16 Results for month: 04/2015

Manchester Thunder finish Third in Netball Superleague 2015

Manchester Thunder powered to victory over Yorkshire Jets to secure third place in the netball Superleague.The sides traded blows for the majority of the game but Thunder were too strong for Jets in the final quarter, and made sure of the biggest win of the season over their Rose Rivals, taking it 55- 49.Thunder had come into this play-off a wounded beast, after seeing their hopes of retaining their Superleague title ripped to shreds following a loss to Hertfordshire Mavericks seven days earlier. And to beat their derby rivals in front of a sold-out Copperbox showed guts and was a testament to the character and spirit in what is actually Superleague's youngest squad.Thunder head coach Tracey Neville, who will now shift her attentions to her new role as England interim boss for this summer's Netball World Cup, said: “We came off a loss last week and corrected it today. “I'm not sure any other team could have done that like we did against Jets. We've won 15 ... More

Manchester Thunder face Yorkshire Jets in Superleague third place play-off!

Manchester Thunder travel to London's Copperbox tomorrow for their last game of the season. The Black and Yellows face Yorkshire Jets in the third-place play-off after they were beaten by Hertfordshire Mavericks at the semi final stage, missing out on a final rematch against Surrey Storm. The semi final was disappointing performance from the team that had gone through the regular season undefeated. Mavericks will be bidding for their third Superleague win, while Surrey Storm are bidding to win the title at the fourth attempt. Thunder will want to put that right and end the season on the best high they can, by securing victory over their fierce Roses Rivals. Traditionally, matches between Thunder and Anna Carter’s Jets are intense encounters and captain Sara Bayman expects no less when the teams meet again this weekend. Jets have never made the semi-final stage of the Superleague season, so a third-place finish would be their highest ever in the league’s ... More

Thunder suffer shock defeat in Semi-Final Showdown

Manchester Thunder slumped to a devastating loss to Hertfordshire Mavericks in the Superleague semi final. The defending champions, who had gone through the regular season unbeaten, had no answer to Mavericks’ power and speed. It was not the fairytale ending for the club or the record-breaking 4,100-strong crowd at the Manchester Arena, which was the highest ever for a domestic netball match in the north. They must now travel to London’s Copperbox to fight it out for third place Roses Rivals Yorkshire Jets on Saturday. Mavericks will meet Surrey Storm in a rematch of record-breaking London Live event at Olympic Park, after they saw off Jets 76-60 in the other semi final. A desolate Thunder captain Sara Bayman said post-match: “To go unbeaten through the season and lose the game that matters is pretty soul destroying but we didn’t play well enough. We can’t turn round and say Mavericks didn&am... More

Manchester Thunder to take Semi-final to Manchester Arena

Manchester Thunder are to play their Superleague semi final at the Manchester Arena. The reigning champions have secured the city's 21,000-capacity venue to play their home last-four tie. Their opponent for the April 18 match is yet to be confirmed. A curtain raiser netball match will take place at 4.30pm prior to the main event, with the first centre pass at 6.10pm, which will be screened live on Sky Sports. It is a huge coup for the Black and Yellows and English netball as it follows the success of Netball London Live, which saw just over 6,000 netball fans descend on the Copperbox in Olympic Park to watch Surrey Storm beat Hertfordshire Mavericks. Debbie Hallas, Manchester Thunder director, said: “This is huge for Manchester Thunder and women's sport, not just in the city but the whole country. “We want it to be as big if not bigger than Netball London Live and it is the perfect opportunity to get people interested in our sport. “We have ... More

Neville hails “very special moment” as netball moves to Manchester Arena

Photo: Ben Blackall Manchester Thunder coach Tracey Neville is urging all of the North West to get behind her team and the sport of netball when Thunder takes on Hertfordshire Mavericks this Saturday at the iconic Manchester Arena.“This is a very special moment,” Neville told a press conference on Monday. “I know that everyone will try and make this great in the North West. We are a region that gets behind every sporting event, every player and every coach. This won’t be just a netball event. I really think that this will be a North West event and a Manchester event and that people will get behind Manchester Thunder. I do think when those crowds come, we’ll obviously get people who come all the time but we’ll also get some new faces there and I think we’ll cement their support for the future.” The match could break the record (previously set in London) for the the country’s biggest ever attendance ... More

Football and Coronation Street stars in comedy video to promote netball

Class of 92’ players, England women’s footballers and stars from Coronation Street have joined forces with Manchester Thunder for a special promotional video.The video has been released in the run up to the reigning netball Superleague’s semi final match at the Manchester Arena on April 18.Manchester United legends Gary and Phil Neville and Paul Scholes took part in filming for the Is This the Way to Amarillo sketch, a nod to Peter Kay’s hilarious 2005 Comic Relief charity single.  Brooke Vincent, Hayley Tamaddon and Katy Cavanagh took a little time out from filming on the cobbles to join Thunder players and the team’s mascot Thunder Bear on the ITV soap’s set. The trio played in last winter’s second Soap Showdown match against a team compromising cast members from Emmerdale and players from Thunder’s Roses Rivals, Yorkshire Jets. Brooke, who plays Sophie Webster on Corrie, said: “I am so ... More

Lightning 40 vs Thunder 51 – Match Report

Manchester Thunder limped to an unconvincing victory over Loughborough Lightning.The defending champions controlled the game for large patches, but Lightning offered significant resistance to Thunder's noticeable off-colour attack.It is an attack that has been out of form in the past few Superleague rounds and Thunder will need to recapture their fire-power to beat one of the best defences in the league in Hertfordshire Mavericks, in the Superleague semi final at Manchester Arena next Saturday.Mavericks were beaten by Yorkshire Jets 50-54 earlier in the day, leaving them fourth in the table and facing a Thunder side that has beaten them twice already this season. Third-placed Jets will travel to Surrey Storm in a bid to make the Superleague grand final for the first time. Thunder player of the match Sara Bayman, said: “It felt good to get run out today and get four quarters at centre, get the lungs going.“Overall the team performance wasn't where we wanted it ... More

Thunder Semi-Final Showdown sells 1000 tickets in 24 hours! 

Tickets are selling fast for what now promises to be the country's biggest ever domestic netball game. Manchester Thunder will play their home Superleague semi final at the Manchester Arena on April 18 and over a 1,000 tickets have already been sold in just 24-hours. The venue reflects both the growing popularity of netball and women’s sports as a whole, with Sky Sports broadcasting the match live from the 21,000 capacity arena.The game follows the success of the recent Superleague match between Surrey Storm and Hertfordshire Mavericks which saw just over 6,000 netball fans attend the Copperbox in Olympic Park. Thunder are aiming to attract an even bigger crowd for the Manchester tie.  The opponents for the reigning Superleague champions are yet to be confirmed, but are likely to be either Hertfordshire Mavericks or Roses Rivals Yorkshire Jets. A curtain raiser netball match will take place at 4.30pm prior to the main event, with the first centre pass at ... More

Thunder has another little secret…

What are the Thunder girls doing outside the Manchester Arena? ...Shhhhh!!! Find out THIS FRIDAY! More

Coronation Stars talk Netball in Manchester

Get Your Tickets NOW! View Full Semi-final Press Release Katy Cavanagh and Hayley Tamaddon have fallen in love with netball, and they want you to fall in love with it too.. The Coronation Street stars were part of the Corrie and Manchester Thunder team to take on the Emmerdale and Yorkshire Jets side in the soap showdown rematch last year. And they are right behind Thunder's huge semi final match at the Manchester Arena on April 18 with Hayley saying it is 'incredible' for women's sport and netball. She added: "I love playing netball with Thunder and I think it's going to be absolutely brilliant and to have the Manchester Arena as the venue is even more brilliant. Let's hope the whole of Manchester gets behind the girls" Katy, who plays Julie Carp on the cobbles, captained the Corrie team for the Text Santa charity match, and has been involved with playing netball since getting involved with the inaugural soap showdown game in ... More