5 Results for month: 05/2016

Manchester Thunder Awards Dinner 2016

Manchester Thunder celebrated another successful season on and off the court at a glittering awards bash.Superleague and NPL players, volunteers, supporters and staff headed to Hotel Football for the annual end of season awards dinner. Captain Sara Bayman was the big winner on the night, scooping two awards - Superleague Players' Player of the Season and MVP 2016. Former coach Mike Greenwood was awarded a posthumous Hall of Fame Award, with director of netball Debbie Hallas delivering a moving speech for the much-loved man who died in 2011. Defender Jodie Gibson was handed the Pat Greenwood Commitment Award and Ellie Cardwell was given the Most Improved Player Award for her outstanding efforts at shooter this season. Amy Clinton, who enjoyed a breakthrough season in the Superleague squad making her debut against Team Northumbria, was named NPL Coaches' Player of the SeasonThe night was hosted by Key 103 ... More

Superleague Team of the Season

Two Manchester Thunder players of been named in the Vitality Netball Superleague Team of the Season.Black and Yellows captain Sara Bayman and wing attack Natalie Haythornthwaite are among seven of the best players in the league, according to a team of experts. Sky Sports pundits had the tough job of whittling down their top seven, with Haythornthwaite, who also played at goal attack this season, fighting off competition from players such as Sophie Hankin, Mikki Austin, Hannah Joseph and Kat Ainsworth. The announcement completed a successful weekend for the young England attacker, as her national side also claimed victory in the Netball Europe tournament, which took place in Newcastle. Much-respected Bayman, who just missed on the overall Player of the Season vote to Sammy Wallace, has been selected ahead of a number of strong Superleague centres, including Storm's Sophia Candappa and Joline Johansson of Hertfordshire Mavericks.Superleague Team of the SeasonGK Ama ... More

Grand Final: Manchester Thunder 53 v 55 Surrey Storm

Photo Credit: Steve Porter Manchester Thunder slumped to an agonising loss to Surrey Storm in the Superleague Grand Final in London.​The defending champions won a final of high drama 53-55 after a sensational Thunder fightback fell just short. Ultimately, the Black and Yellows left themselves too much to do following a disappointing first half, which saw them trailing by 13 at the break.Dan Ryan said that the poor start lead to his side, who were the favourites coming in to the game, to miss out on a second title in three seasons. “That first quarter was certainly the difference in the end,” said the coach, who had guided his side to the Superleague final in his debut season in charge. He added: “When you start a final like that and don't stick to the gameplan then that's what happens. But credit to us, we chipped away and never gave up for one second. It was so close at the very end and even after that first half we wanted to practica... More

Dan Ryan drawing on ANZ experience to lead Thunder to Superleague victory

​Dan Ryan has been a revelation for UK netball.The Australian headed to the Superleague following four successful seasons as assistant coach at Adelaide Thunderbirds in the ANZ Championship - winning the title with the Southern Australian outfit in 2013. He has put Manchester Thunder on the verge of securing their third Superleague trophy if they can get past a strong Surrey Storm side on Saturday. Couple this with injecting some Trans-Tasman flair and style to the Black and Yellows, the 31-year-old has been a hit with players and fans alike. But his success to this point will be insignificant if Thunder fail to lift the trophy at the Copperbox at the weekend.Ryan, said: “This has been one of the best experiences of my life and I'm so glad I made the decision to move to the other side of the world and take on this challenge. We've looked closely at our opposition as much as we have looked at ourselves and we're prepared and ready to go. There's ... More

Semi-Final: Manchester Thunder 53 vs 46 Team Bath

Manchester Thunder charged into the Superleague Grand Final following a commanding win over Team Bath.The Black and Yellows led from the start, blowing Bath away in the opening quarter and despite a spirited comeback from the visitors in the final period, they ran out 53 - 46 winners. It is the second final in three years for Thunder and coach Dan Ryan has guided his side there on his debut season in charge.Captain Sara Bayman, who was skipper when Thunder last won the trophy in 2014, said it feels 'good' to make it to another final. "It's feels so good. We just had to win that game and thankfully we did," she said. "Our attack struggled a bit today and we were a bit static so we will want to improve on that for the final - but nerves played a part. Our defence won us the game today. You'd be hard pressed to lose a game with them playing like that."Jodie Gibson at goal defence was once again monumental in shutting out a strong Bath attacking line, and exchanged ... More