11 Results for month: 05/2018

Match preview: Netball Manchester Live 2018

The wait is almost over. One of the most hotly-anticipated matches of the Superleague season will take place on Manchester's biggest stage on Saturday. Manchester Thunder will face defending champions Wasps at the Manchester Arena, for Netball Manchester Live 2018. The visitors will be wounded beasts determined to come back fighting after suffering their first loss of the season against Loughborough Lightning last time out. But they will meet a team with plenty of fire in their bellies, too. Thunder will be determined to avenge their defat to Wasps earlier in the season - and to win in front of their home crowd. Thunder go into this game after thumping Celtic Dragons in Cardiff in the previous round, and although head coach Karen Greig has taken plenty of positives from that game, Wasps will be much harder to sting. It may be a bigger venue, but the city is the same, the Thunder army of fans will chant familiar songs and the drums will still ring out. And ... More

Match report: Celtic Dragons 38 Manchester Thunder 78

Manchester Thunder were ruthless in dispatching Celtic Dragons to record a stunning 38-78 victory in Cardiff. The hosts had no answer to Thunder's tenacity and hustle, as the Black and Yellows controlled the game from the first whistle and recorded their biggest win of the season. Coach Karen Greig was 'really pleased' with her side's performance. "Coming into this, we knew it was a game we could win and one where we could get a high score," she said “Looking at the league, that’s what we needed. I’m happy and relieved. "We said this week was all about  us and what we do well as a team, and execute our game well and that was to start hard. We did that in the first quarter and that is the most polished first quarter we’ve had all season." Thunder's dominance allowed Greig to play 12 of her squad, and she was so impressed with her players, she named all of them as her Player of the Match. Greig added: “We said this week was all about  us and what we do ... More

WATCH: Manchester Thunder step into the ring to prepare for Wasps battle

The countdown is on to the North West's biggest netball event of the year.   On Saturday, June 2 Manchester Thunder will take on reigning Superleague champions Wasps at the Manchester Arena.   With less than two weeks to go before Netball Manchester Live 2018, Thunder have filmed and produced a promotional video inspired by the Rocky films.     Channelling their inner fighting spirit, Thunder players were put through their paces in the ring by World Champion boxer Terry Flanagan and Manchester fighter Stacey Copeland.   Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up - Rocky   The film stars the whole Superleague squad in locations across Greater Manchester, as they prepare physically and mentally for the big match.   Filmed to the beat of the famous Rocky theme tune, see how netball and boxing collide as Thunder stride towards their own battle against Wasps on the city's biggest stage.   With both sides ... More

Hundreds play in first Manchester Thunder Junior Netball Tournament

Manchester Thunder hosted their first ever Junior Tournament on one of the hottest days of the year on Saturday. The event saw 49 teams from all over the north west descend upon Wright Robinson for a day of competition in the sunshine. Youngsters aged between 10 and 13 competed in different age categories, with u10s and u11s taking part in round-robin games for the title of the Cup and Plate divisions. Off court, there was plenty to do for the hundreds of spectators, with crazy catch competitions, name the bear, a raffle and a shooting contest. Manchester Thunder Superleague squad players were on hand to meet young netballers, share tips, pose for photos and encourage teams. Also attending the event was England Commonwealth Games champion Jodie Gibson, who brought her gold medal. Atmosphere was electric with fantastic play from all teams Sheonah Forbes, who heads up Thunder;s Pathway program and was the main organiser of the event, said: " ‘The atmosphere ... More

Match report: Manchester Thunder 55 Severn Stars 49

It was a scorching hot evening in Manchester but it was a slow burner on court as Thunder put in a professional performance against Severn Stars. It was composed and controlled from the Black and Yellows but Stars were a real test, and asked questions of them in all areas of the court, but Thunder did enough to win 55-49 in front of a sold out home crowd. Head coach Karen Grieg was generally very pleased with her side's showing at the Thunderdome, with thier only blip coming at the end of the fourth quarter. "For three and a half quarters we were solid," she said. "We had a three or four minute wobble in the last quarter but apart from that I was pleased with the performance” “A lot less errors than other games” “Stars threw everything at the last quarter knowing it would be a tough ask but we must stick to our game plan when teams put us under pressure” “We know the game against Dragons will be tough but we must play with the same purpose and ... More

NEW VENUE – Celtic Dragons game now at Wright Robinson College

Our rearranged Superleague game against Celtic Dragons on Monday, 11 June, will now take place at Wright Robinson College. All tickets for the game remain valid for the new venue and the time of the first centre pass remains the same (7pm). We apologise for another change to the fixture! BUY TICKETS HERE >>               More

Manchester Thunder players to face boxing champ Terry Flanagan in the ring

Manchester Thunder are hoping to step into the ring and gain winning inspiration from a World Champion boxer Terry Flanagan. Netball and boxing may be different sports, but Thunder have a real fight on their hands when they play a Superleague match at Manchester Arena next month- something Flanagan knows all about. The 27-year-old retained his world title at the very venue and has fought there on a number of occasions. The Manchester southpaw is former WBO lightweight champion (2015-17), and the first Englishman to win a world title in that weight class. He is also unbeaten in 33 professional fights. He will be meeting Thunder players to show them his belts and share tips on training and how he became - and still is - a winner. Joining Flanagan will be inspirational Hyde fighter Stacey Copeland, who is also an advocate for women's sport and a popular community ambassador. Director of Netball Karen Greig will join her Black and Yellows players at Oldham Boxing ... More

Thunder left it late to see off Team Northumbria 51-58

Manchester Thunder escaped a scare to beat Team Northumbria and remain in the hunt for a play-off place. Thunder needed to call on what little was left in the tank in the closing minutes to see out the win, after a stubborn Team Northumbria refused to give up. It may not have been pretty, but winning ugly and taking three points back to Manchester will have to be enough heading into next week’s home tie over in-form Severn Stars. “It was a tough win against a determined Northumbria team”, said Director of Netball Karen Greig. “We started with intent and purpose but took our foot of the gas when we should have turned up a gear. “Northumbria made crucial changes that we didn’t adjust quick enough to. “We never managed to push on after turn over and Northumbria made us work had for ball in both attack and defence.” Greig, who chose Bea Skingsley as her player of the match, added: “I thought Bea came on at half time and made a great impact. ... More

Match report: Manchester Thunder 56 Loughborough Lightning 62

Thunder slipped to a disappointing 56-62 defeat to Loughborough Lightning at Belle Vue. It was a frustrating performance from Thunder, who were out-thought by Lightning in key moments  and wasted turnover opportunities in the rare occasions they came They now have a chance to put things right on Saturday in Newcastle against Team Northumbria. Head coach Karen Greig said: “We just didn’t look after ball enough. “There was opportunity to turnover ball but we beat ourselves at times today. “Ultimately Loughborough are a great team and they don’t make many mistakes and when they do, we need to make sure we capitalise. “Not one person did an overly bad job, I just think the team effort wasn’t good enough. “The conditions were tough but that is no excuse.”   Blistering Just like the temperature outside, the game started at a blistering pace, with both sides hustling for the ball at every opportunity. It went goal for goal for the majority of the ... More

Match report: Thunder beat battling Sirens 42-64 in Glasgow

Manchester Thunder made sure it was a winning start to their Bank Holiday weekend with a battling win over Sirens. UWS Sirens held-off  Thunder for long periods, especially in the first half, but their resistance faded as the game wore on and Thunder eventually ran out comfortable winners, 42-64 at the Emirates Stadium in Glasgow. The healthy second half lead allowed head coach Karen Greig, who will have had one eye on Monday's game against Loughborough Lightning, to rotate her squad, with all 12 players  taking to the court. Speaking after the game, Greig said: "Overall it was a fantastic result. "There were some very uncharacteristic mistakes in the first half, which meant we were unable to get a hold of the game early on. "But a few stern words and re focus at half time they came out and really stuck to task. "The full court defence was immense today. For the first time this season we pushed on and grew our lead . We got all 12 players on and everyone did a ... More