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Rebekah Airey re-signs to bolster defence for Manchester Thunder

Manchester Thunder are delighted to announce that they have re-signed the versatile defender, Rebekah Airey. The 24-year-old joined Manchester Thunder from Loughborough Lightning to be closer to her hometown of Wigan and develop all aspects of her game under the coaching talent of Karen Greig. She is now in her third season with the club where playing across GK, GD and WD, is invaluable at reinforcing their defensive unit. Airey started her netball career at an early age and represented Tyldesley Netball Club and then later joined Tameside Netball Club where her talent was recognised, and she started to stand out as an accomplished player. Airey commented that her mother was the one who introduced her into netball and jokes that, “she threw me and my siblings into every sport she could find to tire us out when we were young and netball was the one that stuck because it was so social.” About re-signing for Thunder, Airey said, “I’m super excited to be back at Thunder for ... More

Vitality Roses captaincy announced for Cadbury Netball Series

Commonwealth Games gold medalist Serena Guthrie and Manchester Thunder's very own Laura Malcolm have been named as Vitality Roses co-captains for an upcoming three match test series against the Silver Ferns in New Zealand. Guthrie and Malcolm will don the red dress for the Cadbury Netball Series, set to take place on 28 October, 30 October and 1 November, alongside vice-captain Fran Williams. After taking a short break from the international scene having led the Vitality Roses to bronze at the Vitality Netball World Cup last year, Guthrie is back and set to gain her 100th cap during the England side’s first international series following lockdown. The netball icon, who made her debut against Malawi in 2008, will be working hand in hand with co-captain Malcolm in a bid to secure victory. Malcolm, who was a part of the Manchester Thunder team that secured the 2019 Vitality Netball Superleague title, has plenty of experience leading the England side having been vice-captain during ... More

Captain Fantastic Extends Contract With Thunder

Emma Dovey has re-signed for another season with Superleague Champions, Manchester Thunder, and will continue to boost the squad with her invaluable experience and effective leadership style. Following Sara Bayman’s departure from Thunder in 2016, Dovey inherited the team captain crown and will now enter her fourth consecutive season at the helm. The Lancashire-born Physical Education teacher has shown great dedication to the North West based franchise and has committed her whole senior career in netball to Manchester Thunder. Throughout her Thunder journey, defender Dovey has led the team to memorable victories such as becoming back to back winners of the Mike Greenwood Trophy in 2018 and 2019 and she also played a pivotal role for England Roses in the Fast5 World series squad in Australia in 2018. After the cancellation of the 2020 Vitality Netball Superleague after only four matches, Dovey and the rest of the team are now itching to get back to both training and competition ... More

Thunder Trio Selected for Roses Test Series

We’re absolutely delighted to announce that three Manchester Thunder players have been selected to represent England Roses in the forthcoming test series against the Silver Ferns. Amy Carter, Eleanor Cardwell and Laura Malcolm will join the Roses squad and travel to New Zealand to take on the World Champions in the three- Test Cadbury Netball series in October which will take place at the Claudelands Arena in Hamilton. Ahead of new COVID-19 government guidelines regarding elite team sport, the Roses will fly to New Zealand on 8 October and will need to quarantine for two weeks before competition commences on 28 October. Manchester Thunder Director of Netball, Karen Greig has said, “I’m thrilled to see that Amy, Laura and Eleanor have been named in the Roses squad… in these difficult times I am really excited to see all three take to court with the rest of the Roses squad. They were in great form when last season came to a halt and all of them have been working extremely ... More

Manchester Thunder Re-Sign Northern Irish Powerhouse

Manchester Thunder’s force of nature and Northern Ireland captain Caroline O’Hanlon has re-signed for a fourth season with the club and will continue to demonstrate her quest for continual improvement and appetite for success in the reigning champion’s squad.   O’Hanlon, 36, has enjoyed a long and successful international netball reaching back as far as 2002 when she competed for Northern Ireland in her first Netball World Cup. She then went on to compete in the same events in 2011 and again in 2019 where she captained the team.  She has also competed in the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games and was a member of the Northern Ireland teams that were silver medallists at the 2012 and 2017 European Netball Championships. O’Hanlon, who also plays Gaelic Football for Carrickcruppen and Armagh, joined Manchester Thunder in 2017 and has consistently displayed an outstanding level dedication and determination. She also played a pivotal role in her second season with the club ... More

Thunder Produce First Class Pathway Coaching Team

A record number of applications were received this year to become a part of Manchester Thunder’s lucrative Performance Pathway Coaching Team. Director of Netball Karen Greig and Pathway Head Coach Alex Young have collaboratively work through the quality applications and have appointed what is believed to be the strongest Coaching team to date. Manchester Thunder’s prestigious Pathway is renowned for its strength and professionalism and has successfully produced many athletes through to the Roses Academy and to Superleague squads as well as enjoying a number of titles wins over the years. The Pathway is constantly evolving and developing with Bees(Year 7), Academy and Futures being introduced in 2018 and a further U14 Academy will be added to the programme this year that will help bridge the gap between our County partnerships and our U15 programme. Director of Netball Karen Greig said “To have so many high-quality coaches apply to be a part of our Pathway and join the Thunder ... More

Manchester Thunder strengthen Superleague squad with Performance Pathway talent

Manchester Thunder’s squad for the defence of their Vitality Netball Superleague title will be boosted by the promotion of talented training partners, Berri Neil and Lois Pearson to the first team. Berri Neil has already achieved significant success in her short career largely due to her outstanding ability within the shooting circle. In addition to playing for Manchester Thunder, she has also demonstrated fantastic form since she was first selected for England Roses Academy in 2018 where she was part of the Netball Europe Championship winning U17 team. She has also played in the triumphant Netball Europe U21 Championships in 2019. Lois Pearson, who is currently studying at University of Manchester, plays for YWCA Bury and has been part of the Academy since 2012. She has also recently enjoyed success at Manchester Thunder after having been named as Players’ Player of the Year in the 2019-2020 U21 Awards. Manchester Thunder Head Coach and Director of Netball Karen said about ... More

Official Membership 2020/21 Sneak Peak

JOIN OUR #THUNDERCAST Our Official Membership launches on 5th August and lasts for the whole season, so you will enjoy being a member until July 2021. With 2 days to go until our launch, we thought we would give you a sneak peak of what you can expect. The Official Membership is available to supporters of all ages with a large discount on the family membership. By signing up to the Official Membership, you will receive a range of fantastic range of benefits including discounts on tickets and merchandise, exclusive content, a personalised membership card to show your support for the club, as well as a membership pack full of high-quality merchandise including a limited edition membership pin: A full range of benefits include: 📦 Membership pack with limited edition pin badge and personalised membership card 👗 10% discount on Manchester Thunder merchandise through Netball UK 🎫 Exclusive access to semi- final and play- off pre-sale tickets 🎙️ Right to ... More

Thundercast – Absence Makes Our Sport Grow Stronger

Manchester Thunder, Vitality Netball Superleague Champions are launching a monthly netball podcast series. The first of its kind produced by a Superleague team, Thundercast will fill the void created by the lack of on court action for netball supporters missing the game and also allow Manchester Thunder to remain fully engaged with its current and future followers. This initiative forms part of the Absence Makes Our Sport Grow Stronger campaign that the franchise is unveiling in response to the vastly different sporting landscape created by COVID-19 and highlights its commitment to show resilience and emerge stronger. Hosted by TV and radio presenter and international netball commentator Lindsey Chapman, Thundercast will feature an exciting mix of star quality guests, honest insight and reaction to the biggest talking points in the game. There will also be behind the scenes action and regular features where supporters of the game can get truly involved and have their views heard. ... More

England Netball announces the end of the 2020 Superleague season

The 2020 Vitality Netball Superleague season has been terminated with immediate effect by England Netball following the suspension in March due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The decision was taken after weeks of discussion of options and scenarios by the Superleague Board and was subsequently ratified by the sport’s governing body. It is not the outcome Manchester Thunder, the reigning champions, were hoping for however we understand and accept the decision which was based on the welfare and safety of players, staff, match officials, volunteers and supporters. Managing Director Debbie Hallas said: “No-one wanted this season to end, especially as it had only just begun. But the uncertainty of these unparalleled times has led us, regretfully, to this situation. “As a franchise, we are firmly committed to ensuring that the recent momentum, increased profile and positive exposure that both the sport and the franchise has earned since the Commonwealth Games 2018, Vitality Netball ... More