7 Results for month: 09/2016

Experienced defensive duo stay with Thunder

Experienced defensive duo Kerry Almond and Emma Dovey have committed their future to Manchester Thunder. The pair, who have been with the club since its rebirth in 2008 and have formed a vital and unmatched partnership at the top domestic level over that time. Head coach Karen Greig, who also played with the duo during her time at Thunder, said it was 'massive' to have both players back next season. "They link together so naturally, Kerry strives on confidence and Emma is the kind of player that gives her that," the former England shooter said. "Kerry when on top of her game can challenge any shooting circle in the league her unforgiving style of play and her ability to read the game sees her being able to both fly out of the circle and hunt the ball - and challenge the aerial ball in the circle." Greig added that Dovey 'complements' her partner in the defensive third with her 'relentless' playing style. "Players hate playing against Emma as she will run ... More

Manchester Thunder and Mizuno unveil partnership

Manchester Thunder are pleased to announce Mizuno as the club's official kit and footwear sponsor. The sports brand has signed a four-year deal with the Superleague franchise. It is a deal that will see Thunder players wearing the brand’s latest range of netball shoes, along with a Mizuno-designed dress and elite performance training range. Graham Johnson, from Mizuno Netball, said: "We are delighted that we have been chosen by Manchester Thunder, one of the Superleague's most successful teams, as their kit partner. We share Thunder's passion for performance and team ethic and will join them in engaging their existing fan base as well as promoting netball to a wider audience. Thunder's ambition and development of talent throughout the age groups provides the perfect platform for us to build an exciting and inspiring relationship during the next four years" Debbie Hallas, managing director of Manchester Thunder said of the deal: “We ... More

Trio of Thunder Players Sign up for 2017 season

Manchester Thunder have begun the process of building their squad for the 2017 season, with a trio of signings announced today.Kathryn Turner and Gabriella Marshall will remain with the Black and Yellows, while promising young England defender Bea Skingsley joins the squad from Yorkshire Jets.Goal attack Turner has been a key player in the Thunder set up for a number of seasons, with her consistency and ability to adapt her game for her differing shooting partners becoming an integral  part of her game.Thunder head coach Karen Greig says Turner's experience despite still being so young sets her apart from the rest. She said of the Liverpudlian: “Kathryn has been a real stalwart of the Thunder squad and not many people realise how young she still is but with lots of experience under her belt, she will be key for us in our attack end and I am hoping she will continue to show the class she oozed in last years' final. Her accurate shot and excellent timing within the ... More

Thunder quartet selected for England U21 squad for Netball Europe

Manchester Thunder has four players in the England Netball U21 squad selected to take part at Netball Europe next month. Amy Carter, Amy Clinton, Beccy Hoult and Gabs Marshall are among the 12 picked following a meeting of selectors yesterday. England take on Scotland, Northern Ireland and host nation Wales at the Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff in the Netball Europe event.More from England Netball - https://www.englandnetball.co.uk/roses-u21-squad-selected-netball-europe/ More

Thunder win England Netball’s U21 Showdown

Thunder’s young stars won England Netball’s inaugural U21 Showdown with an impressive, unbeaten five games over four days in Worcester. In the opening stage of the competition over the first two days, Manchester Thunder topped Group A. The U21s beat Loughborough Lightning 50-40, West Midlands Warriors 62-51 and Hertfordshire Mavericks 61-42. Topping the Group set up a semi-final on Saturday with Surrey Storm. It was a close and nailbiting encounter but Thunder never gave up and took the victory by 55 points to 51. The Grand Final on Sunday was between Thunder and Team Bath and it was a brilliant start from Thunder as they took a 21 points to 8 lead in quarter one. Bath came out fighting in Q2 and closed the gap slightly but there was still a healthy 16 point lead for Thunder going into half-time, 35-19. After the break, Thunder held strong and maintained their 16 point advantage at the end of Q3 (45-29) and continued to push until the final whistle, ... More

Hale and Leota complete coaching team for 2017 superleague season

Sara Hale and Liana Leota complete the Manchester Thunder coaching team for the 2017 Superleague season.The pair, who are both experienced international players, will join director of netball Karen Greig. A defensive expert, Hale recently returned from working on the England Netball coaching team under Tracey Neville during the Quad Series in Australia and New Zealand. The former Wales defender switched from Black and Yellows player to coach ahead of the 2015 season New Zealand veteran Leota joined Thunder as a player for the 2016 season, making an instant impact on her debut on Super Saturday, winning the Player of the Match Award. Greig, who was appointed Thunder head coach last month following the departure of Dan Ryan to the Adelaide Thunderbirds, said of her assistant coaches: "As soon as I was appointed the position of DON I have no doubt in my mind who I wanted as my coaching team. In my new role I know I need coaches that will both challenge and ... More

Nat to leave Thunder

We’d like to wish Natalie Haythornthwaite all the best following her decision to leave Thunder.Keep watching for more news from the Thunder Camp as we build up to the new Superleague season. More