10 Results for month: 03/2017

Emma Dovey 2017

Making it in any sport is because it’s in your blood, you’ve wanted to play it since you could walk, it is all you remember ever wanting to do.Well, not if you’re Emma Dovey, it’s not. “I hated netball until I was 16,” she declares, unapologetically. "My brothers were good at football and were really sporty and my mum and dad refused to have me as the only one that wasn’t so they forced me to play football.”So, we should all be thankful to Emma’s parents for ‘forcing’ her to play sport aged 10, right? Sort of.The Manchester Thunder defender continues: “I was useless at football. So my mum had me playing that, hockey and netball and after six weeks, she said I had to pick one."Of course, that’s it, the former England youth player found her calling on the netball court like an epiphany? Not quite.“I hated all three but I chose netball as one of my friends ... More

Thunder produced a stunning performance to see-off Wasps

Manchester Thunder produced a stunning performance to see-off Wasps in Coventry.It had been a battle to even make the game for the Black and Yellows after the team coach was stuck on a shut M6 for five hours. But following a delayed start, they showed no ill-effects as they matched Wasps for intensity and desire. What unfolded was a pulsating game, with Thunder’s persistent pressure paying off in a classy second half-performance, which saw them overhaul the early-season favourites with some style.Coach Karen Greig, who had labelled her side ‘underdogs’ before the game, was delighted her players had managed to ‘click’ at the right time and see-off a very strong Wasps team littered with international talent, in front of a partisan crowd. She said: “For the most part we put out a great performance across all four quarters. That has been coming in other games, but we did it tonight. The ... More

Thunder are set for what is expected to be one of their toughest games! 

Manchester Thunder are set for what is expected to be one of their toughest away trips of the season, as they take on Wasps in round six of the Superleague.League newcomers Wasps have only been beaten once this season and are among the favourites to take the title. But Thunder are a team brimming with confidence and momentum - following three wins on the bounce - including their first away from home on Monday night.The Black and Yellows will also welcome New Zealand playmaker Liana Leota back into the squad following injury. Despite the quick turnaround between Monday’s victory over Team Northumbria and this evening’s game, Coach Karen Greig says her charge is ready for the challenge.Greig admits Wasps, who have former Thunder player Natalie Haythornthwaite in their ranks, will be favourites for the match. She said: “Hey, I love being an underdog! Having that tag is actually a good thing for us as we’re a team that will get out there and fight ... More

Thunder grind out a win against Team Northumbria

Manchester Thunder ground out a win over Team Northumbria in an eventful encounter in front of the Sky Sports cameras.It was a physical, scrappy game which saw several players warned by the umpires for their discipline and Northumbria’s Jaydene Robinson was sent off in the final quarter. The first half was a relatively even contest but Thunder always threatened to take the game away from the hosts after the break and a fractured final period worked in the Black and Yellows’ favour. The victory takes them to fifth in the table, teetering below the play-off places, level on points with Team Bath.Head coach Karen Greig was delighted with her team’s grit, and determination to take their first away win of the season. She said: “At times it was scrappy but when we stuck to the game plan, we played some really good netball. We maintained composure at times when we could have lost it  and It was good to see the girls dig in deep when Northumbria ... More

Thunder are back on the road to play Team Northumbria

Manchester Thunder head back on the road to play Team Northumbria in front of the Sky Sports cameras in round five of the Superleague.The Black and Yellows travel to the North East with back to back wins and will hope to make it a hat-trick on Monday night. Even at this early stage in the season, Thunder find themselves nine points behind league leaders Loughborough Lightning in the table and will look to avoid dropping points - and further ground-  in Newcastle.This fixture is now the closest to a local northern derby for Thunder, following the loss of great 'Rose Rivals;' Yorkshire Jets, who were not awarded a Superleague franchise contract for this season. Coach Karen Greig observed after her side's tense victory over Dragons last time out that her team is looking to improve week on week. She said: "Everything we do we look to build week in week out. It's always good to have local rivalry with Northumbria so we'll be looking to push on and build on our ... More

Manchester Thunder secured a hard-fought win over a dogged Celtic Dragons at the Thunderdome.

Manchester Thunder secured a hard-fought win over a dogged Celtic Dragons at the Thunderdome.The Black and Yellows dominated for large periods of the game but Dragons refused to stick to the script and a blistering performance from the visitors in the third quarter set-up a tasty closing to the game. But Thunder dug deep in front of their home fans who had packed out the Thunderdome for Pink Week in aid of Cancer Research UK, and coupled with some timely – and necessary - changes from coach Karen Greig, managed to see out the win. ​Greig was pleased with her side’s overall performance but was concerned by her players’ blip in concentration in that third quarter, which saw them surrender a seven-goal lead.  “Everything we do we look to build week in week out, looking for the players to learn from each game and I think they are doing that,” she said. “It was a rollercoaster ... More

Manchester Thunder will welcome Celtic Dragons to the Thunderdome for Pink Week.

Manchester Thunder will welcome Celtic Dragons to the Thunderdome for Pink Week.The Black and Yellows will look to keep up the winning momentum against the Welsh outfit in the Superleague, while also fundraising for Cancer Research UK. Head coach Karen Greig believes it is important for netball to get involved with fundraising for charity, especially with the sport growing in popularity.She said: “It's really important that netball supports such a great charity. Cancer will affect everyone at some point in their lives so it is important charities that are doing all they can to improve treatments are supported.”Thunder’s confidence is building following a solid win over Sirens last time out and they will look to secure their second victory of the season in front of their home fans in round four. Greig is looking for improvements from her squad from week-to-week, and the victory over Sirens was an example of the hard working players are putting in, ... More

Gabriella Marshall 2017

Playing netball can sometimes be one big juggling act.There’s strength and conditioning training, twice-weekly team training, studying, working full time; all while trying to have some kind of a social/home life. And you’ll struggle to find a player that feels like she is constantly trying to keep several (net) balls in the air at the same time more than Gabriella Marshall. The England u21 player has plenty to juggle. Constantly. In her third year of a physiotherapy degree, at Manchester Met, Gabriella’s life is relentless. If she’s not in a lecture, she’s at the gym; if she’s not at the gym, she on the team bus to an away game, and on it goes. So what keeps her coming back for more?“If you love what you do, then it’s easy,” the 20-year-old said, without hesitation. I’ve got aspirations this year. I want to play in the Netball Youth World Cup this summer and that’s a goal of mine.&... More

Thunder clock up their first win of the season

Manchester Thunder clocked up their first win of the season with a hard-fought victory over Sirens.​The Thunder rumbled and the Sirens came but the home side managed to silence the noise and take a much-needed victory in front of a vocal sold-out crowd. Thunder came out of the blocks at break-neck speed, firing themselves into a healthy early lead, but the game evened out in the second quarter. The second half was a topsy turvy contest but moments of brilliance and an ability to gain momentum at keys times, ultimately won Thunder the game 53 to 49. Thunder captain Emma Dovey said: "It's great to get the first win. The first two games didn't go how we wanted but we're really happy with that win. The fans lifted us and were our eighth player. We'd looked at our fourth quarters, which had been letting us down. We addressed that today and had - almost - four consistent quarters."Thunder started with real intent, rocketing ... More

Thunder will look to kickstart a winning run at their first home game

Manchester Thunder will look to kickstart a winning run at their first Superleague home game of the season on Saturday.The Black and Yellows have endured a difficult start to the season, losing their opening two games, although both matches were played on the road. Despite two strong performances, Thunder were unable to sustain their form through all four quarters in both contests, something coach Karen Greig is confident will click into place.And the plan is for that click to come against new Superleague outfit Sirens on Saturday in Round Three, in front of a sold-out home crowd. Scotland-based Sirens come into the game with a one win, one loss ratio and are certainly going to be no pushover, with a number of international players in the squad. Greig is expecting a competitive game, with an especially strong contest in their shooting circle. “We are all really excited to be back at the Thunderdome in front of our fans,” said Greig, of her first game ... More