Versatile Australian Ashleigh Neal is joining Manchester Thunder for the defence of their Vitality Netball Superleague title in 2020.
The 30-year old, who plays at Wing Attack, Centre and Goal Attack has signed for the Champions from London Pulse.
Ash has been part of the UK Superleague for some time - playing with Mavericks and Team Northumbria before joining the new London franchise last season.
She will play a key role both on and off court at Thunder and will work on developing links and promoting netball in communities across the North West.
Speaking about her move to Manchester, Ash said:
"I’m super excited and honoured to be joining the Thunder family to help them defend their title in 2020.
"One of my passions is to encourage the future generation of netball stars to be spotted and developed and that's something I can't wait to be part of in Manchester and across the North West.
"I look forward to meeting all the Thunder fans and young netballers across ...
Congratulations to the 17 Manchester Thunder players named in England Netball's U21 and Roses Academy squads which have been announced today.
Eight from Thunder are part of the U21 long squad chosen by England U21 Head Coach Karen Greig:
Meanwhile, nine from Thunder, are part of the Roses Academy programme for 2019/2020:
We're thrilled to say that Kathryn Turner is the latest player to re-sign for Thunder.
The influential 26-year old shooter will be back for her 11th season in 2020 as we look to defend our title.
Kathryn is the second player confirmed to be back at Thunder after Laura Malcolm’s re-signing was announced earlier this month.
Speaking about her decision to return, Kathryn Turner said:
“I’m delighted to be back at Manchester Thunder for my 11th season. Time has certainly flown! Winning the Superleague was an amazing experience with an amazing group of players, it’s brilliant to return for another year and we’re determined to do all we can to defend our title.”
Thunder Director of Netball Karen Greig added:
“Kathryn has been a crucial part of our rebuilding over the past three years and unstoppable at times in the GA position. I couldn’t be happier to have her back for 2020.
“She showed in the incredible 2019 Grand Final that she can step up for the big games and ...
Our Performance Pathway coaching team have selected Thunder's U15 squad for the U15 Netball Performance Competition which takes place at Wolverhampton University between 30th August – 1st September.
The squad is:
Congratulations to all those selected.
The competition will be streamed on the England Netball YouTube channel, which can be found here.
The competition schedule can be found here.
The Vitality Netball Superleague will return for its 15th year on Saturday, 22 February, 2020 with a new look Season Opener.
It's been announced that this season the opening round will be in addition to the normal 18 rounds and the fixtures for this extra round are determined by where teams finished last season.
That means that we will take on second place Wasps Netball, third place Team Bath will play Loughborough Lightning and so on. The matches will take place at the Arena Birmingham. Our clash with Wasps will be the last one in the day - at 5pm.
The additional round will contribute to the regular season and count towards each club total points, the other 18 rounds will see teams play each other home and away, deciding who finishes in the top four to fight for a place in the Grand Final.
The additional round means that we'll play nine home fixtures and nine away fixtures as well as the Season Opener.
The fixtures are as follows:
11:00 - Strathclyde Sirens v ...
Thunder’s Laura Malcolm will be back in black and yellow for the 2020 season as the England Rose re-signs for the Superleague Champions.
The 28-year old, who played a key role in the title-winning 2019 campaign, rejoined Thunder last year and provided strong leadership on and off court.
She has recently been selected to be one of 29 players on England Netball’s Vitality Roses programme for the 2019-2020 season and is Thunder’s first signing for 2020 since the Superleague’s six-month long signing window opened a week ago.
“After what was an incredible season, I can't wait to be back at Manchester Thunder for the 2020 campaign!
“The atmosphere from the crowd at some of our games this season was the best I've ever experienced and I'm looking forward to getting on court in front of the crazy Thunder fans again!”
Thunder’s Director of Netball Karen Greig added:
“I am delighted Laura has re-signed with Thunder for the 2020 Superleague ...
We're delighted that four of Manchester Thunder's Superleague-winning 2018-19 squad have been named in the Roses programme for 2019-20.
Congratulations to Rebekah Airey, Eleanor Cardwell and Laura Malcolm on being named in the P1 or P2 Roses programme and to Amy Carter for being selected for the Roses Futures programme.
Thunder's Director of Netball Karen Greig said:
"Having four of our core squad of 10 from 2018-2019 being given a place in the Vitality Roses programme for 2019-20 is recognition of the sheer hard work and determination shown by Rebekah, Eleanor, Laura and Amy over the past few months. They are players who make their mark both on and off court and deserve this recognition by Jess and the Roses team."
Jess Thirlby, Vitality Roses Head Coach, said:
“I would like to congratulate all athletes on their selection into the Roses programme. It is wonderful to have so much talent in our Roses and Futures programme. There are a lot of exciting international ...