New interim England coach Tracey Neville has announced her first squad, who will face Trinidad and Tobago in the upcoming Test Series. Manchester Thunder captain Sara Bayman has been included alongside her Black and Yellows team-mates Helen Housby and Laura Malcolm. This will be first time Thunder coach Neville will be able to see her international players in action ahead of the Netball World Cup in Sydney this August. The squad is missing some key players due to their commitments in the Trans-Tasman ANZ Championship. Sonia Mkoloma returns to the England squad for the first time since the 2011 World Netball Championships in Singapore. Stand-out Yorkshire Jets player during the current Superleague campaign, Sally Butters, is included in the Netball Europe squad. Despite being born in Australia, the mid-courter is a British passport holder and qualifies for selection through her English father. The squad selected for the May Series against ...
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Manchester Thunder cruised to a win over Team Northumbria in their last home game of the regular season.
A sell-out Thunderdome looked on as the defending Superleague champions displayed passages of absolute dominance over the team now rooted to the bottom of the table.
The Black and Yellows will now head to Loughborough on Saturday for round 12, ahead of their huge semi final date at Manchester Arena, against either Yorkshire Jets or Hertfordshire Mavericks.
Laura Malcolm, player of the match, said: “I'm happy with my performance today. We needed to do what we did today before the semi final and with it being our last home game. We also needed that performance today so I'm happy with that.”
It was a quiet start with Team Northumbria going goal for goal with Thunder in the opening phase of the game. Thunder found their rhythm and steamed into a four goal lead but a Chelsea Pitman feed ...
Please find below my blog for this week –It was an early start on Saturday morning for our long trip down to Cardiff to play Celtic Dragons - there were a few grumpy faces at that time of the morning as you can imagine! As soon as we got onto the coach Bayman shot gunned the back seats and went straight to sleep (standard) whilst a few of the girls stayed awake to plan their trip to the Bournemouth 7's Festival in May - or as Krista likes to call it, A6...A couple of hours into the journey and it was time for the quiz as presented by quiz master Phil Thomas. He eagerly grabbed the mic and made sure everyone was awake to take part! Much to my delight I managed to team up with Kerry - Queen of the Thunder quizzes - and we cruised to victory winning a box of Celebrations which only lasted about 10 minutes! The Dragons game was a good opportunity for the whole squad to take to the court but despite winning we ...
Brooke Vincent talks about Netball at Manchester ArenaThe Manchester Thunder players took a trip down Coronation Street over Easter and reunited with their ITV Charity Netball team mates. First of all Thunder media guru Denise Evans caught up with Brooke Vincent who plays Sophie Webster in the soap.She said: “I am so proud of the Thunder girls, they helped me from not being able to play netball and running with the ball and now I can do it.”“This is massive for them and for netball, they are finally getting the recognition they deserve. This is not just for netball but for women’s sport too.”
“When you are that good it will be so nice to have all those people cheering you on.”“It’s a great fun family event, so join me and get down to the Manchester Arena.”
Tickets are available at manchesterthunder.com
Manchester Thunder laboured to a win over Celtic Dragons in Cardiff. The reigning champions may remain unbeaten but this was a poor first half performance and they will need to improve significantly if they are to see that record through and defend their title. But head coach Tracey Neville will be happy to see her whole squad take to the court as the season steam-rolls towards a mouth-watering climax. With one eye already on the their semi final at the Manchester Arena, Thunder struggled to focus in the opening phases of the game and Dragons matched them goal-for-goal. It also may well have been the delayed start that unsettled the Black and Yellows, after a dispute over the height of the posts pushed back the start of the game by 15 minutes. The away side started sloppily but their work-rate forced mistakes from Dragons in what was an open first 10 minutes.Jodie Gibson made the most of her place in the starting line-up and kept her marking tight. Dragons were showing ...
Thunder will head to Cardiff in the hope of securing a less heart-stopping victory over Celtic Dragons compared to last time out against Yorkshire Jets. The defending champions beat Rose rivals Jets with a goal in the dying seconds of the game in round 11. But with the Welsh outfit experiencing a resurgence in form in the second phase of the Superlegaue season, especially at home, Thunder will need to take their A-game to Wales to retain their unbeaten run. Dragons were winless and rock-bottom of the table until a dramatic last-gasp win over Loughborough Lightning in round nine was followed up with a solid victory over team Northumbria the next week. However, Thunder's rivals Surrey Storm inflicted a heavy defeat over Dragons last week, with a 30-73 win. Looking ahead to the Dragons game, Black and Yellows captain Sara Bayman said: “Last week's match against Jets highlighted the fact that we didn't convert our turnovers. We had the chances and we didn't ...