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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

2018 Superleague – Coaching team announced

Gabrielle Towell will join Karen Greig as assistant and defensive coach for the 2018 Superleague season. Towell steps in as Sara Hale is unable to fully commit to coaching due to personal circumstances. However, Hale, who has completed three seasons as assistant coach and one as a player at Thunder, will work as a consultant coach in 2018, before rejoining the coaching team later in the season. Liana Leota will also offer additional consultancy support in the attacking areas of the team. Blackpool Senior Head Coach Towell is a former Thunder NPL coach and specialises in defence. She has also worked with Greig in the England Netball regional programme as her assistant. Greig said: "Gabby is a defensive specialist who is thorough in her approach and has great knowledge and understanding of the game. I like to work with coaches who challenge me and I can bounce ideas off and I trust that Gabby is the coach to do this with this season. Gabby knows what being a part of ... More

2018 Superleague Squad – Turner & Mvula reunite to lead Thunder’s attack

Kathryn Turner and Joyce Mvula will lead Manchester Thunder’s attack for the 2018 Superleague campaign. Turner was the league’s best goal attack last season and Mvula enjoyed a successful breakthrough year following her move from native Malawi. They will be joined in the shooting circle by Amy Clinton and new recruit Ally Thomas, who will be support for Turner at goal attack. Head coach Karen Greig has stayed true to Thunder’s ethos and values, by blending experience with youth when selecting her squad, especially with her shooters. Greig said: “I want to reward the players that did so well for us last season, some showed great progress throughout the season and are still desperate to learn and succeed. “We are a franchise known for developing our own youth and I want to continue to keep that tradition.” Greig, who goes into her second season as head coach, is looking for even more from import player Mvula, who she says ‘showed flashes of brilliance’ ... More

2018 Superleague Squad – Emma Dovey to lead experienced defence as Thunder Captain

Emma Dovey will lead an experienced Manchester Thunder defence in 2018. She will also captain the team for a second season in 2018. Dovey is joined once again by Kerry Almond, Dani Bloomfield and Bea Skingsley while Abby Tyrrell and Taylor Cullen will step up from the Performance squad to complete the defensive end. The 26-year-old is relishing a second season as skipper and believes her ‘daunting’ first season will make her a better leader in 2018. “Last year was a new experience and that can be quite daunting,” she said. “However, now I have a year of experience, I think I will be more confident, particularly as we have a similar team to last season and I know the girls a lot better.” Thunder’s defence is the real foundation of the squad, with Dovey taking to the court alongside Almond for over a decade. Their vast experience playing together is vital but Dovey concedes that bringing in new players is important for any team, too. She added: ... More

2018 Superleague Squad – Experienced centre court line-up announced

Liana Leota will return to Manchester Thunder for the 2018 Superleague campaign as part of an experienced centre court. The New Zealander goes into her third season in Manchester, and joins new signing Caroline O’Hanlon in the midcourt of the 2018 Thunder squad. Beccy Hoult, Sophie Morgan and Amy Carter complete the centre court line-up. Carter, who has climbed through the Thunder youth ranks, is a promising talent at centre and with Morgan and Hoult’s pace, Thunder have plenty of midcourt combination options. Northern Ireland star O’Hanlon, who moves to the Black and Yellows from Sirens, is eager to start training with the team, especially Leota. “Liana is going to be exciting to play with due to her experience but Thunder have real quality in every position,” the 33-year-old said. “Thunder have exciting young players coming through and it’s a nice balance. “They have had a really good calibre of players at centre in the past and I’m chuffed to ... More

2018 Superleague Squad – Thunder sign Northern Ireland international Caroline O’Hanlon

Manchester Thunder have signed Northern Ireland international Caroline O’Hanlon. The experienced centre comes into the squad after enjoying a strong Superleague season with Sirens. A qualified doctor, O’Hanlon joins the Black and Yellows following the departure of Gabriella Marshall to the BenecoMavericks. And the 33-year-old admits she could not pass up the opportunity to join one of Superleague’s most successful clubs. She said: “I’ve always admired Thunder and the tradition they’ve always had in the Superleague. “I had a really enjoyable season at Sirens but I wanted a new challenge. “Thunder have always done really well in terms of their coaching staff, with so many players moving away in the past few seasons and I admire how well they have done when they have lost players. “I really wanted to experience that and (head coach) Karen Greig is a big reason for me joining.” O’Hanlon hopes to play for her country in next spring’s Gold ... More

U21 coaching team selected

Manchester Thunder has selected the coaching team for the U21 squad. Suzy Ashworth will take the helm with Pamela Hazelton stepping in as her assistant. Ashworth is already an established coach at Thunder, especially in the youth ranks having previously achieved multiple titles with the U19 and U21 squads. She has worked as a support to Superleague coach Karen Greig, most recently at the Fast5 All-Stars competition last month. Ashworth said: "I'm really looking forward to working with the U21 squad again this year and I'm excited to be working with Pam. "There are so many talented athletes coming through the pathway and its great that there is a competition for our U21s. I’m ready to get going and getting back in the Black and Yellow." Hazelton is also an experienced coach and has won numerous national titles in a variety of age groups with Oldham Netball Club, where she runs the junior section. She also coaches the Oldham Premier Regional team where, working ... More

Squads completed for Performance Pathway 2017/2018

After closely contested trials in recent weeks, we are delighted to be able to name our complete squads for our Performance Pathway 2017/2018. 22-players have been named in the U17 and U19 squads while 17 are selected for the U21 squad. The standard in the U15 category was so high that we have named an additional 20-name U15 development squad to work alongside our 20-strong U15 squad. In addition, 41 players have been selected from the hundreds who trialled for our Youth Academy. Congratulations to everyone - those selected and those who just missed out - for brilliant efforts at all the trials. See all our Performance Pathway squads here >>  More

Superleague 2018 – Fixtures Announced

See the full fixture list >> Manchester Thunder have confirmed Netball Manchester Live will return to Manchester Arena next season, as the 2018 Superleague fixtures are revealed. Thunder face defending champions Wasps at the arena on Saturday, June 2, as netball makes a comeback to the venue for the first time since 2016. The Black and Yellows open their 2018 campaign away to Severn Stars on Saturday, February 1 They will then host Sirens for their first home game on Monday, February 19, which is also scheduled to be broadcast live on Sky Sports. This match is due to take place at Belle Vue Sports Village, Thunder’s new home venue for selected games in 2018, with the rest remaining at Wright Robinson Sports College. For the first time, the season will be split into two halves, with a five-week break for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Players will break off after the seventh-round fixture against benecoMavericks on Friday, March 16 and will not return ... More

U21 Squad Selected

After an intense trial, with huge potential from all who attended, we are delighted to announce our Thunder U21 squad. You can see it here >>             More