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Pre-Season Match Report: Thunder 63 – Strathclyde Sirens 49

Manchester Thunder recorded another impressive pre-season victory defeating Strathclyde Sirens 63-49. Despite a slow start Karen Greig’s side, edged ahead assisted by some flashes of brilliance from Kiwi wing attack Liana Leota. At the first break there were just two goals between the teams 16-14. In the second quarter, Greig rang the changes wanting to look at different combinations. Cardwell came on for Turner at goal attack, Laura Malcolm for Caroline O’Hanlon at centre and Paige Kindred replaced Rebekah Airey at goal defence. Clearly keen to impress Thunder’s new line up quickly motored through the gears and Sirens had no answer as they were beaten 20-9 in the quarter with the accumulative score 36-23. Another raft of changes in the second half saw Turner, O’Hanlon & Airey return with Malcolm moving to wing defence, and Cardwell to goal shooter. We also got to see the return of Maria McAndrew to the court for the first time since being part of the 2012 grand ... More

Pre-Season Match Report: Celtic Dragons 48 – Thunder 80

Thunder were emphatic in Deeside on Saturday (8 December) with a scintillating performance beating Celtic Dragons by 32 goals, 48-80. They started on fire taking an early 3-0 lead and you could quickly see Thunder meant business with fast fluid play between O’Hanlon, Leota and Turner. Their service to Eleanor Cardwell was second to none as they went into the first break leading 13-20. In the second quarter Amy Carter replaced O’Hanlon at centre and Airey came on for Kerry Almond at goal keeper. The flow of the game slowed a little as the teams looked to suss each other out and it became a little scrappy, but Thunder found another gear and Dragons became frustrated. The black and yellows went into the half time break extending their lead to 13 goals 13-26. If Dragons weren’t frustrated enough, coach Karen Greig brought on Joyce Mvula at goal shooter and O’Hanlon and Almond returned at centre and goal keeper respectively. The third quarter also saw youngster Elia ... More

Dan Ryan returns to Manchester Thunder

Dan Ryan is rejoining the Manchester Thunder coaching line-up for the 2019 Vitality Netball Superleague season. The Australian 34-year old was the team’s Director of Netball for the 2016 campaign where he took Thunder to the Grand Final. His success in the UK saw him being headhunted by Adelaide Thunderbirds in the Suncorp Super Netball league where he spent two seasons as Head Coach. He has now moved into international coaching recently becoming Head Coach of eighth-ranked Northern Ireland ahead of next year’s Netball World Cup in Liverpool. While based in the UK, Dan will work alongside Thunder’s Director of Netball Karen Greig as an Assistant Coach and will supplement the elite programme, offering workshops to coaches and players from across the North West. Dan Ryan said: “I’m so excited to be rejoining my Thunder family. I love this club and have so many fond memories from the 2016 season, so I can’t wait to reconnect with everyone again. “Karen has ... More

Thunder beat Lightning in pre-season clash

Manchester Thunder launched their new season with two convincing victories over the Knights Men 85-69 and Loughborough Lightning 64-52. The Knights Men, a team who regularly play a friendlies against Superleague and Premier League teams, offer a different dynamic of opposition and a good physical test. Thunder’s shooters Joyce Mvula and Eleanor Cardwell stood up to the test and alongside Kathryn Turner they kept the scoreboard ticking over at a good rate. Captain Emma Dovey had a particularly feisty contest in the defensive circle and led the way for Thunder’s first victory of the day. After the game the Thunder fans flocked onto the court for a meet and greet opportunity with the players, who signed everything from netballs to t-shirts while engaging with their loyal fans. Next in line were Loughborough Lightning, last season’s beaten finalists, but now with a new look team and former Thunder favourite Sara Bayman at the helm. Shooter Amy Clinton has also made ... More

Liana Leota returns to complete Thunder’s 2019 Superleague squad

Manchester Thunder have signed New Zealand star Liana Leota to complete their 10-strong 2019 squad. The centre-courter will play for the Black and Yellows for a fourth season, after first joining the club in 2015. The former Silver Fern, 33, has been instrumental in helping Thunder qualify for the play-offs in every one of her seasons with the club. Her performances have earned her a place on the Superleague All-Star VII team for the past two years. "I'm really excited about the season ahead," Leota said. "I think we've got an awesome team. "Stay tuned for a big ticket announcement next week." Manchester Thunder managing director Debbie Hallas said: "Liana was one of the first players we wanted to secure for next season, her play-making and breath-taking skills show she is one of the best wing attacks in the business. Not only that, her experience and leadership skills make her a vital member of the team. "We are looking forward to seeing what she can do ... More

Kerry Almond returns for 11th and final season

Experienced Manchester Thunder defender Kerry Almond will be back in Thunder colours in 2019 - for the final time. The goal keeper will hang up her Black and Yellow dress at the end of the season after more than a decade playing for the club at senior level. Almond has been the heartbeat of Thunder's defence throughout that time and has played a key role in both championship-winning seasons in 2012 and 2014. The 32-year-old, who is one of the most experienced players in the Superleague, said: "I'm going to be back for my 11th and final season in Thunder colours next season. "I'm looking forward to getting started, starting with the Fast5 All-Stars at the weekend. "Hope to see you all in 2019!" Debbie Hallas, Manchester Thunder managing director, said: "We are pleased have Kerry back for another season. "She is such an important member of our squad and her experience and knowledge is second to none. "We plan to make sure she goes out on a high, by winning ... More

Performance Pathway squads named for 2018/2019

After an intense period of trials, we are delighted to announce our Performance Pathway squads for the 2018/2019 season. You can see these here >> Performance Pathway Head Coach Laura Malcolm said: “We’ve finally finished our extremely competitive trials, whittling down 600 players to 150 and as you can imagine it hasn’t been easy. This is my first time being involved in the process and I’m extremely impressed with the standard in the region. In addition, I’m delighted to see so many young players hungry to become a part Manchester Thunder. "Selectors for all of our trials are made up of Thunder coaches, regional representatives and county representatives. Umpires included a mixture of volunteers, trainees and assessors. The trials were organised and run by the Thunder team managers, pathway coaches and volunteers. Although it’s at the forefront, it’s fair to say that our trials are bigger than just selecting players, they are an opportunity to support ... More

Jump for Joyce! Mvula back in Manchester

Manchester Thunder have secured Malawi shooter Joyce Mvula for the 2019 Superleague season. Mvula has committed to the Black and Yellows for a third season. The 24-year-old will be Thunder's import player for the campaign, after impressing in her first two seasons. Mvula, who won two awards at the Thunder 2018 Awards ceremony, including Players' Player of the Year, said: "I can't wait to come back to play in front of the best crowd in the Superleague. "This is going to be OUR season!" Debbie Hallas, Manchester Thunder managing director, said: "We are delighted Joyce will be playing for us again next season. "She really grew in confidence in 2018 and I can't wait to see what she can bring in 2019." More

Emma Dovey returns as Thunder Captain

Experienced Manchester Thunder defender Emma Dovey has signed up to play for the Black and Yellows in 2019. Dovey, 27, will lead Thunder in her third season as captain. The Lancashire-born player's form in recent Superleague seasons has earned her a call-up to the England Roses Fast5 World Series squad, with the tournament taking place in Australia at the end of the month. Dovey, who has played at Thunder for her whole senior career, took over the captaincy from Sara Bayman in 2016. She said: "I'm back again! I'm really looking forward to this season, my third as captain. "I'm looking forward to playing again with some of our old faces and hope to see you all down at Belle Vue, our new home arena." Manchester Thunder managing director Debbie Hallas said: "We were keen to get Emma back in the Thunder dress for next season as her experience and leadership is a vital component in making the squad gel together. "She's been loyal to Thunder for so long and I'm sure the ... More

Fast5 All-Stars Unveiled

Manchester Thunder have swooped for two big-name New Zealand players, signing Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit and Anna Thompson for their Fast5 All-Star squad. The duo will be Thunder's international All-Star players for the tournament, which takes place at the Copperbox on October 13. Southern Steel defender Selby-Rickit has plenty of experience in the format, having won the Fast5 World Series in 2012 with New Zealand. The 29-year-old joins Thunder on the back of a title-winning season with Steel in the ANZ Championship. Meanwhile, Thompson is set to be a real asset for the Black and Yellows as she is able to play in a number of attacking positions. She has competed in an impressive five Fast5 International Series for the Silver Ferns and has a decade of experience playing in the New Zealand domestic top-flight, playing a franchise-record 131 times for the Mainland Tactix. Manchester Thunder had coach Karen Grieg said: "I'm really excited to have both Anna and Te ... More