5 Results for month: 01/2015

UCFB partners with Netball Super League champions Manchester Thunder

UCFB, A World First in Higher Education teaching university degrees in the football and sports industries, and the Manchester Thunder, the Netball Superleague’s reigning champions, are delighted to announce a new partnership for the 2015 season.In a season-long deal that will see UCFB provide financial backing to the Thunder, UCFB will open up opportunities for students on its unique sports degrees to gain insight into the workings of an elite sports team.As part of the partnership agreement, UCFB students will undertake work experience through a variety of channels with the Thunder, including media, matchday, hospitality and camp placements. With several games live on Sky Sports this season, UCFB’s logo will also appear on the Thunder’s kit, with further branding at their home Thunderdome arena and VIP tickets to matches.Sara-Louise Hale, Head of Year 1 Sports Business at UCFB and former ... More

Thunder weather the Storm to win 55 vs 52

Thunder weathered the Storm and held off a late surge from their London rivals to win a thrilling Superleague season opener. All the talk pre-game had been about that last-second Thunder win in last season's final and this game did not disappoint.Surrey were outplayed for large spells of the game and had no answer to Thunder's fluid attacking play. But they kept their belief and clawed themselves back into contention, even after falling 10 goals behind.It was a tense start and it stayed on centre in the opening exchanges, with both sides failing to capitalise on turnovers. Thunder edged an early lead and built up some useful momentum.There were no signs of nerves from the defending champions as Aussie ANZ Championship import Chelsea Pitman, on her debut, lead the attack with aggression and skill. Her link up play with England shooter Housby flowed well and goal attack Kathryn Turner netted some solid long shots to keep the pressure on Surrey.Unfo... More

Kerry Almond Blog

Hey everyone!The new season is here. Finally!It feels like an absolute age since the grand final last April; since that game, thatturnover and that goal. The memory of that game and the celebrations that ensued - anyone remember Tracey's mad hatter dash onto the court? - will certainly be one that we will remember for a long time, but with a new season comes new games and outcomes, and we have to put that to the back of our mind. We've been lucky this season that we've only two personnel changes, one of the fewest in the superleague, and I certainly think that can only help us going into the season. The majorityof this squad has been playing together for a good number of years now, which shows in our combinations. Obviously, we are sad to lose Rach to Lightning but Chelsea has slotted in brilliantly, she's definitely the right fit for us in ... More

Manchester Thunder Ready to Retain Superleague Title

The Netball Superleague is just days away and reigning champions Manchester Thunder are ready to defend their crown.The Gorton-based side famously triumphed in last season’s final against favourites Surrey Storm in the most dramatic fashion.Young shooter Helen Housby netted the winning goal with seconds left on the clock, leaving Surrey staring at a stat to forget – three Superleague finals without a win.But Housby, who won a call-up to the England squad for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow as a result, is determined to remain grounded and is desperate for the new season to start. And it’s a baptism of fire. As Surrey travel to the Thunderdome on Monday. The 20-year-old Cumbrian said: “I still can’t believe what happened and how it ended with an England call up.“I think that goal will end up being the highlight of my career.“It’s been nice ... More

Thunder NPL Player’s Carter and Griffin selected for England U17‏

Two talented Thunder players have been selected to represent England U17 in the upcoming Netball Europe Championships.Leia Griffin and Amy Carter, both from Tameside Netball Club, got the nod after impressing during a selection weekend in Sheffield.Leia is a specialist shooter and can play both goal attack and goal shooter, while Amy is a wing defence or centre, they both feature in Manchester Thunder’s highly successful Netball Performance League squad. The girls will take their place in the England squad for the Netball Europe tournament in Hull from March 6-8.The competition has seen England dominant and they will be looking to retain the title they lifted on home soil in Worcester last time out. The England U17 Squad:Imogen Allison – Y&H & Yorkshire JetsAmy Carter – NW & Manchester ThunderCharlotte Curtis - South & Team SouthAshleigh ... More