5 Results for month: 10/2015

New Thunder Coach Dan Ryan named 17 player Superleague Long Squad

New Thunder coach Dan Ryan has named his initial 17-player Vitality Superleague long squad.Key players from the 2015 season have been retained, including captain Sara Bayman and her England team-mate Helen Housby. Thunder's newest signing Natalie Haythornthwaite, who joins from Rose Rivals Yorkshire Jets, is named in a balanced squad, which combines youth and experience. And with more players still expected to join the Black and Yellows, the squad will change.On the depth of his squad, Ryan said: "I'm really happy with the 17 athletes we have named in our initial long squad and I'm excited by the depth of talent we have in the region. We had some pretty tough selection decisions to make which is a great position to be in and I feel that we have the right blend of senior established NSL players and some promising youngsters who are ready to take the next step.''The Melbourne-born coach will lead Thunder for his debut season in the Superleague after switching from ... More

Next Generation Superleague Round-Up

Thunder started their Next Generation Superleague campaign with a double victory in the first weekend of competition.The Black and Yellows defeated Yorkshire Jets 41-35 in the first game, before seeing-off Team Northumbria 54-24 later in the day. It signals a positive start to pre-season preparations, with coach Dan Ryan seizing the opportunity to give his players competitive court time before the season begins.Ryan's side is competing in the tournament - aimed to bridge the gap between Superleague and NPL teams -  alongside five other Superleague outfits over three weekends, with Thunder hosting the final day's play on Saturday, November 7. The new coach, who travelled with the team to the first round of matches in Newcastle, said: "It was good to see some of our young talent out on court and we certainly made some good improvements across the two matches.  "We kept our focus very simple and we really just concentrated on doing the basic things well. It was a good ... More

Thunder sign New Zealand International Liana Leota

Thunder have made a sensational swoop for New Zealand international Liana Leota.The versatile centre-courter heads to Manchester from ANZ side Central Pulse. Leota, 30, was forced to assess her options following her omission from the New Zealand World Cup squad. The player, who has won 41 caps for her country, was approached by new Black and Yellows coach Dan Ryan to join the Superleague team.Mum of three Leota, whose husband Johnny plays for Sale Sharks, is delighted to join her young family in Manchester. She said: “I was emailing with Dan after I wasn’t successful in making the Silver Ferns team for World Cup. I was convinced I wanted another year in the ANZ but after lots of discussions with my husband it worked out best for our little family to finally be together in the same country or even hemisphere - eight weeks of the year just wasn't enough and I was missing out on so much.”Leota says besides being closer to her family, Ryan was a ... More

Next Generation Superleague

Thunder to host to the final round of the Next Generation SuperleagueManchester Thunder are proud to announce that they will host the final round of the Next Generation Superleague. Six Superleague sides will come together in the 3-event tournament, which will see upcoming players hit the court for the chance to be crowned 'Next Generation' champions.The emphasis will be on young talent at all three events, giving English players on the verge of a senior Superleague break-through the chance to get competitive court time. Plus you may even see current Superleague stars being tried in different positions.Keep a look-out on our website and social media in the build-up for team news. This is your chance to see the future Vitality Netball Superleague stars in action.The Thunderdome will host Hertfordshire Mavericks, Loughborough Lightning, Surrey Storm, Team Northumbria, and Yorkshire Jets Saturday 7th November with tickets just £5 per person!Match 1: Manchester Thunder vs Hertford... More

Thunder’s Gabs Marshall on captaining the England U21 to glory

England u21s have been crowned champions of Netball Europe, beating Wales to clinch the title.The team, captained by Thunder's Gabriella Marshall, were unbeaten in the tournament, defeating their Welsh rivals 63-56 to claim gold. The 12-strong squad included three young Black and Yellows north west stars alongside Marshall - Alice Travis, Rebekah Airey and Rebecca Hoult. The competition, which took place at Aberdeen Sports Village in Scotland over the weekend, also included a team from the home nation and Northern Ireland. Each match was streamed live on Youtube on a specially set-up channel. We caught up with captain fantastic Gabby Marshall, who played at wing defence for most of the tournament, to answer some question following England's victory. You captained the u21s to Netball Europe glory, how did that feel?As always it was a huge honour to not only represent my country but to also lead the girls out on the court. This competition was about building as a ... More