6 Results for month: 01/2016

Kerry Almond Blog 2016

Welcome to another season!Every year pre-season feels like the longest ever, but then you hit the last week of the season and it doesn’t feel long enough! We can hardly believe that it all starts again tomorrow! There’s been a lot of movement in the off season, ourselves included and hopefully it will make for a very exciting season with all teams challenging for those top 4 spots. Our whole team feels very positive going into the first game and I’m sure that’s got a lot to do with Dan coming in with his fresh ideas and Australian mentality, that has definitely been transferred to us! I’m sure I speak for the whole team when I say that training has been hard work but also a lot of fun, with new drills and some mixed up terminology! The new players have fitted right in and have brought with them their own styles and ideas, particularly Liana and Mally. Liana trained with us a few seasons ago before she headed off to the ANZ and it’s ... More

World Champions Australia sneaked a 52-58 win over England in Liverpool

It was a topsy-turvy game, with the sides trading the lead throughout, but the Diamonds showed their class where it counted.But England will be buoyed by their performance and captain Sara Bayman, who is leading the squad in the absence of rested Geva Mentor, is keen to focus on the positives ahead of the next game in the three-match series on Friday in London. “It was a really good performances and as far as losses go to Australia, it's one of the better ones to take. We played really well and had enough of the ball to win the match and there are things we can definitely fix before the next match,” claimed the 31-year-old centre-courter. On walking her side onto court for the first centre pass, Bayman admits to feeling emotional.Coach Tracey Neville didn't use any of her bench players, something Bayman believes was because the Roses started well, something they were guilty of doing during the World Cup six months ago in Sydney. The Manchester ... More

Diamonds take convincing win in 2nd international match against England

The Australian Diamonds ran out convincing winners in the second international match against England at the CopperboxThe 44-60 victory secured the series win, with the final match to be played on Sunday at the same venue. Australia powered into a 0-5 lead with England too hesitant in the shooting third and the Diamonds were in no mood to wait for them to catch up with their high-tempo start. The game balanced out for a small period midway through the first but the Roses were letting themselves get bullied by the Australian defence.Unlike in the opening match in Liverpool, captain Sara Bayman and Jade Clarke struggled to gain any control in the centre court. A hopeful cross-court pass from Sasha Corbin didn't help England's cause but Helen Housby was at least sinking difficult chances to keep her side in it. But gradually England clawed back the defect, with Bayman and Clarke now dictating play and Ama Agbeze producing a string of audacious intercepts. It was some ... More

Manchester Thunder have announced their new title sponsor for the Vitality Superleague 2016 season

The Dentsu Aegis Network Manchester – a creative, media and digital communications agency – has signed a deal with the Black and Yellows, replacing printer suppliers Midshire as the club's primary sponsor. The partnership will form a key part of the Portland Street-based company's people strategy in Manchester, with the support of the 380 dedicated specialists working for them. In return, Thunder will help to promote the media group’s commitment to diversity in the workplace, employee health and wellbeing, and supporting the local community.Elliot Muscant, Managing Partner, Dentsu Aegis Network North, said: “There are clear synergies between sporting and business achievement, and so to partner with the Thunder, a team that has produced some of our country's best international players and England’s current international team manager, suitably reflects our company’s industry-leading status and will help to inspire our ... More

Netball Manchester Live aiming to make history! 

Northern netball giants Manchester Thunder and Yorkshire Jets are aiming to make sporting history when they face off at Netball Manchester Live on April 18th at the Manchester Arena. The two teams will play in a season-ending Roses clash which is aiming to break the record for the highest attended domestic netball match ever held in the UK. The record is currently held by Netball London Live, held in March 2015, which attracted 6033 people. Thunder and England Netball captain Sara Bayman has her eyes firmly set on the twin goals of beating her team’s Roses rivals in the Vitality Netball Superleague and topping the London attendance record. “This game is going to be all about rivalry,” said Bayman. “It’s us against Jets, the North West against Yorkshire, and the North against the South when it comes to breaking the attendance record. We want fans of both teams, and anyone across the region that just loves sport, to be ... More

New Squad Leadership Initiative

Dan Ryan has announced a new squad leadership initiative for the 2016 Superleague season.Sara Bayman will front a five-strong group, with fellow England international Laura Malcolm and new Kiwi signing Liana Leota her co vice-captains.Attacker Natalie Haythornthwaite and centre-courter Gabby Marshall will also be part of the leadership team, as Ryan aims to improve his players' personal development and leadership skills.The idea is something the 31-year-old is passionate about and believes that 'successful teams pride themselves on strong leadership' and 'the five athletes that form the leadership group are all very natural in this area'.Ryan, who will take charge of Thunder in his first Superleague game at the end of the month during the Super Saturday event in Birmingham, said: "I felt it was important to have a leadership group consisting of athletes who share my passion and genuinely understand what being a leader in a team environment is all about. It was equally important ... More