80 Results for year: 2018

Leading insurance firm unveils new policy to invest in netball

Leading North West insurance firm C&C Insurance Brokers is investing in the future of one of the UK’s fastest growing sports. The Stockport based business has signed up to a new two-year sponsorship deal with Superleague team Manchester Thunder Netball and follows an amazing year for the sport. For the first time, the England team snatched victory against Australia at the Commonwealth Games, winning Gold by just one point to beat Australia 52-51 in the final. The team’s achievements in Australia resulted in them winning two awards at this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year show. Popularity is growing across the UK too. In 2018, spectator numbers at Manchester Thunder grew by over a third over the 2017 season and in 2019 the majority of games will be at their new home, Belle Vue, which has capacity to double the number of spectators. 2019 also sees the Netball World Cup take place in the North West with the world’s best players travelling to Liverpool in ... More

Pre-Season Match Report: Thunder 63 – Strathclyde Sirens 49

Manchester Thunder recorded another impressive pre-season victory defeating Strathclyde Sirens 63-49. Despite a slow start Karen Greig’s side, edged ahead assisted by some flashes of brilliance from Kiwi wing attack Liana Leota. At the first break there were just two goals between the teams 16-14. In the second quarter, Greig rang the changes wanting to look at different combinations. Cardwell came on for Turner at goal attack, Laura Malcolm for Caroline O’Hanlon at centre and Paige Kindred replaced Rebekah Airey at goal defence. Clearly keen to impress Thunder’s new line up quickly motored through the gears and Sirens had no answer as they were beaten 20-9 in the quarter with the accumulative score 36-23. Another raft of changes in the second half saw Turner, O’Hanlon & Airey return with Malcolm moving to wing defence, and Cardwell to goal shooter. We also got to see the return of Maria McAndrew to the court for the first time since being part of the 2012 grand ... More

Pre-Season Match Report: Celtic Dragons 48 – Thunder 80

Thunder were emphatic in Deeside on Saturday (8 December) with a scintillating performance beating Celtic Dragons by 32 goals, 48-80. They started on fire taking an early 3-0 lead and you could quickly see Thunder meant business with fast fluid play between O’Hanlon, Leota and Turner. Their service to Eleanor Cardwell was second to none as they went into the first break leading 13-20. In the second quarter Amy Carter replaced O’Hanlon at centre and Airey came on for Kerry Almond at goal keeper. The flow of the game slowed a little as the teams looked to suss each other out and it became a little scrappy, but Thunder found another gear and Dragons became frustrated. The black and yellows went into the half time break extending their lead to 13 goals 13-26. If Dragons weren’t frustrated enough, coach Karen Greig brought on Joyce Mvula at goal shooter and O’Hanlon and Almond returned at centre and goal keeper respectively. The third quarter also saw youngster Elia ... More

Dan Ryan returns to Manchester Thunder

Dan Ryan is rejoining the Manchester Thunder coaching line-up for the 2019 Vitality Netball Superleague season. The Australian 34-year old was the team’s Director of Netball for the 2016 campaign where he took Thunder to the Grand Final. His success in the UK saw him being headhunted by Adelaide Thunderbirds in the Suncorp Super Netball league where he spent two seasons as Head Coach. He has now moved into international coaching recently becoming Head Coach of eighth-ranked Northern Ireland ahead of next year’s Netball World Cup in Liverpool. While based in the UK, Dan will work alongside Thunder’s Director of Netball Karen Greig as an Assistant Coach and will supplement the elite programme, offering workshops to coaches and players from across the North West. Dan Ryan said: “I’m so excited to be rejoining my Thunder family. I love this club and have so many fond memories from the 2016 season, so I can’t wait to reconnect with everyone again. “Karen has ... More

Thunder beat Lightning in pre-season clash

Manchester Thunder launched their new season with two convincing victories over the Knights Men 85-69 and Loughborough Lightning 64-52. The Knights Men, a team who regularly play a friendlies against Superleague and Premier League teams, offer a different dynamic of opposition and a good physical test. Thunder’s shooters Joyce Mvula and Eleanor Cardwell stood up to the test and alongside Kathryn Turner they kept the scoreboard ticking over at a good rate. Captain Emma Dovey had a particularly feisty contest in the defensive circle and led the way for Thunder’s first victory of the day. After the game the Thunder fans flocked onto the court for a meet and greet opportunity with the players, who signed everything from netballs to t-shirts while engaging with their loyal fans. Next in line were Loughborough Lightning, last season’s beaten finalists, but now with a new look team and former Thunder favourite Sara Bayman at the helm. Shooter Amy Clinton has also made ... More

Season Preview 2019

By Denise Evans Another Superleague season is almost upon us. Players are back in pre-season training and many familiar faces will return to play in the Black and Yellow dress for another year. And while we've said goodbye to some during the off-season, we have also welcomed back others into the Thunder family. Let's take a look at the squad, which players could be set to shine and who will be wanting to end their Thunder career by lifting the Superleague trophy. Don't forget you can meet them at our Season Launch Day, including a pre-season friendly with Loughborough Lightning, on Saturday 17 November. Buy tickets here >> The Superleague Squad There's 10 players in Thunder's 2019 Superleague squad, with five additional training partners yet to be announced, two of which will be selected for each match day squad. Defence Kerry Almond, Emma Dovey, Rebekah Airey Thunder stalwarts Dovey and Almond return to the fold, with young England defender ... More

Liana Leota returns to complete Thunder’s 2019 Superleague squad

Manchester Thunder have signed New Zealand star Liana Leota to complete their 10-strong 2019 squad. The centre-courter will play for the Black and Yellows for a fourth season, after first joining the club in 2015. The former Silver Fern, 33, has been instrumental in helping Thunder qualify for the play-offs in every one of her seasons with the club. Her performances have earned her a place on the Superleague All-Star VII team for the past two years. "I'm really excited about the season ahead," Leota said. "I think we've got an awesome team. "Stay tuned for a big ticket announcement next week." Manchester Thunder managing director Debbie Hallas said: "Liana was one of the first players we wanted to secure for next season, her play-making and breath-taking skills show she is one of the best wing attacks in the business. Not only that, her experience and leadership skills make her a vital member of the team. "We are looking forward to seeing what she can do ... More

Fast5 All-Stars 2018: Thunder knocked out as Wasps take the crown

Manchester Thunder were knocked-out of Fast5 All-Stars 2018 after losing to Team Bath and BenecosMavericks at the Copperbox. The Black and Yellows suffered a narrow 23-18 loss to Bath in the first game and needed to beat Mavericks in the second to stay in the competition. However, despite leading for the majority of the game, a Mavericks 10-pointer shot from Karyn Bailey during her side's powerplay, led them to a 32-22 win. Reigning Superleague champions Wasps won the event, with former England shooter Rachel Dunn named MVP, after putting in a starring role with a plethora of five and 10-point shots. Thunder head coach Karen Greig said: "We had the opportunity to win both games. "But we didn't take our chances and luck wasn't on our side, which ultimately Fast5 has an element of. "We were wasteful on our powerplays at times but overall I was happy with the team culture and high expectations of each other and look forward to using this as a springboard for the ... More

Kerry Almond returns for 11th and final season

Experienced Manchester Thunder defender Kerry Almond will be back in Thunder colours in 2019 - for the final time. The goal keeper will hang up her Black and Yellow dress at the end of the season after more than a decade playing for the club at senior level. Almond has been the heartbeat of Thunder's defence throughout that time and has played a key role in both championship-winning seasons in 2012 and 2014. The 32-year-old, who is one of the most experienced players in the Superleague, said: "I'm going to be back for my 11th and final season in Thunder colours next season. "I'm looking forward to getting started, starting with the Fast5 All-Stars at the weekend. "Hope to see you all in 2019!" Debbie Hallas, Manchester Thunder managing director, said: "We are pleased have Kerry back for another season. "She is such an important member of our squad and her experience and knowledge is second to none. "We plan to make sure she goes out on a high, by winning ... More

Performance Pathway squads named for 2018/2019

After an intense period of trials, we are delighted to announce our Performance Pathway squads for the 2018/2019 season. You can see these here >> Performance Pathway Head Coach Laura Malcolm said: “We’ve finally finished our extremely competitive trials, whittling down 600 players to 150 and as you can imagine it hasn’t been easy. This is my first time being involved in the process and I’m extremely impressed with the standard in the region. In addition, I’m delighted to see so many young players hungry to become a part Manchester Thunder. "Selectors for all of our trials are made up of Thunder coaches, regional representatives and county representatives. Umpires included a mixture of volunteers, trainees and assessors. The trials were organised and run by the Thunder team managers, pathway coaches and volunteers. Although it’s at the forefront, it’s fair to say that our trials are bigger than just selecting players, they are an opportunity to support ... More