8 Results for month: 03/2019

Match Report: Manchester Thunder take sensational victory over Wasps

There are some matches that are difficult to put into words, even though there is so much to say.  That was this game.  Manchester Thunder took an unbelievable victory over Wasps in this top of the table clash. Thunder looked strong to start with.  The first quarter played out goal for goal until Thunder took the first crucial turnover, at which point the game began to open up and both sides were hitting each other on the break.  The turnovers were falling to Thunder and the goals were too. Kerry Almond enjoyed blocking out Rachel Dunn and the defensive combination of her and Emma Dovey played a decisive role.  Joyce Mvula was only too happy to reward their efforts at the other end.  Wasps struggled to find their stride as Thunder seemed to have the upper hand, and a flurry of goals in the last minute saw them leading by six goals at quarter time. Chance Wasps came into the second quarter with a point to prove.  They had already been defeated by this ... More

Preview: Thunder host Wasps in front of sell-out crowd

So, here it is, the one we've all been waiting for.  Manchester Thunder will take on Wasps at Wright Robinson, the original Thunderdome, on Saturday in front of a sell out home crowd. Thunder return to the Wright Robinson for the first time this season for this hotly anticipated fixture.  Both sides will undoubtedly be heading into this tie with an understanding that this game is huge.  Thunder sneaked to the top of the table last week as Wasps came agonisingly close, but eventually lost out, to Loughborough Lightning to record their second defeat in three games. The top of the table clash sees Thunder attempt to do the double over Wasps this season, while the Coventry based side will be out for revenge after the Black and Yellows outclassed them on their home turf just a couple of weeks ago. Given that both sides are level on points, separated on only goal difference, this fixture could break the deadlock and be a decisive turning point in each team's season and their ... More

Match Report: Saracens Mavericks 49 – Manchester Thunder 57

Manchester Thunder took the spoils in this hotly anticipated game against second-placed Saracens Mavericks 49-57. Manchester Thunder were slow out of the blocks with the Hertfordshire-based side finding goal shooter George Fisher way to easily and they edge the first quarter 16-15. The second quarter started in the same vein with Mavericks building an early five goal lead. But the black and yellows were in no mood to let Mavericks start the party. They started to find their form in the second quarter as the new combination, with Laura Malcolm at wing attack, started to gel. Thunder were hustling and hassling wherever they could and chipped away at Mavericks lead. Involving Mvula more in the game enabled Thunder to go into the half time break with a two-goal advantage 28-30. At half time neither team were bold enough to make any changes, and who could blame them in such a tight game. Karen Greig’s side slowly turned the screw on Mavericks and started to build a lead with ... More

MATCH REPORT: Manchester Thunder come off better in battle with Surrey Storm

It wasn't a perfect start for Manchester Thunder, who were sporting pink instead of their usual Black and Yellow in support of Cancer Research, but a dominant performance in the second and third quarters was enough to see off sixth place Surrey Storm. Thunder have faced the challenge of three consecutive away trips in the past two weeks, no doubt they were happy to be greeted by the home crowd at Belle Vue.  A dream-like victory over Wasps earlier in the week provided the back drop for the atmosphere at the home tie.   Frighten It took Thunder around ten minutes of the first quarter to settle into the game, they allowed Storm to take a five goal lead early doors.  But it was perhaps enough to frighten them into a performance, after a superb victory earlier in the week over top of the table Wasps, Thunder needed to keep the momentum high in front of the home crowd. An injury for Storm's Mikki Austin in the last minute of the first quarter was a blow to ... More

Our Pink Week Story – by Sarah Collins of Manchester’s NOOW17 Netball Team

We are proud to once again be dedicating a game to Cancer Research UK - and their fight against this cruel and all too common disease. At our game on Saturday against Surrey Storm we want you to wear pink and to donate to help the charity's work. To highlight the importance, here's Sarah Collins from Manchester's NOOW17 Netball Team with their story: Hello I want to tell you about Breast cancer awareness and netball in Manchester. What you need to take away from this whole true story is to ensure that you and the ladies in your life, forever more #FEELONTHE4TH! My best friend Sophie Southworth was diagnosed on the 4th July 2017 with Breast cancer. <remember the date> She had spotted a lump when in the shower, got it checked out and was diagnosed with breast cancer stage 2. On the night she told us we very upset and shocked, as was she understandably. It took her 2 days to even tell us. However Sophie and our friends have a little whats-app group called PMA. It ... More

Match Report: Wasps 55 – Thunder 64

Manchester Thunder flew out of the blocks at the Ricoh Arena to become the first team to defeat Wasps this season. Following a lacklustre performance against Team Bath last Friday, Thunder had a point to prove and Wasps were literally left in their wake as the ruthless northerners ripped away the Coventry-based team’s unbeaten run. There was no stopping the Thunder attack with Caroline O’Hanlon linking well with Liana Leota and they were finding shooters Kathryn Turner and particularly Joyce Mvula with ease. They found the ball was coming back with regularity as the defence pressured Wasps into mistakes and turned the ball over creating chance after chance for the firing attack. Emma Dovey and Laura Malcolm were keeping a high line and their vociferous defending was rewarded with Wasps only getting nine goals on the board with the first quarter ending 9-16. In the second quarter Thunder continued to mesmerise the Wasps defence, Mvula’s movement ensured she was an ... More

Match Preview: Thunder travel to Wasps for their third consecutive away trip

It's been a tough couple of weeks for Manchester Thunder, three away trips in the space of two weeks, as they travel to Coventry to play their rearranged game against top of the table Wasps. The defending Champions are unbeaten so far in their season campaign, coming into this clash off the back of a convincing victory over Strathclyde Sirens. Thunder head into the match in the hope of making a comeback, after a tough away trip to Team Bath last Friday saw them concede their first away defeat of the season. Thunder were unlucky to come away with the loss at Bath after a string of decisions went against them.  Bath were resilient in attack and Thunder struggled to take control in the early stages of the game, unable to recover as the game wore on.  Something they will have hoped to improve and build on in the short period between the two games. But back to back away trips is no mean feat, the Black and Yellows will have travelled no less than 1000 miles in the past ... More

Manchester Thunder lose out on physical battle with Team Bath

As expected, it was a tough night for Manchester Thunder, who were unable to maintain their 100% away record and prevent Team Bath from securing their first home victory of the season. From the first whistle to the last, it was a predictably physical battle between the two sides but it was Team Bath who put on an impressive display in front of a sell out home crowd at the University of Bath. Thunder took an early lead but were unconvincing at times and struggled to establish their presence on court.  Bath managed to find a rhythm and a system that worked and went ahead inside ten minutes. Pace The Black and Yellows were lacking their usual pace through the middle of the court and Rachel Shaw was able to slip away from Amy Carter to feed shooters Sophie Drakeford-Lewis and Kim Commane. Carter was swapped for Laura Malcolm for the start of the second quarter in an attempt to quash Bath's waves of attack.  The combinations between Mia Ritchie and Shaw were starting ... More