6 Results for month: 10/2018

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

Jump for Joyce! Mvula back in Manchester

Manchester Thunder have secured Malawi shooter Joyce Mvula for the 2019 Superleague season. Mvula has committed to the Black and Yellows for a third season. The 24-year-old will be Thunder's import player for the campaign, after impressing in her first two seasons. Mvula, who won two awards at the Thunder 2018 Awards ceremony, including Players' Player of the Year, said: "I can't wait to come back to play in front of the best crowd in the Superleague. "This is going to be OUR season!" Debbie Hallas, Manchester Thunder managing director, said: "We are delighted Joyce will be playing for us again next season. "She really grew in confidence in 2018 and I can't wait to see what she can bring in 2019." More

Emma Dovey returns as Thunder Captain

Experienced Manchester Thunder defender Emma Dovey has signed up to play for the Black and Yellows in 2019. Dovey, 27, will lead Thunder in her third season as captain. The Lancashire-born player's form in recent Superleague seasons has earned her a call-up to the England Roses Fast5 World Series squad, with the tournament taking place in Australia at the end of the month. Dovey, who has played at Thunder for her whole senior career, took over the captaincy from Sara Bayman in 2016. She said: "I'm back again! I'm really looking forward to this season, my third as captain. "I'm looking forward to playing again with some of our old faces and hope to see you all down at Belle Vue, our new home arena." Manchester Thunder managing director Debbie Hallas said: "We were keen to get Emma back in the Thunder dress for next season as her experience and leadership is a vital component in making the squad gel together. "She's been loyal to Thunder for so long and I'm sure the ... More