they can travel and we respect and understand their reasons for not wanting to. A rearranged date will be confirmed for later in the season through consultation with England Netball and Celtic Dragons. What happens now…? All match tickets that have already been purchased for this specific game will automatically be valid for the rearranged date and do not need to be exchanged. Match ticket purchasers who are unable to attend the re-arr... More

Three wins from three for Thunder as they beat Team Northumbria 53-46

Manchester Thunder left it late but it was a scintillating performance in the end to steal the victory from Team Northumbria by 53 points to 46. A dominant first quarter from Thunder gave them a convincing lead which they managed to hold throughout the match, despite dropping a gear in the second and third quarters. The noise escalated throughout the match at the Thunderdome as the crowd delighted in dazzling shots from Amy Clinton, Joyce Mvula and Kathryn Turner. In the end a standout performance from Caroline O’Hanlon and some jaw dropping interceptions from Captain Emma Dovey were the difference between the home side and the visitors. Despite an energetic opening quarter from Thunder the score was almost neck and neck by half time. The third quarter proved to be a close tie as the visitors ramped up the pressure but Thunder managed to run away with the match in the last ten minutes, effectively extinguishing any hope of a Northumbria come back. Clinton and ... More

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