Congratulations to Manchester Thunder's NPL squads at the NPL Tournament 2018 - they won two of the three competitions and were runners up in the third.
U21s - Winners
U19s - Runners Up
U17s - Winners
Congratulations to all our players and coaches!
Players, staff, volunteers and fans gathered at Hotel Football for the annual Manchester Thunder end of season awards dinner.
It was a night of celebration following another successful season, which saw Thunder finish third in the Superleague.
Thunder's rich and thriving Pathway system played a huge part in the night, with players from the u19s and u21s squads rewarded for their performances throughout the season.
Find all the winners below:
Superleague Players' Player of the Year Award 2018 - Joyce Mvula
Superleague Coaches' Player of the Year Award 2018 - Emma Dovey
Superleague Most Improved Player of the Year Award 2018 - Joyce Mvula
Pat Greenwood Commitment Award - Dani Bloomfield
NPL u21 Players' Player of the Year Award 2018 - Taylor Cullen
NPL u21 Coaches' Player of the Year Award 2018 - Amy Carter
NPL u21 Most Improved Player of the Year Award 2018 - Lois Pearson
NPL u19 Players' Player of the Year Award 2018 - ...
Sitting courtside, so close you can see the beads of sweat as the wing attack fires a feed into the shooter; you’re so close you can feel the sting of the fingers as the goal keeper swoops in and intercepts a pass to hand the momentum back to your team.
But you’re not a fan, you’re not enjoying every second of this pulsating goal-for-goal game. Because you’re a player watching on from the bench, desperate to be on court, thinking of shooting the winning goal, making that cross-court pass.
Kathryn Turner, Manchester Thunder’s starting goal attack, knows this feeling well.
Arguably the Superleague’s best player in her position for the last three seasons (an actual fact in 2017 as she was named in the league’s All Star IIV) it hasn’t exactly been easy street for the now 25-year-old to get to where she is now.
Her big breakthrough came 10 years ago, aged just 15, when she got the nod from her then-coach Mike Greenwood to be ready to play. It was a live Sky ...
Manchester Thunder have received a nomination in every possible category of the Vitality Netball Superleague Awards 2018.
Former Silver Fern Liana Leota has been shortlisted in the Player's Player of the Season Award while Joyce Mvula's strong second season in the Black and Yellows dress has bagged herself a nod in the Vitality Player of The Season Award.
Head coach Karen Greig is up against Wasps' Tamsin Greenway and Loughborough Lightning's Anna Carter for Coach of the Season, while Amy Carter could mark a stellar breakthrough year with a win in the Young player of the Season category.
The All-Star VII will also be picked after every Superleague player voted for their preferred athlete in each position.
Coach of the Season
This is awarded to a VNSL Coach (applies to all coaches, not just Head Coach) and is voted for by all teams’ coaches within VNSL.
The nominees are:
Anna Carter (Loughborough Lightning)
Tamsin Greenway (Wasps Netball)
Manchester Thunder fell just short of a place in the Superleague Grand Final after losing to Loughborough Lightning 59-50 in Leicester.
The Black and Yellows were gutsy and determined but Lightning weathered anything their visitors could throw at them, and will face Wasps in the final at the Copperbox on 7 July.
It was a pulsating semi-final, with Lightning repeatedly threatening to pull away but Thunder refused to let them get out of sight, defending doggedly and scoring difficult chances at the other end.
However, they were up against one of the league's top shooters in Peace Proscovia, who shot at 93% in the game and star defender Shamera Sterling was in imperious form, locked in a intense battle with Thunder's Joyce Mvula (who still managed to shoot at 94%).
Thunder did have considerable success in Lightning's attacking third, captain Emma Dovey leading the defensive line with tips and flying intercepts, while Amy Carter at wing defence was a thorn in Hannah ...