4 Results for month: 12/2018

Leading insurance firm unveils new policy to invest in netball

Leading North West insurance firm C&C Insurance Brokers is investing in the future of one of the UK’s fastest growing sports. The Stockport based business has signed up to a new two-year sponsorship deal with Superleague team Manchester Thunder Netball and follows an amazing year for the sport. For the first time, the England team snatched victory against Australia at the Commonwealth Games, winning Gold by just one point to beat Australia 52-51 in the final. The team’s achievements in Australia resulted in them winning two awards at this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year show. Popularity is growing across the UK too. In 2018, spectator numbers at Manchester Thunder grew by over a third over the 2017 season and in 2019 the majority of games will be at their new home, Belle Vue, which has capacity to double the number of spectators. 2019 also sees the Netball World Cup take place in the North West with the world’s best players travelling to Liverpool in ... More

Pre-Season Match Report: Thunder 63 – Strathclyde Sirens 49

Manchester Thunder recorded another impressive pre-season victory defeating Strathclyde Sirens 63-49. Despite a slow start Karen Greig’s side, edged ahead assisted by some flashes of brilliance from Kiwi wing attack Liana Leota. At the first break there were just two goals between the teams 16-14. In the second quarter, Greig rang the changes wanting to look at different combinations. Cardwell came on for Turner at goal attack, Laura Malcolm for Caroline O’Hanlon at centre and Paige Kindred replaced Rebekah Airey at goal defence. Clearly keen to impress Thunder’s new line up quickly motored through the gears and Sirens had no answer as they were beaten 20-9 in the quarter with the accumulative score 36-23. Another raft of changes in the second half saw Turner, O’Hanlon & Airey return with Malcolm moving to wing defence, and Cardwell to goal shooter. We also got to see the return of Maria McAndrew to the court for the first time since being part of the 2012 grand ... More

Pre-Season Match Report: Celtic Dragons 48 – Thunder 80

Thunder were emphatic in Deeside on Saturday (8 December) with a scintillating performance beating Celtic Dragons by 32 goals, 48-80. They started on fire taking an early 3-0 lead and you could quickly see Thunder meant business with fast fluid play between O’Hanlon, Leota and Turner. Their service to Eleanor Cardwell was second to none as they went into the first break leading 13-20. In the second quarter Amy Carter replaced O’Hanlon at centre and Airey came on for Kerry Almond at goal keeper. The flow of the game slowed a little as the teams looked to suss each other out and it became a little scrappy, but Thunder found another gear and Dragons became frustrated. The black and yellows went into the half time break extending their lead to 13 goals 13-26. If Dragons weren’t frustrated enough, coach Karen Greig brought on Joyce Mvula at goal shooter and O’Hanlon and Almond returned at centre and goal keeper respectively. The third quarter also saw youngster Elia ... More

Dan Ryan returns to Manchester Thunder

Dan Ryan is rejoining the Manchester Thunder coaching line-up for the 2019 Vitality Netball Superleague season. The Australian 34-year old was the team’s Director of Netball for the 2016 campaign where he took Thunder to the Grand Final. His success in the UK saw him being headhunted by Adelaide Thunderbirds in the Suncorp Super Netball league where he spent two seasons as Head Coach. He has now moved into international coaching recently becoming Head Coach of eighth-ranked Northern Ireland ahead of next year’s Netball World Cup in Liverpool. While based in the UK, Dan will work alongside Thunder’s Director of Netball Karen Greig as an Assistant Coach and will supplement the elite programme, offering workshops to coaches and players from across the North West. Dan Ryan said: “I’m so excited to be rejoining my Thunder family. I love this club and have so many fond memories from the 2016 season, so I can’t wait to reconnect with everyone again. “Karen has ... More