9 Results for month: 02/2017

Thunder suffer a second defeat at Super Ten in Birmingham

Manchester Thunder suffered their second defeat in a row at the hands of Surrey Storm at Super Ten in Birmingham.Playing in front of a vocal sold-out crowd at the Genting Arena, Thunder went toe-to-toe with the reigning champions for most of the game but lost their way in the final quarter.The Black and Yellows were leading at the end of the opening period but that implosion in the final quarter proved costly and Storm surged to a 58-48 win. It has been a frustrating start to the season for Thunder, with two games and two losses in this new-look Superleague.  But they again played with plenty of passion, skill and composure and the final scoreline today does not reflect their performance. And coach Karen Greig remains bullish that her side can turn their fortunes around, starting with their home game with Scottish Sirens next weekend. Greig said: “The players are learning a lot about themselves and each other and it’s been frustrating more than ... More

Manchester Thunder head to Birmingham to take on Surrey Storm

Manchester Thunder head to Birmingham to take on Surrey Storm in the Superleague’s inaugural Super Ten round this weekend.Any match between these great rivals is always hotly-anticipated but this one is set to have added spice, with Thunder out to make amends for their heartbreaking Grand Final loss to Storm last season.Both sides have had contrasting starts to their 2017 campaign, with Storm seeing off new franchise Severn Stars and Thunder slipping to defeat to Loughborough Lightning.​The Black and Yellows will want to avoid a second defeat and there is no better way to do it than to stop the reigning champions in front of thousands of fans in the West Midlands on Saturday.Head coach Karen Greig is relishing facing Storm and believes last year’s final loss will not have any effect on her players this week. “We will be approaching this game just like any other game, after doing our homework on Storm from their match last week,” she said. ... More

Manchester Metropolitan University joins the Thunder Family

Manchester Metropolitan University is joining the Manchester Thunder family with a partnership building on the scholarships for Thunder’s Paige Kindred and Gabby Marshall, provided by MMU Sport. Expert advice and facilitiesThe partnership gives Thunder access to MMU Sport’s specialist training facilities, including Manchester City’s former training ground Platt Lane. Thunder will now use MMU Sport’s strength and conditioning suite and coach in order to enhance their performance. Thunder players will also be given prehab and rehab through physiotherapy and soft tissue therapy at the University’s Manchester Movement Unit, a commercial venture owned and managed by the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care at Manchester Metropolitan University.The partnership also gives Thunder access to the University’s leading sports nutrition advisors and sports psychologists. Supporting academic excellence MMU Sport have ... More

Important Fixture Update

We’ll now be playing all of our home matches during the regular season at Wright Robinson College – The Thunderdome itself.  You’ll be aware we were hoping to have three of our games at Belle Vue and, as you’ll know if you came to the Mike Greenwood Trophy, it’s a fantastic new venue. However, there are issues which have unexpectedly come up which mean it won’t be ready in time to host our Superleague fixtures.  The good news is we’ll be returning there for some of our games as soon as possible in the 2018 season.  If you’ve already bought tickets to watch Thunder at the Belle Vue then don’t worry – these automatically transfer to Wright Robinson College, just update your diary so you go to the right place! The Thunderdome has seen some amazing matches over the years, thanks to us having you - the best fans in ... More

Thunder fall to defeat in VNSL opening game

Manchester Thunder have fallen to a 59-45 defeat to Loughborough Lightning in the opening game of the 2017 Vitality Superleague season.The Black and Yellows started strongly but Lightning gradually grew into the game, as Thunder's resilience wavered.  It was an uncharacteristically inconsistent performance from the Black and Yellows and they will likely need to up their game if they are to beat defending champions Surrey Storm at Super Ten in Birmingham next week. But despite the result, coach Karen Greig, who was managing her first Superleague game, insists there are still plenty of positives to take from the game. She said: "That's not the result we wanted from the first game but when we stuck to task and our principles we played some awesome netball. We just weren't consistent enough and there was a lot of nerves out there today, with new combinations that will get better and stronger with time. We were down by eight at half time and had the character ... More

Download the Vitality Netball Superleague App today

The Vitality Netball Superleague is back and now and you can have more access to the league than ever before thanks to our brand new and FREE VNSL app!Make sure that you stay updated with live scores, latest league standings and all of the Superleague news by downloading the Vitality Netball Superleague app from iTunes or Google Play stores today.We’ll be showcasing the latest Thunder news on the app through the season so grab it now and keep up-to-date! More

Funding decision signals way forward for England Netball

The following is a press release from England Netball on future funding for our sport: Sport England have announced that in their new cycle of funding, England Netball have been awarded £16.9 million over the next four years. We are pleased that Sport England have recognised the work and progress that has been made over the last funding cycle and have accepted our plans moving forward to continue the progress that is being made for women’s sport. Whilst we are grateful to have received this level of support, it has to be recognised that all governing bodies have suffered a significant cut in funding compared to the last cycle and sadly England Netball is no exception to this rule. This announcement represents a 33% reduction in funding compared to the 2013-17 funding cycle. We recognise that as a sport we must be more commercially aggressive in order to fill the financial gap that this announcement confirms. Fantastically attended events such ... More

Gilbert Netball are to be our official ball supplier for 2017/18.

The selection of Gilbert Netball balls by the Superleague franchise is a testament to the quality and performance of Gilbert’s patented design and development. The deal will see our teams - including Superleague, NPL and other development pathways using Gilbert Netball balls. Karen Greig, Manchester Thunder’s Director of Netball described the partnership as: “Another great signing for Manchester Thunder it will provide great synergy across our pathways all utilising the same innovative ball technology” Manchester Thunder Managing Director, Debbie Hallas added: “Gilbert has been the leading brand of netballs for several years and we are proud to be associated with them once again. Their reliability is fantastic while providing the best grip around.“ Gilbert Netball Brand Manager, Hellen Manufor said: “We are very pleased to have Manchester Thunder, a top performing, established Superleague franchise as official ball ... More

Thunder get a taste of International Netball

The Manchester Thunder squad got a taste of international netball at training on Tuesday.The players were visited by the New Zealand Silver Ferns, who are in the country for the international Quad Series with England Roses, South Africa and Australia Diamonds. Currently camped out in the north west, the Kiwis visited the Black and Yellows' training session and also took part in a friendly match.It worked as part of the Ferns' preparations ahead of their clash with the Roses in Liverpool on Thursday. The session also gave Thunder players the opportunity to play and learn from international-level athletes, ahead of the start of the Superleague season on February 18.Head Coach Karen Greig said: "I was really pleased with how our girls performed against such quality opposition, they really stepped up to the challenge. Thank you to the Silver Ferns for the opportunity, it's another valuable part of our pre-season preparation." More