13 Results for month: 02/2016

Match Preview: Manchester Thunder vs Surrey Storm

Manchester Thunder head into a crucial weekend of the season as they face both Hertfordshire Mavericks and Surrey Storm within three days.Results from these two games will say plenty about their credentials for re-taking the Superleague crown they gave up to Storm in 2015. The Black and Yellows face the Mavericks – the only other unbeaten side in the league - first up on Saturday in round five.The game comes almost two weeks after they came through a bruising away encounter against Loughborough Lightning and Thunder will face a revitalised Mavericks in Hertfordshire.With time to recharge their batteries, coach Dan Ryan expects his squad to be ready for whatever Mavericks throw at them, especially his bench players, “We've got a really deep 12 and now is not the time to be locking in a starting seven. I have full faith in anyone that I put on court and one of the main strengths of our team is the versatility of our line-up. I expect Mavericks to do ... More

Amy Clinton Blog 2016

After a strong win against the favourites for the title, Team Bath, we were raring to go against Loughborough Lightning on Monday. This match had a very different feel to the Bath game, and we were under a lot of pressure the whole way through. Loughborough put out a really strong performance, causing us to have to fight for every goal and interception. This was a tough win, but showed our resilience and areas for development too. With a big break between the Loughborough match and our next, we've had quite a few training sessions, that has allowed us to have a sharpen up session as well as do tactical work. My favourite moment at training this week was that Jodie forgot an essential, so had to make a homemade sports bra from ankle tape! We had a big birthday this week, Kerry turned 30!!! With a whole weekend with no netball matches, we went for dinner then celebrated! She even brought biscuits and cakes to training! ​We've got a big match coming up on ... More

Manchester Thunder 56 v 47 Loughborough Lightning

Loughborough Lightning made Manchester Thunder work for their 47-56 victory in round four of the Superleague.It was a game where both defences excelled, with Thunder's Jamaican import Malysha Kelly and Lightning's in-form England defender Ama Agbeze restricting two world-class attacks. Black and Yellows coach Dan Ryan said post-match: "We expected that Lightning would come out hard. They really put out a strong performance for 60 minutes, and made sure we had to work extremely hard to get on top of them. For the whole game they were on our backs and we never felt comfortable." Ryan was keen to praise both defences, claiming neither attacking line was able to 'get in their flow'. "Fortunately for us we were able to win balls at critical times and convert them. It was very much a defensive game. Malysha had the toughest task today but she got some great rebounds at key times. The work-rate of Nat Haythornthwaite and Sara Bayman in the attacking line was ... More

Ellie Cardwell Blog 2016

After a steady start to the season it was time to concentrate on the favourites of the competition, Team Bath who were winners of the Mike Greenwood Tournament and have been unbeaten so far. It's always tough playing against bath at their home ground as their supporters are always loud, but we all know it's time to step up our performance and show our mark in the competition. Training this week has been good highlighting key areas for us to improve and we've been able to sharpen up throughout the court and we felt ready to play Bath.On Friday it was game day and there was a long journey ahead of us. Finally we arrived and we were there early to support NPL who had an amazing win over the Team Bath NPL. In the changing room Dan had created little quotes about us and we had to match each quote to the correct person, this certainly lightening the mood with some hilarious descriptions being read out. Now it was game time and what an exciting game to watch. Each player who hit the court ... More

Match Preview for Thunder vs Lightning

Thunder will be looking to make it four wins from four when they face Loughborough Lightning in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Monday night.The Black and Yellows and Hertfordshire Mavericks are the only unbeaten sides in the Superleague, as we head into round four.Thunder will be brimming with confidence following a convincing away win over rivals Team Bath just three days ago.Lightning will also be in buoyant mood after they came from behind to see-off a spirited Celtic Dragons team on Saturday.Play in the centre court is expected to be especially competitive, with both sides bursting with England talent, through Thunder skipper Sara Bayman, wing defence Laura Malcolm Lightning captain Jade Clarke to name just three.Thunder survived a bruising encounter against Bath, and coach Dan Ryan is expecting just as tough a test against Lightning, and expects to call on his whole squad for the match. "You never know when your next win is going to come. You're only as good ... More

Manchester Thunder 62 v 37 Team Bath

Manchester Thunder blew away early title favourites Team Bath, to announce themselves as serious contenders, too.The Black and Yellows ran out convincing 37-62 winners against an off-colour Bath. It was Thunder's biggest win of the season so far, where they dominated across all areas of the court, from the very first whistle. Coach Dan Ryan was predictably delighted with his side's showing against a team filled with international players. But he was keen to keep the win in perspective, especially with the next game coming so swiftly on Monday against Loughborough Lightning. Reflecting on the performance after the match, Ryan said: “I don't think many people would have predicted that scoreline. But the girls stuck really well to task tonight and their application was sensational. I'm really pleased by the level of performance from everyone that took to the court for us.”Ryan selected Helen Housby (43/47 at 91%) as his player of the match, ... More

Match Preview for Manchester Thunder vs Team Bath

Manchester Thunder face their toughest challenge of the season yet with an away game against early league favourites Team Bath.Both sides are unbeaten following the first two rounds, but Bath have been ruthless, despatching defending champions Surrey Storm in their opening fixture with an inspired late comeback. Thunder will need to be at their absolute best for all four quarter to secure victory over Bath, who are a rejuvenated side this season, following a couple of seasons off the pace, for their high standards.Every Superleague squad was bolstered in the off-season, with Bath bringing in England star Eboni Beckford-Chambers and South Africa shooter Lenize Potgieter, who played at the World Cup last summer.Meanwhile Thunder notched up the highest total score of the season so far with a 72-52 win over Celtic Dragons last weekend at the Thunderdome and are showing good early-season form, too, with international signings Liana Leota and Malysha Kelly both excelling.Black and ... More

Manchester Thunder 72 v Celtic Dragons 52

Manchester Thunder made hard work of victory of Welsh rivals Celtic Dragons at the Thunderdome.The Black and Yellows were playing their first home game of the season and ran out 72-52 winners. Dragons had a poor first half but were a different side in the second, outscoring Thunder 12-18 in the third quarter. Thunder must iron out this early unwelcome habit of losing their momentum for a quarter, with Team Bath, who they face next, likely to punish them. ​Coach Dan Ryan recognises the need to stay focused for the full 60 minutes, but was also keen to pick out the positives from a game that played out in front of a noisy sell-out crowd. "We're pretty happy to start the season with two wins and a 20-goal margin over the Dragons is a good win. We had three fantastic quarters but were pretty off the pace in the third quarter and credit to Dragons as they were sensational in that quarter," the Australian conceded. He ... More

Sara Bayman Blog 2016

Well the Vitality Netball Superleague 2016 has begun and it made its entrance in style. Super Saturday saw all eight teams take to court in Birmingham in front of a record crowd.Our game against Team Northumbria was a bit of a strange one. A shocking second quarter left us all ending the game feeling pretty deflated. However, looking back at the match we did some really good things and the stats back this up. It’s a sign of our rising expectations as a squad that a 22 goal win can be looked at as a slight disappointment.​This training week has mainly focused on fixing the areas that let us down last Saturday and looking towards Dragons this weekend. Two solid sessions have left us feeling positive and raring to go in our first home game of the season.There were a lot of Thunder supporters in the crowd last week in Birmingham and it’s always great to see when you’re playing away from home. This week the Thunderdome is a sell-out and we can’t wait to ... More

The Wait is Almost Over! Superleague 2016 is here! 

On Saturday afternoon chants of ‘let’s go Thunder, let’s go’ will ring out, players will take to the court in their black and yellow dress, as after months of preparation, tears, ankle straps, drills and 6am weight training, Superleague 2016 is here.The off-season has been a whirlwind of exciting import players coming in, senior players moving on and young blood stepping up from the NPL to the big time. Versatile New Zealand international Liana Leota has joined a mid-court already brimming with talent and experience, in England players Laura Malcolm and Sara Bayman and rising star Gabby Marshall. ​Top Jamaican defender Malysha Kelly has blended in well with a solid defensive unit, which is also sure to benefit from young Jodie Gibson’s run-out in the recent tri-series against the World Champions, Australia. In addition to the overseas players, Thunder signed 2015’s Superleague Player of the Season, Natalie Haythornthwaite, ... More