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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

Thunder name training partners to complete 2019 line-up

Manchester Thunder have completed their squad for the 2019 season signing five training partners for the new Vitality Netball Superleague campaign. Altrincham-based defender Paige Kindred returns after a season at the now defunct Team Northumbria, offering versatility to the squad as she covers all defensive positions. 18-year-old Elia McCormick shores up the defence and looks a great prospect for the future after strong displays in preseason. The feisty defender is a pathway success story and has impressed head coach Karen Greig enough to give her a shot in the Superleague this season. Oldham stalwart Maria McAndrew is back in the fold after a five year break from Superleague. The wing attack’s last campaign saw her take away a winners medal as she was part of the 2012 championship winning squad. Joining her in the centre court is youngster Amelia Hall, who makes the step up from the youth ranks. Hall was also part of the U21 winning squad in 2018 and also offers ... More

Preview: Thunder v Saracens Mavericks at Super 10

Super 10 returns this Saturday in what will be a blockbuster year for netball. The Vitality Netball Superleague is back with a feast of netball, five back to back fixtures will be screened live on Sky Sports Mix as all 10 teams descend on the Arena Birmingham. Manchester Thunder take on Saracens Mavericks in the final and most anticipated fixture of the day at 7pm. The black and yellows have kept hold of the nucleus of their squad, strengthening with the return of shooter Eleanor Cardwell making up probably the most formidable front line in the league. Mid-courter Laura Malcolm also makes a come-back, while former Thunder youth player Rebekah Airey moves back to the north west from Loughborough Lightning. The Hertfordshire-based outfit have also recruited well in the off-season with the arrival of former players George Fisher and the Commonwealth gold medal winner Kadeen Corbin. While dogged defender Jo Tripp made the move across London from rivals Surrey Storm. Thun... More

Leading insurance firm unveils new policy to invest in netball

Leading North West insurance firm C&C Insurance Brokers is investing in the future of one of the UK’s fastest growing sports. The Stockport based business has signed up to a new two-year sponsorship deal with Superleague team Manchester Thunder Netball and follows an amazing year for the sport. For the first time, the England team snatched victory against Australia at the Commonwealth Games, winning Gold by just one point to beat Australia 52-51 in the final. The team’s achievements in Australia resulted in them winning two awards at this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year show. Popularity is growing across the UK too. In 2018, spectator numbers at Manchester Thunder grew by over a third over the 2017 season and in 2019 the majority of games will be at their new home, Belle Vue, which has capacity to double the number of spectators. 2019 also sees the Netball World Cup take place in the North West with the world’s best players travelling to Liverpool in ... More

Pre-Season Match Report: Thunder 63 – Strathclyde Sirens 49

Manchester Thunder recorded another impressive pre-season victory defeating Strathclyde Sirens 63-49. Despite a slow start Karen Greig’s side, edged ahead assisted by some flashes of brilliance from Kiwi wing attack Liana Leota. At the first break there were just two goals between the teams 16-14. In the second quarter, Greig rang the changes wanting to look at different combinations. Cardwell came on for Turner at goal attack, Laura Malcolm for Caroline O’Hanlon at centre and Paige Kindred replaced Rebekah Airey at goal defence. Clearly keen to impress Thunder’s new line up quickly motored through the gears and Sirens had no answer as they were beaten 20-9 in the quarter with the accumulative score 36-23. Another raft of changes in the second half saw Turner, O’Hanlon & Airey return with Malcolm moving to wing defence, and Cardwell to goal shooter. We also got to see the return of Maria McAndrew to the court for the first time since being part of the 2012 grand ... More