11 Results for month: 04/2018

Manchester Thunder lose to defending champions Wasps

  Manchester Thunder were edged out by defending champions Wasps in a pulsating game at the Ricoh Arena. The hosts lead for most of the game but were unable to shrug off a persistent Thunder, who never let them lead by more than five. But ultimately, Wasps were more clinical at vital moments and Thunder left to rue missed opportunities, especially on the turnover. Black and Yellows head coach Karen Greig was buoyant despite defeat, with Thunder pushing unbeaten Wasps for 60 minutes of tenacious, relentless netball. "Overall the intensity and the work-rate of the girls and their ability to stick to task was bang-on point tonight," she said. "There were times where we really had Wasps rattled and I thought we had enough ball at times where we could have taken the win, but unfortunately it wasn't meant to be out game tonight. "We've proven that we are capable of producing quality netball against a top quality side. and next time it could be a different result." ... More

Taking off together – Thunder partner with Royal Air Force Careers

Manchester Thunder are partnering with the Royal Air Force for their Bank Holiday Superleague clash with Loughborough Lightning on Monday 7 May. As part of the RAF’s centenary year celebrations, their Manchester Careers Office team will be at the game to promote the opportunities available by signing up as a RAF Regular or Reserve. These will also be showcased in the match day programme, through Thunder’s social media and online. The RAF will also be delivering development training to Thunder’s Performance Pathway teams in the coming weeks to support their development on and off court. Photographs from their first session are below. Flt Lt Gareth Forrest, Officer Commanding RAF Careers Manchester, said: “We are delighted to be match sponsors of Manchester Thunder in such a vital game in the league season. The Thunder and The RAF share common values of commitment, excellence and pride in what we do. The RAF is full of skilled and driven women who play a pivotal ... More

Caroline O’Hanlon happy to be back after Commonwealth Games

Ahead of our trip to Wasps tomorrow, we spoke to Thunder and Northern Ireland's Caroline O'Hanlon who was straight off the plane from Australia and onto court in the Black and Yellow dress. By Cassie Nunn-Price. The Northern Ireland captain, who played in every game for her country at the Commonwealth Games, landed home less than 48 hours before she laced up her trainers and took to the court for Thunder's win over Surrey Storm. She is certainly no stranger to the kind of schedule that may seem impossible for some of us, though, successfully balancing her career as a GP with lining up for Gaelic football team Armagh week in, week out. "The game was a bit of a blur but it was good to get the win," said the 33-year-old. “I am honoured to have gone away and be selected for Northern Ireland and to play on this Thunder team, I’m delighted to have the opportunity." O'Hanlon, was flag-bearer for her country during the opening ceremony and racked up 334 minutes ... More

NPL Success

Congratulations to Thunder’s up and coming netball stars for an amazing season in the National Performance League. Our U19s have had an amazing season and finished second. They went into the closing weekend unbeaten and it went down to the last second of the last game, against London Pulse who scored the winner on the buzzer to leave both teams 42 points. Pulse took the title on goal average. Our U21s went one better and secured top spot with an unbeaten season. They secured the champions title with a 73-40 defeat of Severn Stars. More

Match report: Manchester Thunder 62 Surrey Storm 57

Manchester Thunder recorded a professional – if not vintage -  win over Surrey Storm at Belle Vue. The Black and Yellows were not at their best but a second half surge helped them build a six-goal lead in the third quarter and Storm were unable to pull it back. Storm’s stubborn and confident performance does not reflect their position in the table, and Thunder had to dig deep to see out the win. Cobwebs Captain Emma Dovey, who was named Player of the Match, said her side needed to  ‘blow off the cobwebs’ following a five-week break for the Commonwealth Games. “We have been training and had the MGT tournament last week but it’s good to come out with the win,” she said. “We tried a few combinations tonight and it’s good to be able to do that in a top quality game. “In  the first quarter we said we struggled after getting within one and then key moments we didn’t take, in the second quarter we struggled to consolidate turnovers. After that we ... More

Over £1,100 raised for Pink Week

A huge thank you to everyone who supported Pink Week for Cancer Research UK at our game with benecosMavericks in March. We are delighted to say your efforts raised an incredible £1,104.58 which was handed to Cancer Research UK's team Claire Poultney and Chelsea Flynn by our Managing Director Debbie Hallas at the game with Surrey Storm on 21 April. You can still support their efforts by: Signing up for this year’s Race for Life events across the North West. Find out the dates of those near you at www.raceforlife.org Finding out more about the amazing work of Cancer Research UK and discover how your donations are spent at www.cancerresearchuk.org Photo Gallery: More

Match preview: Manchester Thunder v Surrey Storm

The wait is almost over, Superleague is back. After a five-week break for the Commonwealth Games, Thunder are back on court to face rivals Surrey Storm at Belle Vue. Fresh off the plane from the Gold Coast, Caroline O'Hanlon and Joyce Mvula will be in the squad as Thunder look to get their season back on track following a surprise home defeat to benecosMavericks last time out. Multiple finalists Storm have had a disappointing start to the season and find themselves well outside of the top four. They will be keen to push Thunder hard and build on their away win against Team Northumbria in the last round. Seen netball in the news? Inspired by the Roses? Well come and see what it's all about as two long-time rivals go toe-to-toe on court, in the top league in the country. If you haven't got your tickets yet, there will be a select few available on the door, so be sure to get to the venue early. WARM-UP GAMES: 12.30pm – Thunder Youth Academy v Yorkshire ... More

Thunder win 2018 Mike Greenwood Trophy

Manchester Thunder won the Mike Greenwood Trophy for the first time since 2014 with an golden-goal win over benecosMavericks. The Black and Yellows won the final 31-29 to see-off Mavericks and take victory in the tournament created in honour of late former manager, Mike Greenwood. The pair made the final after coming through the round-robin stage, which also included Superleague sides Team Bath and Team Northumbria. Coaches took the opportunity to rotate their squads and blood youngsters, with a number of senior players absent at the Commonwealth Games, ahead of the Superleague's return next weekend. Fans were treated to a day of quality netball, which culminated in a thrilling final, which saw Thunder avenge their recent Superleague loss to Mavericks. The hosts had fallen 10 goals down at one stage in the game but were able to get back in touch after head coach Karen Greig made some changes. With the scores locked at full time, we headed into extra time, where ... More

Preview: Mike Greenwood Trophy 2018

The 2018 Mike Greenwood Trophy competition is almost upon us. Three other Superleague teams - Team Bath, BenecosMavericks and Team Northumbria - will join Thunder in Oldham on April 14. Traditionally a pre-season tournament, the event, now in its sixth year, has switched to spring this season to act as a warm-up for the restart of the Superleague, following the five-week Commonwealth Games break. Reigning MGT champions Wasps won't be taking part, so it's a chance for Thunder to regain the title they haven't won since 2014. They will face tough competition from 2015 winners Team Bath, with benecosMavericks and Team Northumbria also expected to be up for the challenge. With a number of players absent on the Gold Coast it is the perfect opportunity for coaches to rotate their squad and experiment with player combinations before the return of the Superleague next week. The first of the six round-robin matches gets under way at 1pm, with the final taking ... More

Mid-season review of Thunder’s Superleague 2018 campaign

As the Superleague takes a break for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Denise Evans has taken a look at the season so far, reflecting on Thunder's performances after six games. Best starting seven GK Almond, GD Dovey,  WD Carter, C O'Hanlon, WA Leota, GA Turner, GS Joyce Mvula Coach Karen Greig has experimented with her combinations, most notably in the shooting circle and centre court. Her defence pretty much picks itself, with Kerry Almond and Emma Dovey two of the most experienced defenders in the league. She's started with either Amy Clinton or Joyce Mvula at shooter, with the Malawian edging out the young England shooter in terms of court time. Mvula struggled against Team Bath's physicality in the corresponding away fixture last season, but she was far more assertive and in control this time, and in turn was instrumental in her side's attacking confidence and ability to secure the win. Kathryn Turner has carried the form which lead to her being named ... More