Manchester Thunder secured their second win from two games in the Vitality Netball Superleague - but they faced a tough battle to beat a determined Severn Stars side at the University of Worcester Arena.
After an encouraging start with Eleanor Cardwell continuing her great form, Stars finally found their groove and started to push Thunder all the way. A couple of stray feeds and a missed shot let the home side right back in the game with only a late Cardwell goal separating the teams at the end of the first quarter 13-14.
Coach Karen Greig brought on Caroline O’Hanlon at centre for the second quarter and after a goal for goal start to the quarter the black and yellows started to pull away increasing their lead to four at the half time break 26-30.
Greig rang the changes for the third quarter bringing on Malawi Queen Joyce Mvula at goal shooter, Amy Carter on to wing defence and Rebekah Airey to goal keeper. Dovey did her best to drive her team forward but the ball was ...
Manchester Thunder started the defence of their Vitality Netball Superleague title in the best possible way at the Season Opener by beating last year's defeated finalists, Wasps, by 62 points to 55.
It was Wasps Netball’s veteran mid-courter Jade Clarke who got this tie underway but Thunder managed to get the first goal of this contest, 1-0.
The champions found themselves narrowly ahead but managed to pull away after the first 15 minutes as Amy Carter maintained high energy levels to ensure strong reception and communication across the court.
At the end of the first 15 minutes, Thunder had carved out a six-goal advantage but the likes of Amy Flanagan and Rachel Dunn were battling hard to keep within touching distance to their opposition. 17-11.
In the second quarter, England international Laura Malcolm proved her worth with a strong defensive performance. Wasps, however, were not giving into Thunder’s pressure.
Katie Harris narrowed the gap to four points ...
A blistering 2nd quarter saw Manchester Thunder secure a 72-50 victory over Surrey Storm in the final fixture before the start of the Super League season.
Both sides made errors in a patchy first 15 minutes that saw Thunder steal a narrow 4-point lead with some sharp shooting from Eleanor Cardwell. But it was in the 2nd quarter that Thunder really pulled ahead. Storm were unfortunate to lose shooter Karyn Bailey early in the 2nd after a collision in the circle, and Thunder took advantage with some fast turnovers to lead 41 – 22 at half time.
The 2nd half remained a close physical battle, with both sides rotating players but despite strong Surrey pressure that required solid circle defending from Lauren Nqwira and Emma Dovey, Thunder didn’t let their advantage slip.
Karen Greig praised the versatility of her side. “It is a fantastic result, to come away with a 22 goal win against a tough Surrey Storm team,” she said.
“They threw a lot at us today and gave us a lot ...
We’re excited to be able to announce two new faces to Manchester Thunder’s off court team which show our determination to grow and develop in the months and years ahead.
Joining Debbie Hallas, as our Managing Director, and David Jennings on the Manchester Thunder Board will be Gary Young and Caroline Rogers.
Gary joins as a Non-Executive Director responsible for strategic development. He brings with him a wealth of commercial, business development and digital transformation expertise and will support the team’s ambitious growth strategy.
Caroline becomes our new Franchise Director responsible for the day-to-day operations of Thunder. In addition, she will work closely with the Board to grow the commercial side of the business, bringing in more investment to the franchise and exploring opportunities.
She has an impressive and extensive range of experience in operational delivery of world class sporting events, having previously worked for the ICC Cricket World ...