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Alex Young is Thunder’s new Pathway Head Coach

We're delighted to welcome a new addition to the Thunder Family as Alex Young joins us as our new Pathway Head Coach. Alex joins with a wealth of experience in similar roles having led the successful Yorkshire Pathway where they saw a resurgence of athletes selected for the National Academy. Alex's hard work was rewarded with her appointment as England U17 Head Coach and she them through a successful Netball Europe event. She brings a passionate and enthusiastic nature and is competitive to the core. Alex said: "I’m really excited to be a part of the Manchester Thunder family. Working in performance sport is my passion and I’m looking forward to working with some of the best athletes in the country, within the best Superleague team. "It’s an exciting time to be involved with the sport and I’m really grateful for the opportunity to work with Manchester Thunder and ready for the challenge." Thunder's Director of Netball Karen Greig added: "I'm so excited ... More

Added sparkle for Thunder on Sunday against Australian Diamonds

Supporters at Sunday’s World Cup warm-up between the Australian Diamonds and Manchester Thunder will get a chance to see some special additions to the Thunder side. The Australian Diamonds four training partners will be available for Karen Greig to call on to boost the Superleague Champions. Tegan Philip (GA/GS), Kate Moloney (C/WA), Gabi Simpson (WD/C) and Emily Mannix (GK/GD) will be looking to gain valuable court time ahead of the start of the World Cup in Liverpool so they are ready should they be called upon during the tournament. Thunder will, of course, be without Caroline O’Hanlon and Joyce Mvula who are in World Cup preparations with Northern Ireland and Malawi. But, fans will be able to see many regulars in action alongside the Australian Diamonds training partners. Tickets are still available for the game at Belle Vue on Sunday (first centre pass 1.30pm). They’re available at http://bit.ly/ausvthunder.         More

Jamaica v Thunder now at Wright Robinson College

There’s been huge demand for tickets to see the world’s best netballers in Manchester next month as they warm up for the Vitality Netball World Cup. Tickets for the game between Jamaica and Manchester Thunder sold out within 36 hours of going on sale and now, to meet demand, the fixture has been switched to a larger venue. The game, on Tuesday 2 July at 7.30pm, will be held at Wright Robinson College – trebling the potential crowd and giving more people the chance to see the Sunshine Girls, the world’s number three team, take on Vitality Netball Superleague Champions Thunder. Existing tickets remain valid for the game and new tickets are now on sale at www.manchesterthunder.co.uk/worldcup         More

Dan Ryan to leave Manchester Thunder

Dan Ryan is leaving his role as Assistant Coach at Manchester Thunder following the team’s Superleague title winning season. The Australian, who is Northern Ireland’s Head Coach for the Vitality Netball World Cup this summer, returned to Thunder for this season to work under Director of Netball Karen Greig and support her coaching team. Debbie Hallas, Thunder Managing Director, said: “Dan will always be part of the Thunder family from his time as Head Coach and the past season being part of the amazing team who became the Vitality Netball Superleague Champions. “We’d like to thank him for his hard work and input, wish him all the best with Northern Ireland in the World Cup and for his work in the future.”               More

Manchester to welcome the world’s best netballers

Manchester is to welcome the world’s best netballers just ahead of the Vitality Netball World Cup in a series of warm-up matches against the Netball Superleague champions Manchester Thunder. The top three sides in the world - England's Vitality Roses, Australian Diamonds and Sunshine Girls of Jamaica - will take on Thunder as part of their final preparations for the tournament in Liverpool which begins on Friday 12 July. On Tuesday 2 July, Jamaica, ranked third in the world, will be in action. First centre pass will be at 7.30pm. On Saturday 6 July, Tracey Neville’s Vitality Roses, the Commonwealth champions, will play at Belle Vue at 3.30pm. And, on Sunday 7 July, Australian Diamonds, the defending World champions, will also be in action at Belle Vue with first centre pass at 1.30pm. Manchester Thunder became the Vitality Netball Superleague champions in May, beating Wasps Netball in the grand final in London. Thunder’s Director of Netball Karen ... More

Thunder name long squad for England Netball U15 Tournament

After a hard selection, we are delighted to announce our long squad for the England Netball U15 Tournament taking place at the University of Wolverhampton from Saturday 31st August to Sunday 1st September. The squad will be led by Head Coach Lauren Palmer who says she is delighted with the squad: "I am really excited to get started with this talented squad, and hope to build and improve on our fourth place last season". The final 12 will be announced in mid-August. Good Luck to everyone involved! #WorkerBees Squad Athlete Name 1 Bridget Morgan 2 Beth Adamson 3 Anja Howarth 4 Savannah DM 5 Cerys Wojtan 6 Harriet Jones 7 Hannah Diamond 8 Emma Fletcher 9 Ruby Parker 10 Connie Myers 11 Megan Bentley 12 Libby Wolstenholme 13 Mia Lanigan 14 Ella Graham 15 Kaedin Gumbs 16 Silvia McCarthy 17 Alice McGeachy 18 Ella Maltby 19 Charlotte Wilkinson 20 Yomi ... More

Karen named as England U21 Head Coach

Our Director of Netball Karen Greig has been appointed by England Netball as the U21 Head Coach. She will take on the role in addition to her current duties at Thunder. Karen said: "Less than two weeks after that incredible day when we became the 2019 Vitality Netball Superleague Champions, I want to let every Thunder fan know that I am as committed to this team, and this franchise, as ever. My blood runs black and yellow, and it always will. "This is an exciting time for both Thunder and for our sport as a whole. By taking on the U21 Head Coach role, as well as being Thunder's Director of Netball, I look forward to being able to identify, develop and nurture England's netball stars of the future, something we do so well here at Thunder and across the North West." In addition, Sheonah Forbes, current Thunder Performance Pathway Head Coach, will move to take on the England Netball Pathway Head Coach role. Read England Netball's announcement here >> More

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