13 Results for month: 04/2017

Thunder fend off Dragons and sneak a win in Cardiff

Manchester Thunder did just enough to see-off an organised Celtic Dragons in Cardiff.Dragons were the better team in the first half with Thunder flat and unimaginative in their play.But it was a different Thunder on show in the second half, with more urgency and creativity to their game.Dragons were not giving up without a battle though and their home fans lifted them in the final quarter to claw back a five-goal Thunder lead.​But a timely airborne intercept from Black and Yellows captain Emma Dovey gave Thunder the turnover cushion they needed and they held off the Welsh outfit to sneak a 53-55 victory and avoid an upset.Coach Karen Greig was relieved to come away with three points after a ‘frustrating’ game. “We needed to trust our vision more in the first half and at times we became a little bit pedestrian,” She said. “We needed to put our foot on the gas earlier than we ... More

Thunder out to get their season back on track!

Manchester Thunder will be out to get their season back on track when they head to Cardiff on Saturday.The Black and Yellows fell to an agonising one-goal defeat to league leaders Loughborough Lightning last time out. They play Celtic Dragons in round 12 of the Superleague and beating them on their home turf will be no easy feat. Dragons have pushed the top teams close this season and finally got their first win on the board against Sirens in round nine.They have already tested Thunder when the sides met at the Thunderdome last month and head coach Karen Greig expects the return fixture to be no different. She said: “We needed to go away and learn from that loss and be ready for the next game. I chatted to the girls after last week’s game and they were disappointed with the loss. But they’re also really upbeat on how they finished the game and were talking about the positives and looking at how to move on against Dragons, which will be a ... More

Amy Clinton 2017

England shooter Jo Harten is Amy Clinton’s hero. Known for scoring high pressure-shots with ease and consistently having among the best shooting averages in the domestic and international game, role models don’t come much better for young shooters. And it was Harten-like composure we saw from Clinton when the 19-year-old was tasked with entering a nauseatingly-tense game to replace regular shooter Joyce Mvula in the final quarter.Manchester Thunder were chasing Loughborough Lighting’s lead down in the closing minutes, Clinton somehow blocked out the deafening noise in a sold-out Thunderdome to calmly turn and score in the dying seconds. But in all the chaos, the final whistle had blown and Clinton’s shot hadn’t counted. It was a particularly tough pill to swallow for the Oldham-born player, but the real story here is that she scored a goal even the great Jo Harten may have missed. Clinton’s appearances this season ... More

Thunder came agonisingly close to beating table-toppers Loughborough Lightning

Manchester Thunder came agonisingly close to beating table-toppers Loughborough Lightning at the Thunderdome.It was a captivating game from the first centre pass, with Thunder the early pace-setters but Lightning showed their class and form by refusing to give in to the pressure. The Thunderdome can be an intimidating environment for a visiting team and tonight was no different but it didn’t appear to phase a compact and organised Lightning squad.It was a devastating finish for the home side and their army of supporters and they will rue a disappointing showing in the third quarter, leaving themselves with a mountain to climb. Thunder thought they had forced extra time with a superb snap shot from young shooter Amy Clinton, but the goal was chalked off as being taken after the final whistle, resulting in Thunder falling to a brutal 57-58 defeat. Despite the result, head coach Karen Greig was determined to focus on the elements that worked for Thunder ... More

Thunder edge out Sirens in thrilling encounter in Glasgow

It took extra time for Manchester Thunder to edge out Sirens in a thrilling encounter in Glasgow.The scores were locked at 58-all at the end of regular time after a game which saw Thunder fight their way back into the game following a poor first half. Six goals down going into the final quarter, the Black and Yellows, who were playing their second game in 48 hours, showed resilience and composure under pressure to force extra time.Coach Karen Greig was disappointed with her team’s slow start but delighted with how they bounced back to win by 10.“It’s been a really tough weekend for us with that fixture against Storm just two days ago and then we had a long coach journey” she said “So it took us a couple of minutes to get out of the blocks. Once we started playing our own game and sticking to gameplan, we played some good stuff. There was elements of class out there but we just didn’t start quick enough.” ... More

Thunder 100% record continues with victory over Storm

Manchester Thunder put in an assured performance against Surrey Storm to secure a 66-58 victory at the Thunderdome.​The Black and Yellows led from the start but didn’t have it wholly their own way, with Storm snapping at their heels for most of the first quarter. However, they still managed to force a healthy first half lead and never looked like giving it up after the break, after gradually eking out the last of Storm’s fight.Coach Karen Greig liked what she saw from the outset, especially from the defence. “We set the tone really early. I asked the girls to go out and play hard from the first whistle, something which has alluded them in the last few games," she said. “We’re a few games in now and have some great combinations out there, that weren’t quite there when we first played Storm. They are building as a unit in ... More

Thunder to face sirens in Glasgow

There's no time to enjoy Easter eggs on Sunday as Manchester Thunder go straight into preparation for their next Superleague match. Following an energy-sapping victory over Surrey Storm on Saturday, the Black and Yellows next play Sirens in Glasgow on Bank Holiday Monday.​The two-day preparation means Karen Greig’s charge need to recuperate in super-fast time, to be ready for the trip to Scotland. And the head coach has no doubt her players will be raring to go, fit and prepared to play a team who have proven very hard to beat at home. Greig said: “We’ve got a tough game away in Scotland and that was in the back of my mind (in the Surrey game) with resting legs. I’ve told the girls to go away, recover and eat well and have a good sleep. I’m sure we’ll be ready.”Thunder emerged victorious when the sides last met at the Thunderdome in March. The 2014 Superleague champions have responded well to fixtures coming in quick ... More

Manchester Thunder face rivals Surrey Storm on home turf

Manchester Thunder face rivals Surrey Storm on their home turf in a mouth-watering Easter clash on Saturday.The Black and Yellows are enjoying a superb run of form, while Storm have lost their previous two matches. But it was Storm that came out with the victory the last time the two sides met, at Super Ten in Birmingham in the second round of the Superleague. If Thunder are to beat Storm on Saturday evening, they will leap-frog their opponents in the table and cement themselves in the top four.Head coach Karen Greig and her squad are on the hunt for a seventh win on the run. The former England shooter said Storm will be face a ‘different team’ on Easter Saturday. She added: “The win over Team Bath was a great result going into this one against Storm. We are doing some really good stuff out on court at the moment. It was a disappointing result (in Birmingham) after we got so close to them. We are going to do a lot of work before the ... More

Kathryn Turner 2017

Kathryn Turner has always had confidence in her netball ability.“I knew I was good right from when I first started playing in primary school,” says the Manchester Thunder goal attack, without apology. And she’s dead right to be as it certainly hasn’t done her any harm. In fact, the Rainhill native credits netball for bringing her out of herself. She explains: “Netball makes me feel confident and good about myself, as I used to be really quiet and shy.”There’s a different swagger to the 24-year-old this season. Often looked upon as one of the most consistent and reliable players in the Thunder squad, it’s Turner’s fearlessness and composure that has been especially noticeable this season. Having a shooting partner that you click with is an asset, too, and Turner is lucky she has that with both Joyce Mvula and Amy Clinton. Turner, who also plays for Oldham, said: “I’m ... More

Manchester Thunder claimed a 41-48 victory over Team Bath

Manchester Thunder claimed a 41-48 victory over Team Bath in a feisty encounter in Somerset.The round eight Superleague game had plenty of drama and saw Black and Yellows shooter Joyce Mvula sent off in the second quarter for persistent obstruction. But the incident was merely a minor setback and only served to drive Thunder on with a masterclass of patient attacking play in the second half. The game was fractured, pacey and frantic, with the sides exchanging interceptions and turnovers (41 in total) at will, but often failing to consolidate them.​There was pockets of perfection and moments of madness in a game that had a 1,000-strong crowd enthralled throughout. Black and Yellows captain Emma Dovey led from the front, bossing the defence and her ability to keep her composure  in a real pressure cooker atmosphere  significantly impacted on the players around her. Head coach Karen Greig was pleased her team came out of such a physical and bruising ... More