303 Results for author: Manchester Thunder

Match Report: Thunder secure home semi-final with win over Surrey Storm

Manchester Thunder secured a home semi-final with a tight 55-60 victory at Surrey Sports Park. Surrey Storm threatened to upset the top four before the game and they almost did as Thunder looked nervous right from the start. All Superleague matches started at the same time and there was all to play for with four teams vying for three play off places. Thunder's attack initially looked disjointed and, along with missed shots, only nine goals were scored with Storm taking the quarter 13-9. Cardwell came on at goal attack the end of the first quarter and changed the game for Thunder, hungry for the ball and scoring goals she drove Thunder into the lead and Thunder went into the changing rooms four goals to the good 22-28. For the third quarter, Amy Carter replaced Caroline O’Hanlon at centre. Thunder looked like they were threatening to run away with the game but lost their flow and Storm edged their way back in. At three quarter time Storm were back in the lead 43-42 ... More

Manchester Thunder take 2019 U19 NPL title

Our U19s have taken the NPL title after a near-perfect season. After narrowly missing out on lifting the trophy last year, Thunder won eight of their nine games and scored a league-high 528 goals in an impressive campaign to finish top of the table. They showed that they meant business from the off with two comprehensive wins – 32-69 vs. Team Bath and 38-57 vs. Severn Stars – on the opening weekend in December. Thunder then edged out defending champions London Pulse in a tense and nail-biting 53-52 victory before themselves being on the wrong side of a one-goal game, losing 47-48 to Loughborough Lightning. They quickly bounced back to though, recording a dominant 28-80 victory away to North East and then getting the better of both Wasps Netball (49-40) and Leeds Rhinos (37-63). The final eight fixtures of the competition were all played on Saturday 13th April in Birmingham as an exciting season came to a close. Thunder were crowned champions after wins ... More

Match Report: Thunder see Stars as they are beaten at home 47-50

Manchester Thunder wasted an opportunity to increase their lead at the top of the table after succumbing to a confident Severn Stars outfit 47-50. The day didn’t start as planned with a 20-minute delay due to the centre circle being 7cm out of place. The delay clearly affect Thunder as they were slow out of the blocks in a scrappy start to the game. Captain Emma Dovey led the way with a couple of driving intercepts urging her team forward. Thunder went into the first break two goals to the good, 13-11, but you could see they were clearly not firing on all cylinders. Into the second quarter and you could see glimpses of greatness from the black and yellows but a couple of offensive contact calls against Joyce Mvula seemed to rock their confidence and a gritty Stars team eagerly used the opportunity to nudge into the lead. Thunder were making a meal of it with several feeds way off target to Mvula, who was taken off and replaced by former Stars star Eleanor Cardwell. The ... More

Caroline O’Hanlon is March’s Vitality Player of the Month

We are delighted that Caroline O'Hanlon has been named the Vitality Player of the Month for March. Caroline said: "I’m surprised and honoured to receive this award. It reflects how well our team are doing to be acknowledged like this. I’m surrounded by great players at Manchester Thunder and just enjoying being part of this ambitious group. We will keep working hard for each other and improving, and hopefully we can finish the season where we are now, on top!" Karen Greig, Thunder's Director of Netball, added: “March was a really tough and busy month for us. With four games in 13 days it was tough for our squad to back up performances - Caroline really stood up and was solid for us in the middle and put out outstanding back-to-back performances, she really deserves this accolade.” More

Match Report: Saracens Mavericks 49 – Manchester Thunder 57

Manchester Thunder took the spoils in this hotly anticipated game against second-placed Saracens Mavericks 49-57. Manchester Thunder were slow out of the blocks with the Hertfordshire-based side finding goal shooter George Fisher way to easily and they edge the first quarter 16-15. The second quarter started in the same vein with Mavericks building an early five goal lead. But the black and yellows were in no mood to let Mavericks start the party. They started to find their form in the second quarter as the new combination, with Laura Malcolm at wing attack, started to gel. Thunder were hustling and hassling wherever they could and chipped away at Mavericks lead. Involving Mvula more in the game enabled Thunder to go into the half time break with a two-goal advantage 28-30. At half time neither team were bold enough to make any changes, and who could blame them in such a tight game. Karen Greig’s side slowly turned the screw on Mavericks and started to build a lead with ... More

Our Pink Week Story – by Sarah Collins of Manchester’s NOOW17 Netball Team

We are proud to once again be dedicating a game to Cancer Research UK - and their fight against this cruel and all too common disease. At our game on Saturday against Surrey Storm we want you to wear pink and to donate to help the charity's work. To highlight the importance, here's Sarah Collins from Manchester's NOOW17 Netball Team with their story: Hello I want to tell you about Breast cancer awareness and netball in Manchester. What you need to take away from this whole true story is to ensure that you and the ladies in your life, forever more #FEELONTHE4TH! My best friend Sophie Southworth was diagnosed on the 4th July 2017 with Breast cancer. <remember the date> She had spotted a lump when in the shower, got it checked out and was diagnosed with breast cancer stage 2. On the night she told us we very upset and shocked, as was she understandably. It took her 2 days to even tell us. However Sophie and our friends have a little whats-app group called PMA. It ... More

Match Report: Wasps 55 – Thunder 64

Manchester Thunder flew out of the blocks at the Ricoh Arena to become the first team to defeat Wasps this season. Following a lacklustre performance against Team Bath last Friday, Thunder had a point to prove and Wasps were literally left in their wake as the ruthless northerners ripped away the Coventry-based team’s unbeaten run. There was no stopping the Thunder attack with Caroline O’Hanlon linking well with Liana Leota and they were finding shooters Kathryn Turner and particularly Joyce Mvula with ease. They found the ball was coming back with regularity as the defence pressured Wasps into mistakes and turned the ball over creating chance after chance for the firing attack. Emma Dovey and Laura Malcolm were keeping a high line and their vociferous defending was rewarded with Wasps only getting nine goals on the board with the first quarter ending 9-16. In the second quarter Thunder continued to mesmerise the Wasps defence, Mvula’s movement ensured she was an ... More

Match Report: Severn Stars 49 – Manchester Thunder 62

Manchester Thunder stunned Severn Stars with a third quarter domination to win 49-62 - but made hard work of it at The Worcester Arena. The first quarter was almost like watching a game of tennis as both sides consistently traded turnovers, neither making use of their centre pass possession. Eleanor Cardwell earned herself a starting spot at goal shooter after an impressive display against Pulse earlier in the week, however, feeders Liana Leota an Caroline O’Hanlon struggled to find the shooter’s range early on. The Stars defence were keeping the Thunder shooters quiet with Jodi-Ann Ward given the task of marking Kathryn Turner. At the first quarter break Thunder just edged the lead by a solitary goal 12-13. Head Coach Karen Greig kept faith with the same seven for the start of the second quarter after a few home truths during the break. After nine minutes with the scores level she’d seen enough, and brought on Joyce Mvula at goal shooter with Cardwell moving to ... More

Eleanor Cardwell visits Thunder partner UAP

Eleanor Cardwell has visited leading Manchester Thunder partner UAP ahead of the new season. The home security and lock specialist, based in Whitefield, is a primary partner of the Vitality Netball Superleague franchise under its corporate brand, UAP and product brand, Fullex. It has been a key sponsor of the Thunder squad since 2016. Greeted by chief financial officer, Bonnie Hodson; group commercial director, Tim Fairley and commercial director, Pat Rice, Eleanor met with members of the UAP team and explored the company’s product development and testing facility. UAP commercial director, Pat Rice, said: "UAP has a long history of supporting local sporting teams, community activities and charities. It is with immense pleasure that we continue our support of Manchester Thunder as netball continues its worthy rise in both national participation and global recognition." Eleanor Cardwell said: "Everyone is talking about netball at the moment. This year is going to be ... More

Match Report: Thunder dominate Saracens Mavericks 58-51 in the season opener

Match report by Thunder's Jess Anderson. Photographs by Thunder's Eliza Morgan. Thunder got off to a flying start at the Arena Birmingham in this highly anticipated fixture, the last of the day at the Super 10 opening day of the season. There was plenty of shooting on show at both ends of the court with Thunder’s trusty attacking duo Kathryn Turner and Joyce Mvula under the post. The combination of Kadeen and Sasha Corbin along with shooter George Fisher proved a success as Mavericks kept pace with Thunder through the first quarter. But Thunder’s defensive quality in Kerry Almond and Emma Dovey emerged in the second quarter with the Corbin sisters unable to find the right combinations to get past Thunder’s defensive wall. Almond’s numerous interceptions proved crucial throughout the second quarter, squashing any Mavericks attempt to get the ball in the D. Mavs came into their own somewhat in the third quarter, chasing Thunder for every point and showcasing ... More