72 Results for year: 2019
Congratulations to Laura Malcolm, Eleanor Cardwell & Amy Carter who have been named by Jess Thirlby in the Vitality Roses squad for the Nations Cup next month.
Also, well done to Rebekah Airey who's been named in the England A squad - the side that will face New Zealand, South Africa and the Vitality Roses in various behind closed doors training matches in the lead up to the Vitality Netball Nations Cup.
Read the full England Netball announcement >>
Manchester Thunder won the Mike Greenwood Trophy on Saturday (14 December) after winning the Manchester Invitational Tournament at Platt Lane.
In a busy afternoon of Netball, the Superleague Champions won all their group games before facing Saracens Mavericks in the final.
The deciding game was a hard-fought contest between two impressive sides but Thunder ran out eventual winners by 49 points to 42.
Photos by Mark Pritchard
Manchester Thunder’s first outing of pre-season brought a commanding 59 goal win against Celtic Dragons in Deeside.
Karen Greig’s team made the short trip down the M56 into north Wales for the annual fixture and showed their class from the start limiting Dragons to just three goals in the first period while they piled 18 onto the scoreboard.
Thunder have had a consistent team over the last couple of year with a couple of changes for the 2020 season while Dragons have a much changed line up which included three former Thunder players Abby Tyrrell, Amy Clinton and Sophie Morgan. It showed as Dragons took time to settle and the black and yellows were dominant.
The many combination throughout the court were impressive. Captain Emma Dovey led the way with some well-timed interceptions, and well back up by Rebekah Airey. The speed through the court was phenomenal and Dragons simply couldn’t live with it. The partnership between Caroline O’Hanlon and Ash Neal looks slick ...
Clubs and Schools across the North West are taking advantage of the amazing opportunity to be joined by one of our players for an exclusive coaching session.
Our Community Programme Manager, the Superleague star Ashleigh Neal, has been to Lymm High School and Failsworth Netball Club in the past few weeks passing on skills, trips and tricks.
Don't miss out on the chance to have Ash, or one of our other netball stars, working alongside your players on your court. It's an experience you'll remember. It's one you can't afford to miss.
"It has been wonderful to meet the passionate netball girls from Failsworth, Altrincham U9's & Lymm High School so far. Everyone has been able to join in as skills and drills are catered to every ability and age group. I love meeting new girls and inspiring them to become better netballers on and off the court."
To find out more and arrange your session:
Contact Ash by emailing ashleigh@manchesterthunde...
Join us this December for an exciting pre-season tournament as the Vitality Superleague Netball Champions Manchester Thunder welcome Team Bath, Loughborough Lightning and Saracens Mavericks to Manchester for a Saturday afternoon of amazing netball as they compete for The Mike Greenwood Trophy.
With matches through the afternoon, culminating in the final at 6pm, it’s set to be an exciting pre-season event you won’t want to miss.
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We're completing our core squad of 10 for the Vitality Netball Superleague 2020 by confirming that Amy Carter is back with us for the new season.
The 21-year old mid-courter is part of the 2019
/2020 England Futures programme and excited to be back in black and yellow. She said:
"I'm really looking forward to the upcoming campaign and hopefully we can bring back the title to Manchester once again. I hope to see as many fans as possible at Belle Vue - get your tickets now!"
Karen Greig, Thunder Director of Netball, said:
"It’s great to have Amy with us for another season. She has been an integral part of the squad over the last two seasons and for someone so young she plays with great maturity. I'm excited to continue to work with her and see her develop further and impact this squad."
Amy's signing means our ten for 2020 is now complete...
Huge congratulations to Laura Malcolm and Eleanor Cardwell who have been selected by England Netball Head Coach Jess Thirlby for the Vitality Roses test series in South Africa later this month.
You can read the full squad and more about the Tour on the England Netball website >>
By Rona Hunnisett at The Copper Box for Manchester Thunder
Missed shots and powerplay opportunities hurt Manchester Thunder hard in this year’s British Fast5 All Stars competition, with the reigning Netball Superleague champions failing to reach the semi final stage of the competition.
However, there was much to applaud during the afternoon at London’s Copper Box, with the club’s new defensive line up of Loreen Ngwira, Rebekah Airey and Emma Dovey switching combinations effortlessly, and Thunder actually scoring their first win in the competition’s three year history!
After signing former Australian international shooter Erin Bell and Malawian midcourt dynamo Takonda Lwazi as All Stars for the tournament, hopes in the Thunder camp were high at the start of play, but failure to capitalise on powerplay opportunities hit the Manchester side hard in the first game of the day. During the two minute period, in which all points scored count double, Thunder’s azsKath...
Manchester Thunder, the reigning Vitality Netball Superleague champions, return to the court for the start of the 2019
-20 season tomorrow (Saturday 12 October) at the season's opening competition, the British Fast-5 All Stars Championships.
And, while the champions have not traditionally done well in this, the shortened form of the game, head coach Karen Greig is excited for the challenge ahead:
"As a squad, we're really looking forward to the Fast-5 competition: we've had a solid three weeks of training, and while last night's session was the first with all our players, including our overseas All Stars, things really came together well. I'm excited for what we'll be putting out on court tomorrow."
Fast-5 is a shortened version of traditional netball, featuring teams of five players (instead of seven), with 12 minute games, rolling substitutions, powerplays and increased scoring opportunities via a bigger shooting zone. Greig is feeling confident about the Thunder ...
We're backing the NSPCC's Parents in Sport Week (7-13 October) which promotes positive parental involvement in youth sport and encourages parents to ensure they're fully involved with what their child is doing.
Debbie Hallas, Manchester Thunder Managing Director, said:
“A huge amount of time and effort goes into safeguarding at Manchester Thunder and at the many brilliant netball clubs we have across the North West but it’s important parents are part of those efforts. I would absolutely encourage all parents to sign up to the NSPCC’s Sports Parents Promise so they know who to ask, know what to ask and know what to do to keep their child safe.
“As a mum, as a netballer and as Manchester Thunder’s Managing Director, I know the huge benefits young people get from being involved in any sport. But the most important thing for all of us is to keep them safe. This campaign and these efforts are another important step forward in ensuring they are.”
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