It was a steady start to proceedings in Cardiff as Manchester Thunder and Celtic Dragons battled it out to break the other's centre pass, but in the end it was Thunder who came out firmly on top to bounce back from last week's defeat.
It took Thunder the first ten minutes of the opening quarter to find their rhythm and break the 'to me - to you' pattern the game had fallen into.
But as the clock ran down Thunder were able to pull away and ended the first quarter eight goals to the good thanks to the efforts of star shooters Joyce Mvula and Kathryn Turner.
An early lead for Thunder meant that Dragons would have to come up with a response if they were to have a chance of breaking Thunder's early confidence and edging their way back into the game.
Dragons swapped Clare Elsley for Lucy Howells at WD and the change proved effective as Howells managed to placate some of Amy Carter and Liana Leota's feeds to the shooters.
Thunder started ...
Manchester Thunder suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of a persistent Loughborough Lightning.
It was bound to be a tough evening for the Black and Yellows - the last time they met Lightning was in last season's semi-final where Thunder fell to defeat to lose out on a sport in the grand final.
Both Thunder and Lightning faced a tough opening quarter as neither team were able to break the deadlock. Each side struggled to turn over the ball effectively resulting in a stalemate heading into the second quarter.
Thunder managed to edge a lead in the second quarter after some hard work and resilience in the face of a dogged Lightning. Natalie Panagarry posed a real threat to Thunder's system at WD and Mary Nubas Cholhok was unstoppable under the post.
Former Lightning player Rebekah Airey started at GK and was put through her paces by Lightning's shooters, Cholhok and Ella Clark, but managed to hold her own and partnered ...
Manchester Thunder will be hoping to fly out of the blocks on Saturday as they entertain Loughborough Lightning at Belle Vue.
Thunder have been able to maintain their 100% record so far this season, after a tricky away trip last weekend. They will undoubtedly be hoping to build on a slow burner of a performance against Severn Stars, who were also defeated by Lightning in Round 2 of the Superleague season.
Lightning have been unable to find their feet so far this season, despite being the 2018 runners up it has been an inconsistent start to their campaign. They have lost three out of five matches and have so far been unsuccessful on the road.
Lightning lost a handful of key players during pre-season, most notably, England Roses star Beth Cobden and Ugandan international shooter Peace Proscovia. They have since faced difficulties in trying to assert themselves as title contenders.
Rebekah Airey will face her former team for the first time this season on Saturday, ...
Manchester Thunder stunned Severn Stars with a third quarter domination to win 49-62 - but made hard work of it at The Worcester Arena.
The first quarter was almost like watching a game of tennis as both sides consistently traded turnovers, neither making use of their centre pass possession. Eleanor Cardwell earned herself a starting spot at goal shooter after an impressive display against Pulse earlier in the week, however, feeders Liana Leota an Caroline O’Hanlon struggled to find the shooter’s range early on.
The Stars defence were keeping the Thunder shooters quiet with Jodi-Ann Ward given the task of marking Kathryn Turner. At the first quarter break Thunder just edged the lead by a solitary goal 12-13.
Head Coach Karen Greig kept faith with the same seven for the start of the second quarter after a few home truths during the break. After nine minutes with the scores level she’d seen enough, and brought on Joyce Mvula at goal shooter with Cardwell moving to ...
Manchester Thunder travel to Severn Stars on Saturday with the plan to maintain their unbeaten record in the fourth match of the season.
After a tough game last week against Superleague newcomers London Pulse, the Black and Yellows will be hoping to bag another win against sixth place Stars.
Stars recorded their first win of the Superleague season against Celtic Dragons, evidently relieved at the return of their captain Maryka Holtzhausen.
They come into this game following a week away from the Superleague, after their fixture against Team Bath was cancelled due to the snow.
Thunder will hope to keep up the momentum of their season, the return of Liana Leota last week a welcome site to the Thunder crowd. Leota managed to get more than 45 minutes under her belt last week and is undoubtedly keen to get back on court once again this weekend.
However, with the strength that Thunder have coming off the bench this season, rest assured that that WA position will be in ...
Manchester Thunder showcased their quality in front of the Sky Sports cameras in a hard-fought 62-47 victory over Superleague newbies London Pulse.
Thunder were quick off the mark in the first quarter, the return of Liana Leota’s name to the team sheet proved a reassuring sight.
The position of WA has been held down well by Laura Malcolm in Leota’s absence, but it was certainly a welcome relief to see the partnership of Caroline O’Hanlon and Leota back in action.
Leota’s return and a start for Rebekah Airey at WD showed head coach Karen Greig was not afraid to shake up her starting seven.
Both shooters Kathryn Turner and Joyce Mvula enjoyed success under the post, with Turner maintaining a 100% shooting record deep into the second quarter, despite England Roses GD Ama Agbeze’s best efforts to quash Thunder’s lead.
Speed was the key in the first half and Thunder were able to take advantage of Pulse’s mistakes, rewarding themselves for their ...
Manchester Thunder take on newcomers London Pulse on Monday (4 February) in their third match of the season.
Thunder look ahead to the evening as ample opportunity to move up the Superleague table and keep the momentum high following last week’s impressive victory over Strathclyde Sirens.
The Black and Yellows will be looking to showcase their quality in front of the cameras, as the match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.
Pulse travel to Manchester following two consecutive defeats at their home venue. The first being a significant defeat to last year’s bottom place Celtic Dragons. The second, a frustrating, but not crushing loss at the hands of Superleague champions Wasps.
This, after they showed such promise in the opening match of the season at Super 10, capitalising on the mistakes of Severn Stars to claw their way back into the game and eventually beat Stars by two goals in an exciting last quarter comeback.
Pulse pose an attacking threat but in ...