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First Roses Cap for Amy Carter

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.”         More

Pre-Season On The Road – See Thunder v Storm in Oldham

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. Doors open at 3pm. First centre pass is 4pm. Tickets are just £10 for adults and £6 for concessions. Buy tickets now >> 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 ... More

Scholes called up to Superleague squad for title defence

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 ... More

Report – Double Thunder win starts the year in style

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 ... More

2020 Superleague Training Partners named

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... More

Thunder stars in Vitality Roses Nation Cup squad

Congratulations to Laura Malcolm, Eleanor Cardwell & Amy Carter who have been named by Jess Thirlby in the Vitality Roses squad for the Nations Cup next month. Also, well done to Rebekah Airey who's been named in the England A squad - the side that will face New Zealand, South Africa and the Vitality Roses in various behind closed doors training matches in the lead up to the Vitality Netball Nations Cup. Read the full England Netball announcement >> More

Thunder win Mike Greenwood Trophy

Manchester Thunder won the Mike Greenwood Trophy on Saturday (14 December) after winning the Manchester Invitational Tournament at Platt Lane. In a busy afternoon of Netball, the Superleague Champions won all their group games before facing Saracens Mavericks in the final. The deciding game was a hard-fought contest between two impressive sides but Thunder ran out eventual winners by 49 points to 42. Full results: Manchester Thunder 45 - 40 Saracens Mavericks Team Bath 34 - 27 Loughborough Lightning Manchester Thunder 45 - 26 Loughborough Lightning Saracens Mavericks 42 - 26 Team Bath Manchester Thunder 48 - 29 Team Bath Saracens Mavericks 43 - 31 Loughborough Lightning FINAL: Manchester Thunder 49 - 42 Saracens Mavericks Photo Gallery: Photos by Mark Pritchard More

Report – Convincing pre-season win in North Wales

Manchester Thunder’s first outing of pre-season brought a commanding 59 goal win against Celtic Dragons in Deeside. Karen Greig’s team made the short trip down the M56 into north Wales for the annual fixture and showed their class from the start limiting Dragons to just three goals in the first period while they piled 18 onto the scoreboard. Thunder have had a consistent team over the last couple of year with a couple of changes for the 2020 season while Dragons have a much changed line up which included three former Thunder players Abby Tyrrell, Amy Clinton and Sophie Morgan. It showed as Dragons took time to settle and the black and yellows were dominant. The many combination throughout the court were impressive. Captain Emma Dovey led the way with some well-timed interceptions, and well back up by Rebekah Airey. The speed through the court was phenomenal and Dragons simply couldn’t live with it. The partnership between Caroline O’Hanlon and Ash Neal looks slick ... More

Thunder at your Club & School

Clubs and Schools across the North West are taking advantage of the amazing opportunity to be joined by one of our players for an exclusive coaching session. Our Community Programme Manager, the Superleague star Ashleigh Neal, has been to Lymm High School and Failsworth Netball Club in the past few weeks passing on skills, trips and tricks. Don't miss out on the chance to have Ash, or one of our other netball stars, working alongside your players on your court. It's an experience you'll remember. It's one you can't afford to miss. "It has been wonderful to meet the passionate netball girls from Failsworth, Altrincham U9's & Lymm High School so far. Everyone has been able to join in as skills and drills are catered to every ability and age group. I love meeting new girls and inspiring them to become better netballers on and off the court." Ashleigh Neal To find out more and arrange your session: Contact Ash by emailing ashleigh@manchesterthunde... More

Manchester Thunder Invitational Tournament to begin pre-season

Join us this December for an exciting pre-season tournament as the Vitality Superleague Netball Champions Manchester Thunder welcome Team Bath, Loughborough Lightning and Saracens Mavericks to Manchester for a Saturday afternoon of amazing netball as they compete for The Mike Greenwood Trophy. With matches through the afternoon, culminating in the final at 6pm, it’s set to be an exciting pre-season event you won’t want to miss. Click here to buy >> More