4 Results for month: 12/2016

Pre-season friendly against Team Northumbria

Continue the countdown to the new Vitality Netball Superleague season with a pre-season fixture between the league’s two teams from the North of England. Manchester Thunder welcome Team Northumbria to the North West on Saturday 28th January as Karen Greig’s black and yellows continue their preparations for the 2017 campaign. The game will see the new look Thunder take on Te Aroha Keenan’s new look Team Northumbria and mean that Netball fans in Manchester will have had the chance to see six of the competition’s sides in action ahead of the new season, following December’s Mike Greenwood Trophy. The main game is at 3pm but join us from 12.45pm for an U19 NPL Development warm-up game with Manchester Development taking on NPL U19. Tickets are just £8 for adults and £5 for concessions and anyone who has bought a Thunder Membership, including a Season Ticket, gets free entry to the game. Buy tickets here >> More

Mike Greenwood Trophy Report 2016

Wasps won the fifth Mike Greenwood Trophy tournament after beating defending champions Team Bath in the final.The annual event featuring was held at Belle Vue for the first time, which will also play host to three of Manchester Thunder's home games in the 2017 Superleague season. Five of the league's teams featured in the event - Manchester Thunder, Wasps, Celtic Dragons, Hertfordshire Mavericks and Team Bath, which honours former Thunder coach Mike Greenwood, who died in 2011. A number of current senior players played under Mike, who also coached at Oldham NC, including Kathryn Turner, Dani Bloomfield and Kerry Almond, making it an epsecially poignant occasion for them. Wasps - one of three new teams to join the sport's top league - showed why they have already been touted as title favourites with a clinical and confident performance in all four games.  Bath also put out a solid and organised showing throughout the tournament but just could not ... More

Thunder train with Wigan Warriors

It's not often you'll see burly rugby players wearing a coloured netball bib during pre-season training.But in a special new project, netball and rugby league have come together for a duel training session. Players from Manchester Thunder and Wigan Warriors took to the court at the National Cycling Centre to share skills and tips. The clubs both play in their respective Superleagues - the elite league in their sport - and are well into their pre-season training routines, and today's session was aimed at offering something different to the challenging schedule.Wigan boss Shaun Wane said he was hopeful his players would learn new techniques and other aspects of the netball game in a bid to improve their own performance on the field. He is especially focused on the Warriors picking up better hand-eye coordination and new drills from the Black and Yellows. These are core aspects of netball, which is still a non-contact sport despite its increasing ... More

Malawi shooter Joyce Mvula joins Thunder

Manchester Thunder have signed Malawian shooter Joyce Mvula.Mvula joins the squad as a replacement for Jamaican Marvadene Anderson who has been withdrawn due to Visa issues. The 22-year-old Malawi Queen has plenty of experience on the international stage, having competed in the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and Netball World Cup in Sydney in 2015. Most recently she played for The Queens in the Fast5 tournament, beating the England Roses to take third place.A dynamic shooter who is quick and adaptable, Mvula is sure to fit in well into a Black and Yellows squad which is a mix of youth and experience.Mvula said: "I am really happy to be playing in the Superleague as it is one of the best in the world. Coming from Malawai, for me, it is a great achievement. I am looking forward to joining up with the team."Coach Karen Greig said of her latest import signing: "I am excited to have Joyce on board, having observed her during the NWC last year and fast fives more recently ... More