15 Results for month: 02/2015

Beth Cobden Blog

It was great to get back onto court after a long break following our defeat of Surrey Storm. Our match against five times Superleague champions Team Bath was highly anticipated following our exciting semi-final match last season. In the match build up we had our fantastic player cards on sale for the first time and these went down a bomb, my hand is still aching, I’ve never signed so many autographs before.The match was full of everything, it was a physical contest, but we had a purple patch in the second quarter not allowing Team Bath to score for a ten minute period. This allowed us to take out a great lead in the match, plus it allowed most of the squad to gain valuable court time. It was great to get on court in front of a sell-out crowd, who roared us onto victory. We definitely have the loudest crowd in Superleague! Thunderbear had a new friend too, Kitty Katch, I can see romance brewing there! I ... More

Thunder clean up against Team Bath to take 2nd win of the 2015 NSL

Manchester Thunder surged to a convincing win over Team Bath at the Thunderdome, 51-32.It was a physical battle from the first to last whistle, with body contacts, flying elbows and crossed words between the sides. Thunder, buoyed by that opening win of the season against Surrey Storm, and Bath, who secured a good win of their own against Team Northumbria, were expected to contest a much closer game.The first quarter was a slow burner with early pressure from keeper Kerry Almond forcing a turnover that separated the sides in the opening exchanges. Then a feisty passage of play set the tone for the rest of the match, with possession changing hands in a frenetic five-minute period .Bath's England defender Stacey Francis had a a real job on her hands as she tried to contain an on-fire Chelsea Pitman who was burning her way through the court. The quarter finished 11-10.But it transpired that Thunder had lulled their opposition into a false sense ... More

Bayman reacts to news that Liverpool will host 2019 Netball World Cup

Manchester Thunder captain Sara Bayman says it is 'great' to have the Netball World Cup coming to the North West. The centre-courter, a senior member of the current England squad, was reacting to the announcement that Liverpool will host the 2019 tournament. The world's best netball teams will descend on the north west of England in that summer. Bayman, 30, said: “It is great for England but especially for the north west – to have the world cup on your doorstep is exciting. It is great to have that home advantage, too. The England players are excited that their friends and family will be able to come along and support them a lot easier, compared to going all the way out to Sydney.” Bayman expects this year's World Cup in Australia - if she makes the squad - to be her last, but she is looking forward to being involved in Liverpool, even if it is off-court. “It is more ... More

Sara Bayman Blog

Well what a way to start the season. A packed Thunderdome, live on Sky and a win against Storm to top it off. It was exciting to finally get on court and see exactly where we are at. Everyone looked sharp and hungry and we managed to gloss over the errors with tenacity and strong defence. Tracey however doesn’t really ‘do’ glossing over errors so the time between matches has been spent analyzing and attempting to fix some of the problems we had in the opening game. Ellie Cardwell should be back for the Bath match after suffering a slight injury the day before our Surrey game. I know the frustration of missing that has motivated her to get back as quickly as possible and I’m really excited to see what she can bring to our shooting circle this year. With her height, athleticism and aggression she will be a real handful for defenders.  After ... More

England Netball announced as host for 2019 Netball World Cup

England Netball and Liverpool are delighted to have been awarded the rights to host the 2019 Netball World Cup following an announcement from the International Netball Federation earlier today. The tournament will be staged at ACC Liverpool, a venue which has warmly welcomed England at international level on several occasions, the most famous of which saw the host nation lift their first ever major silverware following a World Netball Series victory in 2011. CEO of England Netball Joanna Adams, commented “We’re absolutely thrilled to have been awarded the right to stage the World Cup, the biggest competition in netball. With participation increasing in the sport, this will provide a welcome incentive to build upon our momentum and increase the visibility of netball in our country. This is a massive tribute to the wonderful army of volunteers who have helped us to grow the game in our country. Without their support we would never have been in a ... More