Manchester Thunder were dominant from the first whistle as they flew straight out of the blocks in the first quarter, taking the lead from an early stage. They displayed control and speed under persistent pressure from Sirens who looked confident in attack with Cat Tuivaiti at the helm.
Thunder demonstrated composure from the first quarter, Caroline O’Hanlon and Laura Malcolm showcasing some first-rate combinations. The two fed the shooters well throughout and O’Hanlon was, unsurprisingly, dubbed Player of the Match by Tracey Neville, who was in attendance at Belle Vue.
Sirens struggled to get into the game during the first half and, despite the efforts of Gia Abernethy and Claire Maxwell, they were unable to find an opening to release Cat Tuivaiti.
Sirens scrambled and there were moments of brilliance from Tuivaiti, much to the delight of the crowd. Including one spectacular ‘over the head’ pass, her trademark trick since the Super 10s.
Eleanor Cardwell has visited leading Manchester Thunder partner UAP ahead of the new season.
The home security and lock specialist, based in Whitefield, is a primary partner of the Vitality Netball Superleague franchise under its corporate brand, UAP and product brand, Fullex. It has been a key sponsor of the Thunder squad since 2016.
Greeted by chief financial officer, Bonnie Hodson; group commercial director, Tim Fairley and commercial director, Pat Rice, Eleanor met with members of the UAP team and explored the company’s product development and testing facility.
UAP commercial director, Pat Rice, said:
"UAP has a long history of supporting local sporting teams, community activities and charities. It is with immense pleasure that we continue our support of Manchester Thunder as netball continues its worthy rise in both national participation and global recognition."
Eleanor Cardwell said:
"Everyone is talking about netball at the moment. This year is going to be ...
Match report by Thunder's Jess Anderson. Photographs by Thunder's Eliza Morgan.
Thunder got off to a flying start at the Arena Birmingham in this highly anticipated fixture, the last of the day at the Super 10 opening day of the season.
There was plenty of shooting on show at both ends of the court with Thunder’s trusty attacking duo Kathryn Turner and Joyce Mvula under the post.
The combination of Kadeen and Sasha Corbin along with shooter George Fisher proved a success as Mavericks kept pace with Thunder through the first quarter.
But Thunder’s defensive quality in Kerry Almond and Emma Dovey emerged in the second quarter with the Corbin sisters unable to find the right combinations to get past Thunder’s defensive wall.
Almond’s numerous interceptions proved crucial throughout the second quarter, squashing any Mavericks attempt to get the ball in the D.
Mavs came into their own somewhat in the third quarter, chasing Thunder for every point and showcasing ...
Manchester Thunder have completed their squad for the 2019 season signing five training partners for the new Vitality Netball Superleague campaign.
Altrincham-based defender Paige Kindred returns after a season at the now defunct Team Northumbria, offering versatility to the squad as she covers all defensive positions.
18-year-old Elia McCormick shores up the defence and looks a great prospect for the future after strong displays in preseason. The feisty defender is a pathway success story and has impressed head coach Karen Greig enough to give her a shot in the Superleague this season.
Oldham stalwart Maria McAndrew is back in the fold after a five year break from Superleague. The wing attack’s last campaign saw her take away a winners medal as she was part of the 2012 championship winning squad.
Joining her in the centre court is youngster Amelia Hall, who makes the step up from the youth ranks. Hall was also part of the U21 winning squad in 2018 and also offers ...
Super 10 returns this Saturday in what will be a blockbuster year for netball.
The Vitality Netball Superleague is back with a feast of netball, five back to back fixtures will be screened live on Sky Sports Mix as all 10 teams descend on the Arena Birmingham.
Manchester Thunder take on Saracens Mavericks in the final and most anticipated fixture of the day at 7pm. The black and yellows have kept hold of the nucleus of their squad, strengthening with the return of shooter Eleanor Cardwell making up probably the most formidable front line in the league. Mid-courter Laura Malcolm also makes a come-back, while former Thunder youth player Rebekah Airey moves back to the north west from Loughborough Lightning.
The Hertfordshire-based outfit have also recruited well in the off-season with the arrival of former players George Fisher and the Commonwealth gold medal winner Kadeen Corbin. While dogged defender Jo Tripp made the move across London from rivals Surrey Storm.