3 Results for month: 07/2016

Manchester Thunder statement on Dan Ryan’s Departure

Manchester Thunder have released a statement following the announcement that Dan Ryan will return to Australia to be head coach at the Adelaide ThunderbirdsDebbie Hallas, managing director at Manchester Thunder, said: "It is with sadness that we have to say goodbye already to Dan Ryan. He has been presented with an amazing opportunity that was too good to turn down. While growing fast, the Vitality Netball Superleague is still a big step behind the Australian netball league and we are not in a position to match the package and level of professionalism available. I would like to thank Dan for all his hard work over the season, he is certainly a character and with his motivation and enthusiasm he made a big impact on the Thunder family. Everyone at Manchester Thunder wishes him well and will be keenly watching his progress at Adelaide Thunderbirds. The search for a new coach is already underway to ensure we have someone in place to lead us through player recruitment and ... More

Dan Ryan to step down as Manchester Thunder Coach

Head coach Dan Ryan is leaving Manchester Thunder to take charge of Australian side Adelaide Thunderbirds in the exciting new Australian Netball League.The announcement comes after Ryan's debut season in charge of the Black and Yellows saw him lead the club to the Superleague Grand Final. Melbourne-born Ryan leaves Manchester with a heavy heart, but the 32-year-old could not pass up the opportunity to manage a club in Australia's top netball league. Ryan has signed an initial two-year contract with the Thunderbirds - the club he worked at as assistant coach for four years before taking up the post at Thunder last summer.He will work closely with Thunder over the next month to assist the club with setting up a new coaching set up for the 2017 Superleague season, before heading back Down Under in September.Ryan said: "I have such mixed emotions at the moment, in one breathe I'm gutted to be leaving Manchester Thunder who have become like a second family to me over the past 12 ... More

Malysha Kelly hopes to return to Thunder next season

Malysha Kelly was one of Thunder's key players in the 2016 Superleague season.The Jamaican import had plenty to contend with when she set up home in Manchester. Of course, there was leaving behind her family and the sunshine and tropical climates for snow and rain. It was a also a huge culture change for the defender, but one that she embraced with the same amount of passion and commitment she shows on court. Mally threw herself into life in the UK, immersing herself into the Manchester social and cultural scene. And then there was the Superleague style of play, under an Aussie coach in Dan Ryan, to get to grips with. What we saw was a series of match-winning intercepts, dominance of some of the top shooters in the league and a naturally aggressive Jamaican flare that has made the Sunshine Girls so successful on the world netball stage.​We caught up with Mally following her return to the Caribbean for the summer, as she reveals her hopes for returning ... More