2021 Squad

Pathway Head Coach Announcement – Lauren Palmer to Replace Alex Young

Manchester Thunder are delighted to announce that Lauren Palmer will be the new Pathway Head Coach until the end of November. Palmer replaces Alex Young who is currently on maternity leave following the birth of her son Alfie and is already involved in the pathway as the under 19’s head coach. Both the under-21 and under-19 age groups are to resume training today following a two month break and Palmer will be in immediate control. A thorough testing regime is in place, increasing safety and mitigating risk. Following the government road map, further elements of the pathway will be able to return from the 29th of March. On her appointment Palmer commented: “I’m privileged and honoured to be taking on this role as Pathway Head Coach, and can’t wait to see what this group of talented athletes and coaches can achieve together this season.” “I’m looking forward to working with the players, staff and parents involved to keep Manchester Thunder’s Pathway moving forward ... More

Legend Kerry Out of Retirement to Help Thunder Retain Superleague Title

Three-times Superleague winner Kerry Almond is coming out of retirement to help Manchester Thunder retain their title following the late withdrawal of Loreen Ngwira. The Malawian defender has had to be replaced for medical reasons and Kerry was the perfect player to fill the gap in the squad. She had been back training with Thunder as an associate supporting the rest of the line-up and answered Karen Greig’s call when looking for a replacement with the new season starting on Friday. Kerry Almond said: “I know. I said that was it and I wasn’t going to be tempted back. But I couldn’t stay away. “Not being able to play netball over the past year has been horrible for so many of us, and I have hated not being part of a team. So, when Karen asked if I would consider returning to the squad for another season playing in black and yellow, it was impossible to say no - especially as I know so many of our fans would do anything to be back together on court. “My last game for ... More

Nike dress launch with a tribute to Emmeline Pankhurst

With a new season comes a new dress, and we are extremely excited to announce that we have partnered with Nike to bring you a dress that not only looks strong, but represents Manchester's women at their finest. "We are here, not because we are law-breakers; we are here in our efforts to become law-makers" Emmeline Pankhurst was born in Moss Side, and Manchester is where the Suffragette movement started, fighting tirelessly to allow women the right to vote. Incorporating a thunderbolt shaped sash, as a clear nod to the iconic sashes worn by the Suffragette movement and the women who changed history, the thunderbolt is being reclaimed after not being used for a number of seasons. The away dresses are also inspired by the purple the Suffragettes wore to demonstrate dignity. Debbie Hallas, Managing Director of Manchester Thunder said, “I’m delighted that we have secured a 4 year deal with Nike, an iconic brand making huge strides in the netball world. I have been impressed by ... More

Manchester Thunder Delighted To Announce Their Training Partners

Manchester Thunder have invested in youth utilising their highly successful pathway to make up their training partner group. Front Row: Millie Sanders (GK/GD), Alicia Scholes (WA/C) and Ella Standring (WD/C) Back Row: Elia McCormick (GK/GD) and Emilia Roscoe (GS/GA) The black and yellows have retained the services of centre courters Alicia Scholes, daughter of Manchester United legend Paul Scholes and Ella Standring. While defender Elia McCormick looks to add to her experience and her first league action for Thunder. Two new additions, filling the spots left by the elevation of Berri Neil and Lois Pearson to the main squad are England U21 defender Millie Sanders and shooter Emilia Roscoe who move up from the under 21 squad. Manchester Thunder Head Coach and Director of Netball Karen commented “This training partner group massively excites me, all have worked really hard over the last few years and are products of our top class pathway programme boasting 4 out of 5 of them in ... More

Manchester Thunder Re-sign Dominant Defender Loreen Ngwira

Manchester Thunder is excited to reveal that Loreen Ngwira has agreed to resign to Thunder for the upcoming season. The powerful defender signed with the reigning champion’s team in 2019, ahead of the 2020 campaign. Ngwira started all four of Thunder’s games before the Covid pandemic hit and the league was cancelled. Now the 27-year old is excited to start where she left off with high hopes of success. Having impressed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games for the Malawi Queens finishing seventh, Ngwira was picked up by Team Northumbria where she made her Superleague debut. Subsequently, London Pulse acquired her services for the 2019 season once again linking up with Australian Ash Neal. With the retirement of club legend goal keeper Kerry Almond, Thunder were in the market for a dominant defender to partner captain Emma Dovey. Head Coach Karen Greig and Managing Director Debbie Hallas, responsible for player recruitment, identified Ngwira and after watching her at the 2019 World ... More

Manchester Thunder Re-Sign Malawi Queen Joyce Mvula

Manchester Thunder is delighted to announce the re-signing of stalwart shooter Joyce Mvula. Mvula hails from David Momba Village in Mzimba, the northern region of Malawi and was born into a large family of eight. Starting her netball journey at primary school, the 26-year old initially went on to star for the Blue Eagles Club, where she developed her raw talent and dedicated her life to the Malawi Police Service. In the beginning, once Mvula discovered a strong passion to netball, her flair and determination led her to snapping up a prestigious secondary school scholarship. She was soon selected for the Malawi national netball team in 2010, where she played as part of the official national team and made an appearance in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. But, Mvula did not stop there, in 2019 the shooter was named an “unsung hero” during the Netball World Cup. Despite being the second youngest shooter listed, Mvula was crowned the fifth top goal scorer, finishing with a tremendous ... More

Manchester Thunder Re-Sign Budding Rose

Manchester Thunder have ensured they will take care of unfinished business by signing up budding England Rose Amy Carter. Carter will join fellow Roses Laura Malcolm and Eleanor Cardwell who enter the second year of their contracts with the black and yellows. Currently in New Zealand playing a three match test series against the Silver Ferns, they are the first to take part in international netball since the pandemic hit. Having come through the pathway, Carter was elevated to the senior squad in 2018, and she burst onto the scene with impressive performance including helping Thunder to lift the Superleague title in 2019. Combing her medical studies at the University of Manchester, Amy balances a busy life and takes it all in her stride. Testament to the hard work she puts in she made her Roses debut during The Nations Cup in January. Carter says about her return to Thunder, “I’m delighted to re-sign for my home team. We were so disappointed not to be able to see out the 2020 ... More

Rebekah Airey re-signs to bolster defence for Manchester Thunder

Manchester Thunder are delighted to announce that they have re-signed the versatile defender, Rebekah Airey. The 24-year-old joined Manchester Thunder from Loughborough Lightning to be closer to her hometown of Wigan and develop all aspects of her game under the coaching talent of Karen Greig. She is now in her third season with the club where playing across GK, GD and WD, is invaluable at reinforcing their defensive unit. Airey started her netball career at an early age and represented Tyldesley Netball Club and then later joined Tameside Netball Club where her talent was recognised, and she started to stand out as an accomplished player. Airey commented that her mother was the one who introduced her into netball and jokes that, “she threw me and my siblings into every sport she could find to tire us out when we were young and netball was the one that stuck because it was so social.” About re-signing for Thunder, Airey said, “I’m super excited to be back at Thunder for ... More

Captain Fantastic Extends Contract With Thunder

Emma Dovey has re-signed for another season with Superleague Champions, Manchester Thunder, and will continue to boost the squad with her invaluable experience and effective leadership style. Following Sara Bayman’s departure from Thunder in 2016, Dovey inherited the team captain crown and will now enter her fourth consecutive season at the helm. The Lancashire-born Physical Education teacher has shown great dedication to the North West based franchise and has committed her whole senior career in netball to Manchester Thunder. Throughout her Thunder journey, defender Dovey has led the team to memorable victories such as becoming back to back winners of the Mike Greenwood Trophy in 2018 and 2019 and she also played a pivotal role for England Roses in the Fast5 World series squad in Australia in 2018. After the cancellation of the 2020 Vitality Netball Superleague after only four matches, Dovey and the rest of the team are now itching to get back to both training and competition ... More

Manchester Thunder Re-Sign Northern Irish Powerhouse

Manchester Thunder’s force of nature and Northern Ireland captain Caroline O’Hanlon has re-signed for a fourth season with the club and will continue to demonstrate her quest for continual improvement and appetite for success in the reigning champion’s squad.   O’Hanlon, 36, has enjoyed a long and successful international netball reaching back as far as 2002 when she competed for Northern Ireland in her first Netball World Cup. She then went on to compete in the same events in 2011 and again in 2019 where she captained the team.  She has also competed in the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games and was a member of the Northern Ireland teams that were silver medallists at the 2012 and 2017 European Netball Championships. O’Hanlon, who also plays Gaelic Football for Carrickcruppen and Armagh, joined Manchester Thunder in 2017 and has consistently displayed an outstanding level dedication and determination. She also played a pivotal role in her second season with the club ... More