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Match Report: Manchester Thunder host Australia Diamonds in high-scoring thriller

Manchester Thunder held their own in what was perhaps the surprise match of the week, but eventually succumbed to a 62-94 defeat after a gruelling final two quarters. Ears pricked up and eyes were locked in as Australia opened proceedings in Manchester and Laura Malcolm flew in with an early interception off the first centre pass.  After yesterday's defeat at the hands of England Roses, Thunder could be forgiven for looking a bit tired.  But on the contrary, the Black and Yellows looked alert and spritely and the game was an open playing field for the first fifteen minutes. The crowd were treated to some new faces in the Thunder squad as the four Diamonds training partners, Emily Mannix, Tegan Philip, Gabi Simpson and Kate Moloney teamed up with the existing Thunder squad to ensure that all the Diamonds got a hit out on court.  The Aussies were missing captain Caitlin Bassett due to a concussion, it was announced this morning, but her presence on the sideline didn't ... More

Match Report: Manchester Thunder defeated at the hands of impressive England Roses

Manchester Thunder took on England Roses in their second of three matches where they 'take on the world' as part of the build up to the Netball World Cup.  With only one week left before the World Cup gets underway, Tracey Neville's England Roses put on a impressive display of netball to beat Thunder 38-75. England got off to a flying start, with an early turnover on Thunder's centre pass, they managed to tally up five goals before Thunder got a look in.  A couple of mistakes from Thunder got them off to a shaky start, England were unforgiving in attack and it was already clear that the packed out Belle Vue crowd were in for a feast of quality netball. Thunder fans will of been pleased to see the return of Kathryn Turner and Liana Leota to the team sheet after they missed the match up earlier this week against Jamaica due to illness.  Leota caused trouble for England, feeding the shooters well and opening up the gaps for Thunder to take advantage.  But England's ... More

Match Report: Manchester Thunder lose 53-72 at the hands of a classy Jamaica

Netball is back in Manchester.  But this time it's with a difference, as Manchester Thunder took on Jamaica's Sunshine Girls at the Wright Robinson in the build up to the Netball World Cup.  On the day after the International Netball Federation announced that Jamaica have moved up the world rankings to 2nd, Thunder were put through their paces in their first outing since 'that' Superleague Final win. Thunder started brightly, with an early turnover on Jamaica's centre pass they managed to bag three goals back to back.  But the International giants were soon back in the running and it wasn't long before they overtook Thunder.  Displaying plenty of skill with first time World Cup selectee Shamera Sterling, as well as experience in the form of Jhaniele Fowler, who scored an incredible 783 goals for her Australian Suncorp Super League team, West Coast Fever, last season. Thunder held their own, Jamaica scored 20 goals in the first quarter, no mean feat.  Although ... More

Manchester Thunder crowned Superleague Champions after epic showdown with Wasps

It was tense, it was gripping, it was unpredictable.  It had everything a final should have.  And best of all, it saw Manchester Thunder crowned the 2019 Netball Superleague Champions. It was a shaky start for the Black and Yellows, and they kept us waiting until the dying moments to seal the deal.  Wasps were classy and showed all the composure of the reigning champions.  The score swung from Wasps to Thunder, back to Wasps and back again.  Until eventually it landed safely in the hands of the Black and Yellows, who carried it over the line, willed on by the travelling Thunder Family. Thunder started poorly, losing possession on the first centre pass and falling behind by four goals, before Kathryn Turner opened the shooting with three minutes played.  Thunder were, at times, wasteful in possession and strived to force the turnover, only to lose the ball moments later thanks to a loose pass or error.  Wasps took no prisoners and punished Thunder for their ... More

Match Preview: The Grand Final

So, here we are.  The Grand Final.  It's been a tough old journey for Manchester Thunder to get here, but they've done it.  Through hard work, grit and determination, they've done it, and will face Wasps at the Copperbox on Saturday 18th May. Thunder started the season brightly, winning four games on the bounce.  But, there have been a couple of nerve-racking moments, where Thunder just made it that bit more difficult for themselves.  A shock loss against Severn Stars and both Team Bath and Loughborough Lightning getting the better of Thunder each time they met across the season.  The Black and Yellows cut it down to the wire to qualify for the semi-finals and secure a home semi-final. But, the moments of tension have been far out-weighed by the moments of brilliance.  Doing the double over reigning champions Wasps, once at the Ricoh Arena and the other on an electric night at the Thunderdome.  And, of course, securing their spot in the Grand Final with an emphatic ... More

Match Report: Manchester Thunder take huge win to secure all-important spot in Grand Final

Well, it was always going to be a gruelling night at the Thunderdome.  Manchester Thunder secured their place in the Grand Final after an explosive semi-final against Team Bath on Kerry Almond's last ever home game. It wasn't the greatest of starts for Thunder.  Bath managed to grab two early turnovers, one on the first centre pass of the game, to shake up the nerves.  Thunder looked a little apprehensive to begin with, and for a moment it seemed that the nerves may have affected them.  Given that Bath have won both games against the Black and Yellows this season, it wouldn't be a great shock to find out that Thunder were tense.  But it wasn't long before Almond made her first of many crucial interceptions, and Thunder were back in the game. Bath took a four goal lead in the opening ten minutes but once Thunder settled down, it was clear we had a game on our hands.  A big response from defensive duo Almond and Emma Dovey ensured Thunder were back in the running.  They ... More

Match Report: Manchester Thunder succumb to defeat thanks to a feisty Team Bath

It was a difficult night in Manchester for Thunder, who fell to defeat thanks to a gutsy Team Bath performance. Bath made it two out of two as they took their second victory of the season over Thunder.  Much like the first time the two sides met, it was a physical battle, as was to be expected with a spot in the top four and therefore the semi-finals up for grabs.  But it wasn't to be for Thunder who struggled to establish themselves as the game wore on. Thunder flew out of the blocks and it looked like they were well and truly up for this match up.  Immediately the physical battles began to emerge, Caroline O'Hanlon and England Rose Serena Guthrie at C, and Laura Malcolm showed signs of causing chaos at WD.  A couple of huge interceptions from her in the opening 15 minutes put the Thunder crowd in a good mood.  Along with some signature blocks and interventions from Kerry Almond, Thunder managed to draw out an early lead. The second quarter saw a much less ... More

Match Report: Manchester Thunder fall to defeat at the hands of Loughborough Lightning

It was always going to be a tough game for Manchester Thunder.  A convincing win in Saturday's match against London Pulse set the stage for a bumper weekend but, in the end, it wasn't meant to be for Thunder who fell just shy of victory against Loughborough Lightning. After yesterday's win over Pulse and a definite spot in the top four up for grabs, it was all to play for in this highly contested tie.  Lightning beat Thunder earlier on in the season and clearly came to Glasgow with a similar game plan, which saw off Thunder in the final quarter. The opening 15 minutes were tough for Thunder but an early turnover allowed them to take a lead.  Lightning took a few minutes to settle into the game but it soon became apparent that the game was going to be a feisty one.  Each side held the lead for what seemed like only seconds, before the other swooped in and stole the glory once again.  The turnovers were coming thick and fast, and so were the goals. Liana Leota ... More

Match Report: One down, one to go for Thunder who take their first big win in Glasgow

Manchester Thunder got back to winning ways as they stretched out a huge lead over London Pulse on the Big Easter Weekend in Glasgow to thrash them in their first match of the weekend. It's a case of 'more of the same' for Thunder who will be hoping to continue today's momentum into tomorrow's showdown with Loughborough Lightning. The first half saw Thunder take an early lead but it wasn't until the second half, and the final quarter in particular, when the Black and Yellows began to rack up the goals to increase that all important goal difference at the top of the table. Head Coach Karen Greig opted for a slightly different starting seven, admitting that it was a tactical decision in the hope of resting some legs ahead of tomorrow.  Starts for Rebekah Airey and Eleonar Cardwell showcased Thunder's strength in depth superbly and neither were afraid to show their worth.  Airey put in a sublime performance at GD, one which earned her Player of the Match. The ... More

Easter Weekend Preview: Thunder face double-whammy in Glasgow

The Easter Weekend is upon us, and with it, a feast of Netball.  Manchester Thunder travel to Glasgow at this pivotal point in the season to face London Pulse on Saturday and Loughborough Lightning on Sunday. Seven teams can still mathematically finish within the top four and grab a spot in the coveted semi-finals.  This weekend, all ten teams will be taking part in the weekend's festivities, either in Glasgow or Coventry.  Thunder still sit on top of the Vitality Superleague, despite a shock defeat to Severn Stars in their last outing.  This weekend's results will prove crucial in the race for the semi-finals, with Wasps hot on the Black and Yellows' tails. First up, it's top vs bottom in the form of London Pulse on Saturday.  Pulse have won just two of their games so far this season.  The first, a nail-biting win against Severn Stars at the Super 10 back in January.  The second, just a couple of weeks ago, a hard-fought victory over semi-final chasers Saracens ... More