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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...