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By Denise Evans
Another Superleague season is almost upon us.
Players are back in pre-season training and many familiar faces will return to play in the Black and Yellow dress for another year.
And while we've said goodbye to some during the off-season, we have also welcomed back others into the Thunder family.
Let's take a look at the squad, which players could be set to shine and who will be wanting to end their Thunder career by lifting the Superleague trophy.
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The Superleague Squad
There's 10 players in Thunder's 2019 Superleague squad, with five additional training partners yet to be announced, two of which will be selected for each match day squad.
Kerry Almond, Emma Dovey, Rebekah Airey
Thunder stalwarts Dovey and Almond return to the fold, with young England defender ...
Manchester Thunder were knocked-out of Fast5 All-Stars 2018 after losing to Team Bath and BenecosMavericks at the Copperbox.
The Black and Yellows suffered a narrow 23-18 loss to Bath in the first game and needed to beat Mavericks in the second to stay in the competition.
However, despite leading for the majority of the game, a Mavericks 10-pointer shot from Karyn Bailey during her side's powerplay, led them to a 32-22 win.
Reigning Superleague champions Wasps won the event, with former England shooter Rachel Dunn named MVP, after putting in a starring role with a plethora of five and 10-point shots.
Thunder head coach Karen Greig said: "We had the opportunity to win both games.
"But we didn't take our chances and luck wasn't on our side, which ultimately Fast5 has an element of.
"We were wasteful on our powerplays at times but overall I was happy with the team culture and high expectations of each other and look forward to using this as a springboard for the ...
Manchester Thunder have re-signed Eleanor Cardwell from Severn Stars to complete a sensational double swoop.
Cardwell joins Stars team-mate Laura Malcolm in returning to the club which saw her rise through the ranks from youth level to the Superleague.
The 23-year-old England Roses shooter will play for the Black and Yellows once again for the 2019 season, after spending two years with Midlands-based Stars.
"I'm so excited to be back in the Thunder dress this coming season," Cardwelll said.
"I'm ready to hit the season hard and as a team, let's challenge for the title."
Cardwell leaves Stars as their starting shooter and has seen her international stock rise in recent years.
The Lancashire-born shooter will join up with the England Roses squads this autumn, for both the Fast5 Series in Australia and the International Tests against Jamaica.
Manchester Thunder managing director Debbie Hallas said: "We're delighted to have Eleanor back at Thunder for next ...
Players, staff, volunteers and fans gathered at Hotel Football for the annual Manchester Thunder end of season awards dinner.
It was a night of celebration following another successful season, which saw Thunder finish third in the Superleague.
Thunder's rich and thriving Pathway system played a huge part in the night, with players from the u19s and u21s squads rewarded for their performances throughout the season.
Find all the winners below:
Superleague Players' Player of the Year Award 2018 - Joyce Mvula
Superleague Coaches' Player of the Year Award 2018 - Emma Dovey
Superleague Most Improved Player of the Year Award 2018 - Joyce Mvula
Pat Greenwood Commitment Award - Dani Bloomfield
NPL u21 Players' Player of the Year Award 2018 - Taylor Cullen
NPL u21 Coaches' Player of the Year Award 2018 - Amy Carter
NPL u21 Most Improved Player of the Year Award 2018 - Lois Pearson
NPL u19 Players' Player of the Year Award 2018 - ...
Sitting courtside, so close you can see the beads of sweat as the wing attack fires a feed into the shooter; you’re so close you can feel the sting of the fingers as the goal keeper swoops in and intercepts a pass to hand the momentum back to your team.
But you’re not a fan, you’re not enjoying every second of this pulsating goal-for-goal game. Because you’re a player watching on from the bench, desperate to be on court, thinking of shooting the winning goal, making that cross-court pass.
Kathryn Turner, Manchester Thunder’s starting goal attack, knows this feeling well.
Arguably the Superleague’s best player in her position for the last three seasons (an actual fact in 2017 as she was named in the league’s All Star IIV) it hasn’t exactly been easy street for the now 25-year-old to get to where she is now.
Her big breakthrough came 10 years ago, aged just 15, when she got the nod from her then-coach Mike Greenwood to be ready to play. It was a live Sky ...
Manchester Thunder have received a nomination in every possible category of the Vitality Netball Superleague Awards 2018.
Former Silver Fern Liana Leota has been shortlisted in the Player's Player of the Season Award while Joyce Mvula's strong second season in the Black and Yellows dress has bagged herself a nod in the Vitality Player of The Season Award.
Head coach Karen Greig is up against Wasps' Tamsin Greenway and Loughborough Lightning's Anna Carter for Coach of the Season, while Amy Carter could mark a stellar breakthrough year with a win in the Young player of the Season category.
The All-Star VII will also be picked after every Superleague player voted for their preferred athlete in each position.
Coach of the Season
This is awarded to a VNSL Coach (applies to all coaches, not just Head Coach) and is voted for by all teams’ coaches within VNSL.
The nominees are:
Anna Carter (Loughborough Lightning)
Tamsin Greenway (Wasps Netball)
Manchester Thunder fell just short of a place in the Superleague Grand Final after losing to Loughborough Lightning 59-50 in Leicester.
The Black and Yellows were gutsy and determined but Lightning weathered anything their visitors could throw at them, and will face Wasps in the final at the Copperbox on 7 July.
It was a pulsating semi-final, with Lightning repeatedly threatening to pull away but Thunder refused to let them get out of sight, defending doggedly and scoring difficult chances at the other end.
However, they were up against one of the league's top shooters in Peace Proscovia, who shot at 93% in the game and star defender Shamera Sterling was in imperious form, locked in a intense battle with Thunder's Joyce Mvula (who still managed to shoot at 94%).
Thunder did have considerable success in Lightning's attacking third, captain Emma Dovey leading the defensive line with tips and flying intercepts, while Amy Carter at wing defence was a thorn in Hannah ...
It's been a long season, but now just four teams - and three games remain before the 2018 Superleague champions are crowned.
Third-placed Manchester Thunder face Loughbroough Lightning, who finished second in the regular season, in their play-off game, while Wasps and Team Bath face-off in the other semi.
The winner of each will meet in the Grand Final on 7 July at the Copperbox. And Thunder are desperate to be there.
On paper, very little separates the Black and Yellows and Lightning, who have one win apiece against each other this season, while the hosts secured the fixture at home due to their superior goal difference.
But mentality and approach shifts for the semi-finals, while Thunder head coach Karen Greig is aware that what has gone before her side this season, will not be the focus when they line-up at the Leicester Arena on Saturday.
"Once you get to the semis you have to focus on what’s in front and not what’s gone," she said.
"The positive we ...
Manchester Thunder ground out an important win over Team Bath at a colourful Thunderdome.
It was a game that had a bit of every shade, from red-hot swift attacking play to resolute defensive work and purple patches for both teams.
Thunder showed their solidarity to Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign, which aims to encourage inclusivity and equality in sport for the LGBT community, by sporting the multi-coloured laces.
Bath gave as good as they got, continuously coming back every time Thunder threatened to extend their lead.
Both squads will now turn their attention to the semi-finals next weekend for a chance to play in the Grand Final on July 7.
Head coach Karen Greig said: "I'm happy to take the win.
"The game had a lot of positives, we played some awesome netball, moved the ball around well, moved around the circle well and put Bath under a lot of physical pressure.
"We were just wasteful with turnover at times.
"I thought the game was brutal, both ...
Manchester Thunder will show their support for the Rainbow Laces campaign at their final regular home game against Team Bath.
The Black and Yellows will go multi-coloured for the match, to mark Stonewall's initiative to support LGBT equality and inclusivity in sport.
It is the second time the squad, staff, volunteers and fans will embrace the campaign, with the players tying their trainers with special Rainbow Laces.
Head coach Karen Greig said: "You look at the LGBT community and how much more accepted it is these days and it's important that we show that as a sport and as a franchise.
"We want people to come along to the game in bright clothes and fancy dress and support a really great cause."
Thunder, who have already qualified for the play-offs, take on Team Bath at the Thunderdome on 23 June, and it is expected to be a pulsating game, with final standing in the Superleague table still to play for.
The top two sides will guarantee a home semi final on 30 ...