11 Results for year: 2014

England Thrash Wales 70 vs 25 in Liverpool

England thrashed Wales 70-25 to kick-off their home winter international series in style.The red and whites, who were playing Wales after original opponents Malawi pulled out due to Visa issues, dominated from the first centre pass.The Queens will play England in the remaining two Tests on Wednesday at London's Copperbox and Worcester Arena on Saturday. The Liverpool Echo Arena was treated to a defensive masterclass from England, led by Geva Mentor, who won her 100 international cap.The match also marked the return of shooter and captain Pamela Cookey, who missed this summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow due to a serious Achilles injury.England flashed into a four-goal lead within two minutes of the whistle and didn't look back. CLICK HERE for the full Match Report More

Manchester Thunder announce their squad for the 2015 season

Sara Bayman - Captain England centre courter Sara Bayman will once again captain the team, who are the reigning Netball Superleague champions.Overseas signing Chelsea Pitman, who signed a one year contract with the Black and Yellows in July, is the only new player to join the squad for next season. Versatile Pitman, who can play at goal attack, centre and wing attack, last played for West Coast Fever in the Trans-Tasman ANZ Championship.England shooter Helen Housby, who famously scored the last-gasp winner in the Superleague final against Surrey in April, will be joined in attack by Krista Enziano, Alice Travis, Kathryn Turner and Eleanor Cardwell. Cardwell completes a remarkable transition from defence to attack, and is an exciting prospect after showing composed shooting form in the pre-season friendly against Yorkshire Jets in October. Bayman, who played for England in this ... More

ITV Charity Netball raised a whopping £15,000 for Text Santa

Manchester Thunder have raised a whopping £15,000 for Text Santa following the ITV charity netball match.The second soap showdown between Coronation Street and Emmerdale brought together cast and crew members from each show.They were joined on court at the Thunderdome in Gorton by players from two Superleague teams, roses rivals Manchester Thunder (Corrie) and Yorkshire Jets (Emmerdale). Charley Webb's Emmerdale emerged victorious 18-22, after Corrie had won the inaugural match in 2013.   Alongside ticket sales, money was raised through an auction of signed dresses from each team, which raised over £1500.Brief highlights of this year's game will be shown on ITV3 tonight at 7.20pm in the Text Santa marathon show with Phillip Schofield. Schofield is attempting to present a live show for 24-hours, with the help of guest presenters, to raise money for the six charities Text ... More

Emmerdale take revenge in the Soap Showdown

Photos courtesy of Denis Oates Team Emmerdale got revenge over their soap rivals Team Corrie as they won the second ITV Text Santa charity netball match. Stars from both soaps battled it out on court in the trans-Pennine showdown but it was Charley Webb's Emmerdale side who clinched victory 18-22.Katy Cavanagh was once again captain of the Coronation Street team, taking to the court with cast-mates from the cobbles – Jane Danson, Tisha Merry, Brooke Vincent and Hayley Tamaddon.Charley, who plays Debbie Dingle on Emmerdale, lined up on court alongside Eden Taylor-Draper, Michelle Hardwick, Sammy Winward and Amy WalshThe cast, who played in cute custom-made netball dresses, were joined by crew from their respective soap and also players from Superleague teams Manchester Thunder (Corrie) and Yorkshire Jets (Emmerdale). England and Thunder players Sara Bayman and Helen Housby were two of the five Thunder ... More

Netball Superleague to ditch draws for 2015 season

It has been confirmed that Netball Superleague fixtures will be played to a finish next season, meaning that tied games will no longer be an option.This change in ruling fits in with the current international standard of playing matches to a conclusion and with several high profile stalemates last year, the added excitement and pressure will make for an even more thrilling season.If the scores are level at the end of sixty minutes we will head into a period of extra-time, consisting of two, seven minute halves. If the sides are still locked together, the game will continue until one team has moved ahead by two clear goals.In turn, Sky Sports have committed to a flexible schedule in all of their live broadcasts to make sure that fans are able to watch every single second as the drama unfolds. Performance Competitions Manager at England Netball, Anneli MacDonald has welcomed the new change: “With six draws last season, we felt it was important that these high pressure ... More

Brooke Vincent re-joins Coronation Street Netball Team

Brooke Vincent is the latest Coronation Street cast member to sign up for the second Soap Showdown charity match against Emmerdale.Brooke, who plays Sophie Webster on the cobbles, will line up with cast mates Katy Cavanagh, Tisha Merry, Jane Danson and Hayley Tamaddon for the match, in aid of Text Santa.Katy will again captain the team, which will be made up of a combination of cast, crew and Manchester Thunder Superleague players.Team Emmerdale's Charley Webb will skipper her team, with Michelle Hardwick and Eden Taylor-Draper also lacing up their trainers and pulling on their dress for a second time.Fellow cast-mates Sammy Winward and Amy Walsh will leave the Woolpack behind to join the Yorkshire team to make their netball debut. along with players from Superleague team Yorkshire Jets. The inaugural Soap Showdown match between Corrie and their soapland rivals took place in September 2013, when ... More

Match Report – Jets 35 vs Thunder 49

Despite a sluggish start, Thunder saw off their Yorkshire rivals in a pre-season friendly in Huddersfield.It was the first competitive outing against a Superleague team for Thunder since they were crowned champions back in April and their lack-of match sharpness was clear in the opening exchanges.Jets pounced on Thunder's hesitancy and could not have started with a more opposing intensity.With the home crowd cheering them on, Jets stretched to a 13-7 lead by the end of the first quarter. Coach Tracey Neville had some stern words for her players and rang the changes, with Gabby Marshall coming on at wing defence to replace Ellie Cardwell and Beth Cobden switched to wing attack .With Thunder still searching for passes that weren't there, Jets extended their lead further. Buoyed by influential player-of-the-match Natalie Haythornthwaite, the Jets were playing with flair and ... More

Thunder raises £1,000 for England Amputee Football Association

Manchester Thunder raises £1,000 for England Amputee Football Association in charity clash with Australia.A match between Manchester Thunder and the Australia Diamonds national side has raised £1,000.The funds were donated to the England Amputee Football Association (EAFA) following the match between the Commonwealth and World Champions and a Thunder Select team.EAFA supports the development of players and helps to create more footballing opportunities for amputees and those with limb affecting disabilities.The charity caters for various levels from development sessions and juniors right through to the EAFA league and cup competitions. All programs are funded by the players or EAFA’s fundraising efforts.  The event was organised in association with Manchester City Council.A spokesman from the EAFA said: “This extremely generous donation from Manchester Thunder Netball, and their suppor... More

Manchester Thunder to host third Mike Greenwood Trophy 

Manchester Thunder will welcome Superleague and national teams to the Thunderdome for the annual Mike Greenwood Trophy tournament.Thunder will compete against Celtic Dragons and Scotland with Superleague's Yorkshire Jets, Team Northumbria and Loughborough Lightning also taking part in the event on Saturday, November 29.The tournament - in its third year - was named in honour of Black and Yellows former coach Mike Greenwood, who passed away in 2011. Celtic Dragons and Scotland will be looking to get some court time following mixed performances at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The tournament also plays a vital part in their pre-season preparations for the the Superleague teams, ahead of the first round of fixtures in January.Thunder have triumphed in the previous two contests, which were also held at the Thunderdome in Gorton.Manchester Thunder managing director, Debbie Hallas, said: “It is always a ... More

Soap Showdown of 2014! - 22nd November 2014

Players have been confirmed for Coronation Street v Emmerdale Text Santa charity netball match. The cast members set to take the court for the second Soap Showdown match have been confirmed.Katy Cavanagh will once again captain the Corrie side, with Jane Danson and Tisha Merry also returning to the team. Hayley Tamaddon is a new addition to Team Coronation Street.Charley Webb will step up and skipper her team again, with Michelle Hardwick and Eden Taylor-Draper also pulling on the Emmerdale dress for the second time.  Players confirmed for Coronation Street v Emmerdale Text Santa charity netball matchThe cast members set to take the court for the second Soap Showdown match have been confirmed. Katy Cavanagh will once again captain the Corrie side, with Jane Danson and Tisha Merry also returning to the ... More