8 Results for month: 06/2018

Match preview: Thunder face Lightning in the Superleague 2018 semi-finals

It's been a long season, but now just four teams - and three games remain before the 2018 Superleague champions are crowned. Third-placed Manchester Thunder face Loughbroough Lightning, who finished second in the regular season, in their play-off game, while Wasps and Team Bath face-off in the other semi. The winner of each will meet in the Grand Final on 7 July at the Copperbox. And Thunder are desperate to be there. On paper, very little separates the Black and Yellows and Lightning, who have one win apiece against each other this season, while the hosts secured the fixture at home due to their superior goal difference. But mentality and approach shifts for the semi-finals, while Thunder head coach Karen Greig is aware that what has gone before her side this season, will not be the focus when they line-up at the Leicester Arena on Saturday. "Once you get to the semis you have to focus on what’s in front and not what’s gone," she said. "The positive we ... More

Match report: Manchester Thunder 54 Team Bath 47

Manchester Thunder ground out an important win over Team Bath at a colourful Thunderdome. It was a game that had a bit of every shade, from red-hot swift attacking play to resolute defensive work and purple patches for both teams. Thunder showed their solidarity to Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign, which aims to encourage inclusivity and equality in sport for the LGBT community, by sporting the multi-coloured laces. Bath gave as good as they got, continuously coming back every time Thunder threatened to extend their lead. Both squads will now turn their attention to the semi-finals next weekend for a chance to play in the Grand Final on July 7. Head coach Karen Greig said: "I'm happy to take the win. "The game had a lot of positives, we played some awesome netball, moved the ball around well, moved around the circle well and put Bath under a lot of physical pressure. "We were just wasteful with turnover at times. "I thought the game was brutal, both ... More

Thunder to celebrate Rainbow Laces LGBT campaign at Team Bath game

Manchester Thunder will show their support for the Rainbow Laces campaign at their final regular home game against Team Bath. The Black and Yellows will go multi-coloured for the match, to mark Stonewall's initiative to support LGBT equality and inclusivity in sport. It is the second time the squad, staff, volunteers and fans will embrace the campaign, with the players tying their trainers with special Rainbow Laces. Head coach Karen Greig said: "You look at the LGBT community and how much more accepted it is these days and it's important that we show that as a sport and as a franchise. "We want people to come along to the game in bright clothes and fancy dress and support a really great cause." Thunder, who have already qualified for the play-offs, take on Team Bath at the Thunderdome on 23 June, and it is expected to be a pulsating game, with final standing in the Superleague table still to play for. The top two sides will guarantee a home semi final on 30 ... More

Match report: Surrey Storm 46 Manchester Thunder 70

.Manchester Thunder powered to a comfortable win over Surrey Storm in their last away game of the regular Superleague season. Coach Karen Greig was pleased with the 'class' of her players tonight, and for the opportunity to see all 12 of her squad take to the court. "I'm really happy with that. For 95 per cent of the game we played with some real class," she said "The intensity and purpose was there from the first whistle and we carried that right through for the majority of the game. "The players stuck to gameplan and we tweaked a few things, and started to get a lot more turnover ball and that  showed with a 12-0 start at the start of the third quarter." Controlled Thunder patiently played their way into the game, with a steady and controlled tempo, doing the basics by the book and waiting for Surrey errors. And once they came, Thunder were in particularly bullish mood, moving the ball with urgency from defence to attack, with Kerry Almond and Emma Dovey ... More

Match preview: Thunder visit Surrey for last away game of regular season

Manchester Thunder head to Surrey Storm knowing a victory will secure their spot in the Superleague Top Four. The Black and Yellows are looking to end the regular season as high up the table as possible, with a top-two finish guaranteeing a home semi-final spot. They head to Storm on the back of a 48-68 win over a Celtic Dragons, a gutsy performance from a Welsh team Thunder boss Karen Greig described as 'wounded' following a difficult season. Storm may be out of the race for the play-offs, but they are expected to be a solid test for Thunder, with the pressure all on the visitors to get points on the board. Looking ahead to Saturday's game and reflecting on the unconvincing Dragons win, Greig said "We need to start again, to be honest. "We've had a couple of days to recover and reflect and look at video. "Storm will pose us a real threat on Saturday and we need to go back to the drawing board and rebuild, getting a real solid gameplan in place for the game on ... More

Match report: Manchester Thunder 68 Celtic Dragons 48

Manchester Thunder ground out a win over Celtic Dragons at The Thunderdome. The Black and Yellows were simply brilliant and slick in patches but equally disappointing in their decision-making and composure throughout the game. "It was frustrating," head coach Karen Greig said. "Dragons obviously came out with a game plan tonight and they really challenged us well. "But I thought we were very inconsistent  and we keep saying that we have flashes of brilliance but some of our decisions were poor and we didn't reward ourselves in attack after the hard work that we'd done in defence. "But then in then I don't think we were turning over enough ball, either. To be able to make it count." Thunder took a while to find their groove, but once they did, it was a show of blistering pace, especially in attack. Dragons were competitive and matched their hosts across court for the opening few minutes, but Thunder were ruthless when they won turnover, and Liana Loeta was ... More

Match report: benecosMavericks 47 Manchester Thunder 52

Manchester Thunder took a huge step towards the play-offs with victory over benecosMavericks in Hertfordshire. Thunder had to dig deep to hold-off several comebacks from their hosts but the 47-52 win means they take three vital points back to Manchester. Head coach Karen Greig was happy to see her side get through a tough away game. "I'm happy to take the win and the three points," she said. "We flew out of the blocks in the first quarter and felt like we had enough ball to push out further. "Our full-court defensive effort was fantastic again, but we just didn’t reward ourselves as much as we would have liked. "We had real flashes of brilliance again but consistency eluded us at times. "We were put under immense pressure from Mavericks at times but we maintained our composure at key points which saw us take the win." High defence Thunder patiently grew into the game, soaking up the pressure and high defensive play from Mavercks, before forcing a duo of ... More

Match report: Manchester Thunder 53 Wasps 42

Manchester Thunder stormed to victory over defending champions Wasps at the Manchester Arena. Thunder took the 53-42 victory after an energy-sapping four quarters of intense netball to inflict a second defeat in a row on Wasps. The Black and Yellows were strong across court, but Malawian shooter Joyce Mvula was particularly impressive, and was deservedly named player of the match. Head coach Karen Greig believes Thunder's confident start set the tone for her side's performance today. "We started well and went ahead but didn't quite turn the screw," she said. "We were giving them too much space so I gave them a good talking to at quarter-time. "All over the court we tightened things up and started taking our chances in attack, and they just couldn't live with us." Greig was particularly impressed with Thunder's ability to halt Wasps' momentum in the second half, when the victors managed to cut Thunder's lead from 12 to five by three-quarter-time. She ... More