Manchester Thunder's young stars head to Nottingham for England Netball's NPL Tournament between Thursday 25 and Sunday 28 July.
The annual competition has under-17, under-19 and under-21 events where teams from Vitality Netball Superleague franchises, home nations and other high-performance programmes compete.
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Manchester Thunder Squads
Manchester Thunder held their own in what was perhaps the surprise match of the week, but eventually succumbed to a 62-94 defeat after a gruelling final two quarters.
Ears pricked up and eyes were locked in as Australia opened proceedings in Manchester and Laura Malcolm flew in with an early interception off the first centre pass. After yesterday's defeat at the hands of England Roses, Thunder could be forgiven for looking a bit tired. But on the contrary, the Black and Yellows looked alert and spritely and the game was an open playing field for the first fifteen minutes.
The crowd were treated to some new faces in the Thunder squad as the four Diamonds training partners, Emily Mannix, Tegan Philip, Gabi Simpson and Kate Moloney teamed up with the existing Thunder squad to ensure that all the Diamonds got a hit out on court. The Aussies were missing captain Caitlin Bassett due to a concussion, it was announced this morning, but her presence on the sideline didn't ...
Manchester Thunder took on England Roses in their second of three matches where they 'take on the world' as part of the build up to the Netball World Cup. With only one week left before the World Cup gets underway, Tracey Neville's England Roses put on a impressive display of netball to beat Thunder 38-75.
England got off to a flying start, with an early turnover on Thunder's centre pass, they managed to tally up five goals before Thunder got a look in. A couple of mistakes from Thunder got them off to a shaky start, England were unforgiving in attack and it was already clear that the packed out Belle Vue crowd were in for a feast of quality netball.
Thunder fans will of been pleased to see the return of Kathryn Turner and Liana Leota to the team sheet after they missed the match up earlier this week against Jamaica due to illness. Leota caused trouble for England, feeding the shooters well and opening up the gaps for Thunder to take advantage. But England's ...
We're delighted to welcome a new addition to the Thunder Family as Alex Young joins us as our new Pathway Head Coach.
Alex joins with a wealth of experience in similar roles having led the successful Yorkshire Pathway where they saw a resurgence of athletes selected for the National Academy.
Alex's hard work was rewarded with her appointment as England U17 Head Coach and she them through a successful Netball Europe event.
She brings a passionate and enthusiastic nature and is competitive to the core.
"I’m really excited to be a part of the Manchester Thunder family. Working in performance sport is my passion and I’m looking forward to working with some of the best athletes in the country, within the best Superleague team.
"It’s an exciting time to be involved with the sport and I’m really grateful for the opportunity to work with Manchester Thunder and ready for the challenge."
Thunder's Director of Netball Karen Greig added:
"I'm so excited ...
Supporters at Sunday’s World Cup warm-up between the Australian Diamonds and Manchester Thunder will get a chance to see some special additions to the Thunder side.
The Australian Diamonds four training partners will be available for Karen Greig to call on to boost the Superleague Champions.
Tegan Philip (GA/GS), Kate Moloney (C/WA), Gabi Simpson (WD/C) and Emily Mannix (GK/GD) will be looking to gain valuable court time ahead of the start of the World Cup in Liverpool so they are ready should they be called upon during the tournament.
Thunder will, of course, be without Caroline O’Hanlon and Joyce Mvula who are in World Cup preparations with Northern Ireland and Malawi. But, fans will be able to see many regulars in action alongside the Australian Diamonds training partners.
Tickets are still available for the game at Belle Vue on Sunday (first centre pass 1.30pm). They’re available at http://bit.ly/ausvthunder.
Netball is back in Manchester. But this time it's with a difference, as Manchester Thunder took on Jamaica's Sunshine Girls at the Wright Robinson in the build up to the Netball World Cup. On the day after the International Netball Federation announced that Jamaica have moved up the world rankings to 2nd, Thunder were put through their paces in their first outing since 'that' Superleague Final win.
Thunder started brightly, with an early turnover on Jamaica's centre pass they managed to bag three goals back to back. But the International giants were soon back in the running and it wasn't long before they overtook Thunder. Displaying plenty of skill with first time World Cup selectee Shamera Sterling, as well as experience in the form of Jhaniele Fowler, who scored an incredible 783 goals for her Australian Suncorp Super League team, West Coast Fever, last season.
Thunder held their own, Jamaica scored 20 goals in the first quarter, no mean feat. Although ...