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Amy Carter completes Thunder’s 10 for 2020

We're completing our core squad of 10 for the Vitality Netball Superleague 2020 by confirming that Amy Carter is back with us for the new season. The 21-year old mid-courter is part of the 2019/2020 England Futures programme and excited to be back in black and yellow. She said: "I'm really looking forward to the upcoming campaign and hopefully we can bring back the title to Manchester once again. I hope to see as many fans as possible at Belle Vue - get your tickets now!" Karen Greig, Thunder Director of Netball, said: "It’s great to have Amy with us for another season. She has been an integral part of the squad over the last two seasons and for someone so young she plays with great maturity. I'm excited to continue to work with her and see her develop further and impact this squad." Amy's signing means our ten for 2020 is now complete... Rebekah Airey Eleanor Cardwell Amy Carter Emma Dovey Laura Malcolm Joyce Mvula Ashleigh Neal Lauren ... More

Laura & Eleanor selected for Vitality Roses series in South Africa

Huge congratulations to Laura Malcolm and Eleanor Cardwell who have been selected by England Netball Head Coach Jess Thirlby for the Vitality Roses test series in South Africa later this month. You can read the full squad and more about the Tour on the England Netball website >>                           More

Fast5 – Thunder score first win but fail to make semis

By Rona Hunnisett at The Copper Box for Manchester Thunder Missed shots and powerplay opportunities hurt Manchester Thunder hard in this year’s British Fast5 All Stars competition, with the reigning Netball Superleague champions failing to reach the semi final stage of the competition. However, there was much to applaud during the afternoon at London’s Copper Box, with the club’s new defensive line up of Loreen Ngwira, Rebekah Airey and Emma Dovey switching combinations effortlessly, and Thunder actually scoring their first win in the competition’s three year history! After signing former Australian international shooter Erin Bell and Malawian midcourt dynamo Takonda Lwazi as All Stars for the tournament, hopes in the Thunder camp were high at the start of play, but failure to capitalise on powerplay opportunities hit the Manchester side hard in the first game of the day. During the two minute period, in which all points scored count double, Thunder’s azsKath... More

‘We’re ready to claim more silverware’ – The British Fast5 Netball All-Stars Championship

Manchester Thunder, the reigning Vitality Netball Superleague champions, return to the court for the start of the 2019-20 season tomorrow (Saturday 12 October) at the season's opening competition, the British Fast-5 All Stars Championships.  And, while the champions have not traditionally done well in this, the shortened form of the game, head coach Karen Greig is excited for the challenge ahead: "As a squad, we're really looking forward to the Fast-5 competition:  we've had a solid three weeks of training, and while last night's session was the first with all our players, including our overseas All Stars, things really came together well.  I'm excited for what we'll be putting out on court tomorrow." Fast-5 is a shortened version of traditional netball, featuring teams of five players (instead of seven), with 12 minute games, rolling substitutions, powerplays and increased scoring opportunities via a bigger shooting zone.  Greig is feeling confident about the Thunder ... More

We’re supporting Parents in Sport Week 2019 from the NSPCC

We're backing the NSPCC's Parents in Sport Week (7-13 October) which promotes positive parental involvement in youth sport and encourages parents to ensure they're fully involved with what their child is doing. Debbie Hallas, Manchester Thunder Managing Director, said: “A huge amount of time and effort goes into safeguarding at Manchester Thunder and at the many brilliant netball clubs we have across the North West but it’s important parents are part of those efforts. I would absolutely encourage all parents to sign up to the NSPCC’s Sports Parents Promise so they know who to ask, know what to ask and know what to do to keep their child safe. “As a mum, as a netballer and as Manchester Thunder’s Managing Director, I know the huge benefits young people get from being involved in any sport. But the most important thing for all of us is to keep them safe. This campaign and these efforts are another important step forward in ensuring they are.” Find out ... More

2020 Superleague Fixtures Released

The Vitality Netball Superleague fixtures for 2020 have been released. After the season begins in Birmingham on 22 February, our first home game will be on Saturday 7 March against Loughborough Lightning at Belle Vue. Check out all the home fixtures here >>                 More

Introducing our full Fast5 Squad

We can confirm our full squad for the British Fast5 Netball All-Stars on Saturday, 12 October at the Copper Box in London. Joining our All-Stars Erin Bell and Takondwa Lwazi in Karen Greig's team will be confirmed players from Thunder's 2020 Superleague squad: Joyce Mvula, Kathryn Turner, Ashleigh Neal, Emma Dovey, Caroline O'Hanlon, Rebekah Airey and Loreen Ngwira The final spot will be taken by former Thunder training partner Taylor Cullen. Taylor has signed for Strathclyde Sirens for the 2020 Superleague season, however, they won't be playing in this year's Fast5. So, we have signed her up exclusively for this tournament and we can't wait to have her as part of the squad. More

Defensive duo back for 2020

Manchester Thunder's defensive duo of Emma Dovey and Rebekah Airey are returning to the Superleague Champions for 2020. Dovey, who has been Thunder Captain for the past three years and will continue in the role for the new season, has played her entire senior career with Thunder and is a hugely influential part of the team both on and off court. Airey, who joined Thunder last season, is one of the full-time athletes on England Netball's Vitality Roses programme. She will also play for England at the Netball Europe Open next weekend in Belfast. The pair take to nine the number of players confirmed for Thunder's title defence campaign, which begins in February. Thunder’s Director of Netball Karen Greig said: “It's great to have our Captain back. Emma has been solid for us over the past 11 years and brings that experience to our defensive unit. She will be looking to develop a partnership with our new signing Lauren, and continue to build the partnership with Rebekah... More

Another Malawi Queen joins Thunder as All-Star for Fast5 Championship

Manchester Thunder today name one of their All-Star players for next month's British Fast5 Netball All-Stars Championship. Takondwa Lwazi, known to friends and supporters as Bonzo, was influential in centre court for the Malawi Queens at the Netball World Cup this summer in Liverpool and has been part of her country's squad for some time, including at last year's Commonwealth Games. The 27-year old Police Sergeant will link up with fellow Malawi stars Joyce Mvula and Lauren Ngwira, who have just signed for Thunder's 2020 Superleague campaign, as one of the two All-Stars who join the Thunder squad exclusively for the Championship at the Copper Box on 12 October. Eight teams from the Superleague will do battle in 12-minute matches with Thunder, the Vitality Netball Superleague Champions, looking to improve on disappointing finishes in the first two years of the event. Takondwa said: “I can't wait to come to the UK with Joyce and Lauren and join up with the Thunder ... More

Thunder unveil Erin Bell as first All-Star for Fast5 Championship

Manchester Thunder are bringing one of Australia’s best Netballers to the UK for the British Fast5 Netball All-Stars Championship. The Vitality Netball Superleague Champions have named Erin Bell as one of their two all-star players. The 32-year old shooter won ANZ Championships with NSW Swifts and Adelaide Thunderbirds, and played for Collingwood Magpies before retiring at the end of 2018. She was part of the Australia squad at two World Championships and is a hugely successful Fast5 player, captaining the Australian Fast5 team at the 2014 World Series. Erin will be part of the 10-strong Manchester Thunder squad for the Championship which takes place at the Copper Box in London on Saturday, 12 October. Eight teams from the Superleague will do battle in 12-minute matches. While she’s in the North West preparing for the event with the Thunder squad, she will also lead a series of masterclasses. Erin Bell said: “I'm really excited to be part of the Manchester ... More