We’re excited to be able to name our on court leadership team for the Vitality Netball Superleague 2020.
As the Thunder team return to training with just weeks until the new season begins, Head Coach Karen Greig has chosen three players who will be pivotal to the title defence.
Emma Dovey will continue as Captain with Kathryn Turner named as Co-Vice Captain once again.
The retirement of Kerry Almond means a new face was needed for the leadership group, and the coaching team and Emma have decided to appoint Laura Malcolm to be alongside Kathryn as Co-Vice Captain.
Karen Greig said:
“Emma has proved to be as effective a leader as she is a player over the past few years and I’m delighted she is continuing as Captain. A Head Coach needs a Captain on court they can trust and in Emma I definitely have that.
“Kathryn is a stalwart for us in attack and provides strong leadership backing up Emma and supporting every single player. She deserves her continued role ...
Congratulations to Amy Carter who made her Vitality Roses debut last night in the Netball Nations Cup. She was one of the trio of Thunder players in Jess Thirlby's side alongside Laura Malcolm and Eleanor Cardwell.
Thunder Head Coach Karen Greig said:
“Having three Manchester Thunder players take to the court for the Vitality Roses was a proud moment for us all with Laura, Eleanor and Amy performing brilliantly for their country.
“I’m particularly thrilled for Amy winning her first cap. I have seen few other players with the commitment and determination she has so she more than deserves this opportunity.”
We go on the road for our next pre-season friendly taking a home game to the infamous netball town of Oldham.
Thunder will take on Surrey Storm at Oldham Leisure Centre on Saturday 8th February in their final game before the season opener on the 22nd February.
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Mikki Austin’s side make the trip north having pushed Superleague runners up Wasps close in a thriller at Surrey Sports Park on Saturday, losing out by just 4 goals 46-50.
Head Coach Karen Greig said:
“We look forward to welcoming Mikki and her squad for our final preseason friendly before the league starts. From all reports Storm gave Wasps a run for their money at the weekend and will provide a strong opposition for us which is great preparation ahead of the Season Opener.”
“I am looking forward to us playing in my home town of Oldham where I started my own ...
Alicia Scholes, daughter of the Manchester United and England legend Paul, has been named as a member of the Thunder squad for the 2020 Vitality Netball Superleague season.
The 18-year old is called up to the senior squad for the first time and will be a training partner for the new campaign.
Thunder are the defending Champions, having won the 2019 Superleague title in May, and are counting down to the start of the season next month.
Alicia, who plays at centre and wing attack, has been part of the Thunder youth set-up for some time, and making it to the highest level is something her proud dad never doubted she would achieve:
Paul Scholes said:
"We knew from aged 6 or 7 when she first started playing at the ball hall in Failsworth - she had a team of friends and they were hammering everyone! We knew she had ability then, that she was talented and she’s still as dedicated now."
As well as being in the Superleague squad, Alicia will be part of Thunder's U21 team ...
Thunder marched in to the New Year with two solid wins in a pre-season triple-header at Belle Vue on Saturday 11 January.
Coach Karen Greig spoke of wanting to try out a number of different combinations and did just that in wins over Severn Stars (67-48) and a 57-39 victory over Strathclyde Sirens.
With the games split into six 10-minute periods, Thunder pulled ahead early in against Severn Stars leading 15 – 7 after the first period.
Karen said, “ I am pleased with the overall result. We were really good at times but were inconsistent and rusty during other sets of play. It was good to be able to try out different combinations of players, which we are going to need this season but we need to build on what was out there. Stick to the game plan; keep it simple and open up the court”
Severn Stars and Sirens played each other in a tight contest that finished 45 – 41 to the Stars, having been neck and neck for most of the hour.
Thunder took to the court again to ...
We're delighted to be able to confirm the final five members of our 2020 Vitality Netball Superleague squad as we name our Training Partners.
Congratulations to Lois, Elia, Berri, Ella & Alicia on their selection. We'll tell you more about them in the coming weeks...