By Rona Hunnisett at The Copper Box for Manchester Thunder
Missed shots and powerplay opportunities hurt Manchester Thunder hard in this year’s British Fast5 All Stars competition, with the reigning Netball Superleague champions failing to reach the semi final stage of the competition.
However, there was much to applaud during the afternoon at London’s Copper Box, with the club’s new defensive line up of Loreen Ngwira, Rebekah Airey and Emma Dovey switching combinations effortlessly, and Thunder actually scoring their first win in the competition’s three year history!
After signing former Australian international shooter Erin Bell and Malawian midcourt dynamo Takonda Lwazi as All Stars for the tournament, hopes in the Thunder camp were high at the start of play, but failure to capitalise on powerplay opportunities hit the Manchester side hard in the first game of the day. During the two minute period, in which all points scored count double, Thunder’s azsKath...
Manchester Thunder, the reigning Vitality Netball Superleague champions, return to the court for the start of the 2019-20 season tomorrow (Saturday 12 October) at the season's opening competition, the British Fast-5 All Stars Championships.
And, while the champions have not traditionally done well in this, the shortened form of the game, head coach Karen Greig is excited for the challenge ahead:
"As a squad, we're really looking forward to the Fast-5 competition: we've had a solid three weeks of training, and while last night's session was the first with all our players, including our overseas All Stars, things really came together well. I'm excited for what we'll be putting out on court tomorrow."
Fast-5 is a shortened version of traditional netball, featuring teams of five players (instead of seven), with 12 minute games, rolling substitutions, powerplays and increased scoring opportunities via a bigger shooting zone. Greig is feeling confident about the Thunder ...
We're backing the NSPCC's Parents in Sport Week (7-13 October) which promotes positive parental involvement in youth sport and encourages parents to ensure they're fully involved with what their child is doing.
Debbie Hallas, Manchester Thunder Managing Director, said:
“A huge amount of time and effort goes into safeguarding at Manchester Thunder and at the many brilliant netball clubs we have across the North West but it’s important parents are part of those efforts. I would absolutely encourage all parents to sign up to the NSPCC’s Sports Parents Promise so they know who to ask, know what to ask and know what to do to keep their child safe.
“As a mum, as a netballer and as Manchester Thunder’s Managing Director, I know the huge benefits young people get from being involved in any sport. But the most important thing for all of us is to keep them safe. This campaign and these efforts are another important step forward in ensuring they are.”
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