2018 Squad

2018 Superleague Squad – Emma Dovey to lead experienced defence as Thunder Captain

Emma Dovey will lead an experienced Manchester Thunder defence in 2018. She will also captain the team for a second season in 2018. Dovey is joined once again by Kerry Almond, Dani Bloomfield and Bea Skingsley while Abby Tyrrell and Taylor Cullen will step up from the Performance squad to complete the defensive end. The 26-year-old is relishing a second season as skipper and believes her ‘daunting’ first season will make her a better leader in 2018. “Last year was a new experience and that can be quite daunting,” she said. “However, now I have a year of experience, I think I will be more confident, particularly as we have a similar team to last season and I know the girls a lot better.” Thunder’s defence is the real foundation of the squad, with Dovey taking to the court alongside Almond for over a decade. Their vast experience playing together is vital but Dovey concedes that bringing in new players is important for any team, too. She added: ... More

2018 Superleague Squad – Experienced centre court line-up announced

Liana Leota will return to Manchester Thunder for the 2018 Superleague campaign as part of an experienced centre court. The New Zealander goes into her third season in Manchester, and joins new signing Caroline O’Hanlon in the midcourt of the 2018 Thunder squad. Beccy Hoult, Sophie Morgan and Amy Carter complete the centre court line-up. Carter, who has climbed through the Thunder youth ranks, is a promising talent at centre and with Morgan and Hoult’s pace, Thunder have plenty of midcourt combination options. Northern Ireland star O’Hanlon, who moves to the Black and Yellows from Sirens, is eager to start training with the team, especially Leota. “Liana is going to be exciting to play with due to her experience but Thunder have real quality in every position,” the 33-year-old said. “Thunder have exciting young players coming through and it’s a nice balance. “They have had a really good calibre of players at centre in the past and I’m chuffed to ... More

2018 Superleague Squad – Thunder sign Northern Ireland international Caroline O’Hanlon

Manchester Thunder have signed Northern Ireland international Caroline O’Hanlon. The experienced centre comes into the squad after enjoying a strong Superleague season with Sirens. A qualified doctor, O’Hanlon joins the Black and Yellows following the departure of Gabriella Marshall to the BenecoMavericks. And the 33-year-old admits she could not pass up the opportunity to join one of Superleague’s most successful clubs. She said: “I’ve always admired Thunder and the tradition they’ve always had in the Superleague. “I had a really enjoyable season at Sirens but I wanted a new challenge. “Thunder have always done really well in terms of their coaching staff, with so many players moving away in the past few seasons and I admire how well they have done when they have lost players. “I really wanted to experience that and (head coach) Karen Greig is a big reason for me joining.” O’Hanlon hopes to play for her country in next spring’s Gold ... More