15 Results for month: 03/2015

England v Trinidad & Tobago tickets on sale NOW!

England Netball is delighted to confirm that this summer’s World Cup preparations begin with a three-match home International Series against Trinidad & Tobago this May.The Netball World Cup begins in Sydney in August and the hard work for England’s stars begins as soon as the Netball Superleague draws to a close.Three matches have been scheduled with the opening encounter to take place on Wednesday 6th May at the Sports Training Village in Bath. Two days later the teams meet again at the Copper Box Arena in London and the Series is completed with a final clash at the Echo Arena, Liverpool on Monday 11th May.Tickets are on sale via Sky Tickets and the Echo Arena box office now!England home International SeriesEngland v Trinidad & Tobago – Wednesday 6th May, Sports Training Village, Bath, 7:15pm centre-passEngland v Trinidad & Tobago – Friday 8th May, Copper Box Arena, London, 5:30pm centre-passEngland v ... More

Manchester Thunder 57 v 56 Yorkshire Jets

Manchester Thunder clinched another heartbreaking last-gasp win over their Roses rivals Yorkshire Jets at the Thunderdome. Jets will leave Manchester wondering how they lost in the dying seconds for the second time in as many seasons in a match that was within their hands with four minutes to play. The visitors had a turnover advantage but a wonderful intercept from player-of-the-match Thunder keeper Kerry Almond produced scenes almost identical to those in that famous title-winning victory in 2014. And it was once again cool-as-you-like Helen Housby who was entrusted with netting a difficult chance on the buzzer to snatch a one-goal win for Thunder. From the very first whistle it was a fascinating contest in a full to the rafters Thunderdome. It was a match of unbearable tension between two great rivals that is always a highlight of the Superleague season. Thunder started cautiously and Jets pressed every Thunder pass from the outset. Krista Enziano was relishing her starting ... More

Match Preview – Manchester Thunder vs Yorkshire Jets

Manchester Thunder face the latest Battle of The Roses clash against Yorkshire Jets on Saturday. And it could be one of the best yet with Thunder aiming to protect their unbeaten run so far this season and Jets have an agenda of their own, as they bid to claim a Superleague semi-final spot. With so much riding on the match for both sides, a sell-out crowd and the cross-Pennine rivalry adding extra spice, tension will be high at the Thunderdome. Thunder will hope to improve on a poor performance last time out in the Superleague against Team Bath. They'll also need to address their indifferent display when they edged out Jets in Leeds in February. Black and Yellows centre-courter Beth Cobden, said: “In the last game against Jets we only won by three and “I'm sure they'll be up for it, they'll be after us and it is always a hard game against Jets. It'll be a tough one.” Jets visit the Thunderdome on the back of a loss to Surrey Storm and will be eager to get ... More

Gabby Marshall Blog

We are currently on a great run of wins and although Monday night’s performance against Team Bath was not one of our finest, I think it showed the winning mentality this group of girls has - not many teams would have been able to withstand that amount of pressure and still come away with the win. Immediately after the game the focus was shifted to the next one against Yorkshire Jets on Friday. After the clash against them in round four, we are all well aware of the threat they present and I have no doubt that Saturday’s game will be just as challenging. Although the Bath game was successful in terms of result, Tracey, Karen and Sara will I’m sure have been meticulous as ever looking at the footage and they will highlight several things for us to work on in training this week. We also have a birthday in the squad this week, Kathryn Turner is feeling 22 so let’s hope she brings a good cake for us to enjoy after training! On Tuesday, #thundersbigsecret was ... More

Match Report – Team Bath 37 vs Manchester Thunder 40

Manchester Thunder beat a spirited Team Bath to win a thriller in Somerset. Bath's hopes of securing a sixth Superleague title are all but over and they face an even harder battle to reach the semi finals, with nearest rivals Hertfordshire Mavericks six points ahead in fourth. But they will be encouraged after producing arguably their best performance of the season to restrict Thunder to just 40 goals in front of the Sky Sports cameras. Coach Tracey Neville fielded the same starting seven for the third game in a row, clearly reluctant to shake things up despite Thunder already safely in the semi-finals. Thunder did not start well and were second best to Bath, especially in the attacking third. The Black and Yellows needed to be more patient with their passing in the centre court, with rushed passes going astray and Bath were in no mood to let them go unpunished. England defenders Sam Cook and Stacey Francis were combining well and suffocated Thunder's attack.... More

Laura Malcolm Blog

Last weekend we had our Storm/ Mavericks double header! As both games were only days apart we decided to take a Thunder road trip! The weekend began with a top of the table clash against Storm. After a long hour of end to end play we managed to come out with the win. After such a big game everybody was happy to get to our apartments and get to bed.After a good sleep we started the day with some early morning pool recovery. We made a poor attempt to transfered our well developed vollyfoot skills (a game previously mentioned in Emma Dovey's blog) into a game of water volleyball. Unable to maintain our normal vollyfoot control and persion whilst in the water we had to call it quits on our new game. Once recovery was complete the day was ours. The group took this the opportunity to do some serious sightseeing. Most of the team visited the London Dungeons. During our visit Sara was locked up for torturing (we weren't ... More

Match Preview – Team Bath vs Manchester Thunder

Manchester Thunder travel to Team Bath in a bid to protect their unbeaten run in the Superleague.The Black and Yellows will be confident with coming away with a good result, following double victory over title rivals Surrey Storm and Hertfordshire Mavericks in London last weekend.It has been a roller-coaster week for the defending champions with the announcement that head coach Tracey Neville will leave to take the helm at England Netball at the end of the season.Neville will lead England for the World Cup in Sydney, taking over from Anna Mayes who was sacked after four years in charge. Neville, who won 81 caps for England and has coached Thunder since 2011, said: “Thunder is my only focus right now. “Bath is a live game on Sky Sports, which is an added pressure so we will need to be on the top of our game to come away with a good result.”... More

Tracey Neville named as Interim England Netball Head Coach

England Netball have made a sensational swoop for Manchester Thunder head coach Tracey Neville.Neville has been signed on a preliminary basis until after the World Cup in Sydney, and her current assistant at Thunder, Karen Greig is expected to follow her into the national set up. Neville, 37, and Greig, 35, will remain with the reigning Superleague champions until the end of the season, as the Black and Yellows bid to win a second consecutive title. It is both a massive boost and risk for England with the World Cup under five months away. Neville replaces Anna Mayes, who has been in the position since 2011. The move comes following a largely disappointing year for England Netball with the world's third-ranked side failing to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and they also lost a test Series in Jamaica during that time. Manchester Thunder director, Debbie Hallas, said: “We are pleased and proud that Tracey Neville has been appointed as the interim ... More

Five Thunder Players Selected for England U21 Long Squad

Manchester Thunder is delighted to announce that five of their players has been selected for the England U21 long squad, ahead of a tour to Australia in July. The focus for this age group is now the upcoming Netball Europe U21 Championships which is to be staged in Scotland this October.This will provide an early opportunity for the England U21 squad to come together as they start their journey to the 2017 World Youth Championships which will be held in Botswana. These athletes have been invited to take part in a training weekend at the start of April after which the final selection for the tour will take place. The team will head to Melbourne as guests of Netball Victoria with a proposed competition format including several talented local sides. This will provide an opportunity to experience playing against a different style and intensity of competition.SQUAD:Rebekah Airey – Loughborough Lightning / Manchester Thunder NPLTamikah Campbell - Loughborough Lightni... More

Hertfordshire Mavericks 43 vs Manchester Thunder 56‏‏

Thunder made hard work of their win over Hertfordshire Mavericks in round nine of the Superleague.They headed into the game on the back of a bruising win over Surrey Storm just two days earlier and despite not being at their best tonight, will be happy with taking six points home to Manchester.It was a steady first half for Thunder but they came up against one of the league's best defences in Layla Guscoth, Lindsay Keable and Naida Hutchinson.It wasn't a pretty start to the game, with the teams trading turnovers until, with over three minutes on the clock, Mavericks scored the first goal of the game.Thunder were playing far too many looping feeds into the shooters but despite coming within a whisker of an intercept on numerous occasions, Guscoth and Sam May failed to capitalise. Thunder scored three on the trot but May's early hard work paid off and she produced a lovely flying intercept, crashing into the advertising hoardings in the process.Mavericks had no ... More