5 Results for month: 05/2019

Karen named as England U21 Head Coach

Our Director of Netball Karen Greig has been appointed by England Netball as the U21 Head Coach. She will take on the role in addition to her current duties at Thunder. Karen said: "Less than two weeks after that incredible day when we became the 2019 Vitality Netball Superleague Champions, I want to let every Thunder fan know that I am as committed to this team, and this franchise, as ever. My blood runs black and yellow, and it always will. "This is an exciting time for both Thunder and for our sport as a whole. By taking on the U21 Head Coach role, as well as being Thunder's Director of Netball, I look forward to being able to identify, develop and nurture England's netball stars of the future, something we do so well here at Thunder and across the North West." In addition, Sheonah Forbes, current Thunder Performance Pathway Head Coach, will move to take on the England Netball Pathway Head Coach role. Read England Netball's announcement here >> More

Manchester Thunder crowned Superleague Champions after epic showdown with Wasps

It was tense, it was gripping, it was unpredictable.  It had everything a final should have.  And best of all, it saw Manchester Thunder crowned the 2019 Netball Superleague Champions. It was a shaky start for the Black and Yellows, and they kept us waiting until the dying moments to seal the deal.  Wasps were classy and showed all the composure of the reigning champions.  The score swung from Wasps to Thunder, back to Wasps and back again.  Until eventually it landed safely in the hands of the Black and Yellows, who carried it over the line, willed on by the travelling Thunder Family. Thunder started poorly, losing possession on the first centre pass and falling behind by four goals, before Kathryn Turner opened the shooting with three minutes played.  Thunder were, at times, wasteful in possession and strived to force the turnover, only to lose the ball moments later thanks to a loose pass or error.  Wasps took no prisoners and punished Thunder for their ... More

Match Preview: The Grand Final

So, here we are.  The Grand Final.  It's been a tough old journey for Manchester Thunder to get here, but they've done it.  Through hard work, grit and determination, they've done it, and will face Wasps at the Copperbox on Saturday 18th May. Thunder started the season brightly, winning four games on the bounce.  But, there have been a couple of nerve-racking moments, where Thunder just made it that bit more difficult for themselves.  A shock loss against Severn Stars and both Team Bath and Loughborough Lightning getting the better of Thunder each time they met across the season.  The Black and Yellows cut it down to the wire to qualify for the semi-finals and secure a home semi-final. But, the moments of tension have been far out-weighed by the moments of brilliance.  Doing the double over reigning champions Wasps, once at the Ricoh Arena and the other on an electric night at the Thunderdome.  And, of course, securing their spot in the Grand Final with an emphatic ... More

Match Report: Manchester Thunder take huge win to secure all-important spot in Grand Final

Well, it was always going to be a gruelling night at the Thunderdome.  Manchester Thunder secured their place in the Grand Final after an explosive semi-final against Team Bath on Kerry Almond's last ever home game. It wasn't the greatest of starts for Thunder.  Bath managed to grab two early turnovers, one on the first centre pass of the game, to shake up the nerves.  Thunder looked a little apprehensive to begin with, and for a moment it seemed that the nerves may have affected them.  Given that Bath have won both games against the Black and Yellows this season, it wouldn't be a great shock to find out that Thunder were tense.  But it wasn't long before Almond made her first of many crucial interceptions, and Thunder were back in the game. Bath took a four goal lead in the opening ten minutes but once Thunder settled down, it was clear we had a game on our hands.  A big response from defensive duo Almond and Emma Dovey ensured Thunder were back in the running.  They ... More

Match Report: Thunder secure home semi-final with win over Surrey Storm

Manchester Thunder secured a home semi-final with a tight 55-60 victory at Surrey Sports Park. Surrey Storm threatened to upset the top four before the game and they almost did as Thunder looked nervous right from the start. All Superleague matches started at the same time and there was all to play for with four teams vying for three play off places. Thunder's attack initially looked disjointed and, along with missed shots, only nine goals were scored with Storm taking the quarter 13-9. Cardwell came on at goal attack the end of the first quarter and changed the game for Thunder, hungry for the ball and scoring goals she drove Thunder into the lead and Thunder went into the changing rooms four goals to the good 22-28. For the third quarter, Amy Carter replaced Caroline O’Hanlon at centre. Thunder looked like they were threatening to run away with the game but lost their flow and Storm edged their way back in. At three quarter time Storm were back in the lead 43-42 ... More