2 Results for month: 01/2017

Thunder stepped up their pre-season preparations with a neat 84-65 win over Team Northumbria.

It was a game which saw head coach Karen Greig use her whole squad, apart from Gabriella Marshall and Amy Clinton, who are away on England U21 duty in South Africa.New Malawian signing Joyce Mvula also got her first taste of playing in front of a home crowd, as she put in an assured and comfortable performance at shooter. The game was played out over six 'quarters', four of them the regular 15-minute, while the final two were 10 minutes each. This was to allow coaches from both Superleague sides to give each of their players a solid run out ahead of the new season, which starts in two weeks' time.It was a fairly even first quarter with the teams going toe-to-toe, but it was Thunder's defence that started to be the difference from midway through the second period. The only blemish in a competitive opening was the loss of Thunder's Kiwi centre Liana Leota within the first few minutes with a slight niggle. She was taken off as a precaution with the 2017 season ... More

Joyce Mvula arrives in Manchester to join up with Thunder

Malawi international shooter Joyce Mvula has arrived in Manchester.The 22-year-old has signed up to play for Manchester Thunder as their import player for the 2017 season. Mvula was greeted at Manchester Airport by Thunder managing director Debbie Hallas and head coach Karen Greig. Also in the welcoming party was Kondwani Munthali, an official from the Malawi UK High Commissioner Office and Malembe Makawa of the Malawi Manchester Association (MMA).The Malawi Queen, 22, is an experienced player on the international scene, having represented her country at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014 and Netball World Cup in Sydney in 2015. She was also a member of the squad which beat the England Roses to take third place in the recent Fast5 tournament. Mvula said: "I am really happy to be playing in the Superleague as it is one of the best in the world. Coming from Malawi, for me, it is a great achievement. I am looking forward to joining up with the team."Greig ... More