I hope you, your family and friends are staying safe and well during these unprecedented times. I wanted to write today to update you on what we're doing at Thunder to secure the future of our franchise amid the Coronavirus crisis.
From Friday 27 March, all 17 players and coaching staff employed by the franchise were furloughed through the government scheme to support businesses through the current unprecedented period.
This will ensure the business can continue to keep its on and off court team together and, once the restrictions on social distancing are lifted, resume our work.
For the franchise as a business, it means 80 per cent of our salary bill will be paid by the government. We have though committed to top up the remaining 20 per cent so our players and coaches continue to receive what they usually would.
We want to ensure we do everything we can to ensure that Manchester Thunder has a strong future once the national emergency measures are lifted and life, for us ...
Dear Thunder Family
Usually I would be writing for our matchday programme about how much we're looking forward to the weekend's game and having you cheer us on at Belle Vue.
But not this week - and probably not for some time.
So I wanted to write this email to you, to all our Thunder Family, to let you know that through these difficult and strange times, we're standing with you, as a team we're here to support you and you're never on your own.
No-one really knows what's going to happen over the next few weeks and I know that for many of you that's scary. But we'll get through it together.
Things will get back to normal. We'll get back to playing in front of you again at Belle Vue, we hope we'll get to continue our unbeaten start to the season and we know you'll be there to support us all the way.
But, until then, there are more important things and it's right we take a break from netball to focus on those. So, please make sure you're following the simple things ...
Dear Thunder Family,
You will be aware that the Vitality Netball Superleague Board announced the postponement of all fixtures on Sunday. Today, a further meeting was held and it has been decided the suspension of the league will last until 30 April when the latest situation will be assessed. You can read the full statement on the Superleague website >>
Given this announcement, and the decision from England Netball to also advise that all organised netball activities be suspended, we wanted to update you on our position:
Clearly, the decision means our next fixtures will not take place as planned. Ticket sales have been suspended and please do not travel to Belle Vue if you have tickets.
Tickets purchased for games that have been postponed will be valid for the rearranged fixtures.
When that new date is confirmed, if you cannot attend you will be asked to return your tickets and will receive a full refund - your ticket issuer will ...
Dear Thunder Family,
This lunchtime, the Vitality Netball Superleague Board announced the postponement of future Vitality Netball Superleague fixtures with immediate effect.
In a statement, they say:
"Further to the statement issued on Friday 13th March, the Vitality Netball Superleague Board have continued to monitor the outbreak and growing concerns around the rapid spread of COVID-19. The Board has taken the decision to postpone Vitality Netball Superleague fixtures with immediate effect.
The Board and all Vitality Netball Superleague clubs will convene again on Tuesday 17th March where the position of the 2020 season, in light of an anticipated update on guidance from the Government, will be considered. A full statement will be issued later next week.
We will continue to monitor the situation and keep the Netball Family updated as appropriate."
We have received no further details other than the above announcement - as soon as we do, we will communicate them to ...
Manchester Thunder continued their unbeaten start to the Vitality Netball Superleague season with an 18-point victory over Surrey Storm.
Round 4, at Surrey Sports Park, saw the 2019 Champions extend their run of victories to five. by 60 points to 42, on a day when little other sport was taking place across the country with the Coronavirus shutdown taking hold.
The game started goal for goal as the teams worked each other out. Under immense physical pressure Joyce Mvula and Eleanor Cardwell stood strong as they helped build a six goal lead by the first break – 10-16.
The Thunder defence of Emma Dovey and Lauren Ngwira were clearly assigned to put pressure on 6ft 4 shooter Karyn Bailey but Storm goal attack Sophie Hankin stepped up and was having success from distance. Recognised, this was snuffed out and Hankin was subsequently replaced by Ellie Kelk.
At the other end it was like watching WWE wrestling at times with a physical battle and big hits between Mvula, ...
Match Report by Lauren Coop
Photography by Eliza Morgan
Manchester Thunder delivered an incredible come back in front of a sell-out crowd at Belle Vue to continue their unbeaten start to the season by beating Loughborough Lightning 67-64.
Despite Joyce Mvula scoring the first goal to set the scene, Thunder began to trail behind with a 6 point deficit. Loughborough’s defence was strong and their unstoppable shooter Colhok kept topping them. Thunder managed to maintain their lead by 1 goal to end the first quarter on 17-16.
End-to-end scenes saw equal scoring, however Lightning managed to get just a few more goals in making the gap between them and the black and yellows increase to 8 goals, ending the 1st half 28-36.
The 3rd quarter became ruled by Lightning with an average point gap of 12. However Thunder were not giving up! They were still going for it, trying different tactics to throw Lightning off their game. Loughborough remained defiant though which saw the 2 ...