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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 ...
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 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 ...
Manchester Thunder managed to get all 12 players out on court for the second time in a week as they came out on top in Manchester against Celtic Dragons to maintain their top of the table position in the Vitality Superleague. Today's match was in support of Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign, which aims to make sport for everyone.
Thunder got off to a flying start as they managed to rack up an impressive 20 goals in the opening 15 minutes. They were dominant in possession and successfully imposed themselves on Dragons, who currently sit 6th in the Superleague. Thunder took a couple of early turnovers to get the ball rolling and managed to put ten goals on the scoreboard fairly quickly.
Thunder looked dangerous on the break and at times showed immense pace, the combination of Liana Leota and Kathryn Turner showed promise early doors, topped off with some superb shooting from Joyce Mvula, Thunder looked ruthless.
The second quarter ...
A solid performance from Manchester Thunder who now sit back on top of the Vitality Superleague after beating Strathclyde Sirens in Glasgow.
Thunder got off to a flying start and it was clear from the outset that it was going to be a tough ask for Glasgow-based Strathclyde Sirens to overcome the Black and Yellows.
Thunder established an early lead and managed to stretch it to ten goals at one point in the first quarter with star shooter Joyce Mvula shooting at 100%, bagging herself an impressive 14 of the 19 goals scored in the opening 15 minutes.
Sirens struggled to find their form and some poor shooting left ample opportunity for defenders Emma Dovey and Kerry Almond to punish their mistakes. Thunder lacked pace at times but they had no problems in sending the ball to the other end of court, Mvula and Kathryn Turner only too happy to reward the efforts.
Thunder finished the first quarter nine goals to the good, an early lead which ...
There are some matches that are difficult to put into words, even though there is so much to say. That was this game. Manchester Thunder took an unbelievable victory over Wasps in this top of the table clash.
Thunder looked strong to start with. The first quarter played out goal for goal until Thunder took the first crucial turnover, at which point the game began to open up and both sides were hitting each other on the break. The turnovers were falling to Thunder and the goals were too.
Kerry Almond enjoyed blocking out Rachel Dunn and the defensive combination of her and Emma Dovey played a decisive role. Joyce Mvula was only too happy to reward their efforts at the other end. Wasps struggled to find their stride as Thunder seemed to have the upper hand, and a flurry of goals in the last minute saw them leading by six goals at quarter time.
Wasps came into the second quarter with a point to prove. They had already been defeated by this ...
So, here it is, the one we've all been waiting for. Manchester Thunder will take on Wasps at Wright Robinson, the original Thunderdome, on Saturday in front of a sell out home crowd.
Thunder return to the Wright Robinson for the first time this season for this hotly anticipated fixture. Both sides will undoubtedly be heading into this tie with an understanding that this game is huge. Thunder sneaked to the top of the table last week as Wasps came agonisingly close, but eventually lost out, to Loughborough Lightning to record their second defeat in three games.
The top of the table clash sees Thunder attempt to do the double over Wasps this season, while the Coventry based side will be out for revenge after the Black and Yellows outclassed them on their home turf just a couple of weeks ago.
Given that both sides are level on points, separated on only goal difference, this fixture could break the deadlock and be a decisive turning point in each team's season and their ...
It wasn't a perfect start for Manchester Thunder, who were sporting pink instead of their usual Black and Yellow in support of Cancer Research, but a dominant performance in the second and third quarters was enough to see off sixth place Surrey Storm.
Thunder have faced the challenge of three consecutive away trips in the past two weeks, no doubt they were happy to be greeted by the home crowd at Belle Vue. A dream-like victory over Wasps earlier in the week provided the back drop for the atmosphere at the home tie.
It took Thunder around ten minutes of the first quarter to settle into the game, they allowed Storm to take a five goal lead early doors. But it was perhaps enough to frighten them into a performance, after a superb victory earlier in the week over top of the table Wasps, Thunder needed to keep the momentum high in front of the home crowd.
An injury for Storm's Mikki Austin in the last minute of the first quarter was a blow to ...
It's been a tough couple of weeks for Manchester Thunder, three away trips in the space of two weeks, as they travel to Coventry to play their rearranged game against top of the table Wasps.
The defending Champions are unbeaten so far in their season campaign, coming into this clash off the back of a convincing victory over Strathclyde Sirens.
Thunder head into the match in the hope of making a comeback, after a tough away trip to Team Bath last Friday saw them concede their first away defeat of the season.
Thunder were unlucky to come away with the loss at Bath after a string of decisions went against them. Bath were resilient in attack and Thunder struggled to take control in the early stages of the game, unable to recover as the game wore on. Something they will have hoped to improve and build on in the short period between the two games.
But back to back away trips is no mean feat, the Black and Yellows will have travelled no less than 1000 miles in the past ...
As expected, it was a tough night for Manchester Thunder, who were unable to maintain their 100% away record and prevent Team Bath from securing their first home victory of the season.
From the first whistle to the last, it was a predictably physical battle between the two sides but it was Team Bath who put on an impressive display in front of a sell out home crowd at the University of Bath.
Thunder took an early lead but were unconvincing at times and struggled to establish their presence on court. Bath managed to find a rhythm and a system that worked and went ahead inside ten minutes.
The Black and Yellows were lacking their usual pace through the middle of the court and Rachel Shaw was able to slip away from Amy Carter to feed shooters Sophie Drakeford-Lewis and Kim Commane.
Carter was swapped for Laura Malcolm for the start of the second quarter in an attempt to quash Bath's waves of attack. The combinations between Mia Ritchie and Shaw were starting ...