By Rona Hunnisett at The Copper Box for Manchester Thunder
Missed shots and powerplay opportunities hurt Manchester Thunder hard in this year’s British Fast5 All Stars competition, with the reigning Netball Superleague champions failing to reach the semi final stage of the competition.
However, there was much to applaud during the afternoon at London’s Copper Box, with the club’s new defensive line up of Loreen Ngwira, Rebekah Airey and Emma Dovey switching combinations effortlessly, and Thunder actually scoring their first win in the competition’s three year history!
After signing former Australian international shooter Erin Bell and Malawian midcourt dynamo Takonda Lwazi as All Stars for the tournament, hopes in the Thunder camp were high at the start of play, but failure to capitalise on powerplay opportunities hit the Manchester side hard in the first game of the day. During the two minute period, in which all points scored count double, Thunder’s azsKath...
We can confirm our full squad for the British Fast5 Netball All-Stars on Saturday, 12 October at the Copper Box in London.
Joining our All-Stars Erin Bell and Takondwa Lwazi in Karen Greig's team will be confirmed players from Thunder's 2020 Superleague squad:
Joyce Mvula, Kathryn Turner, Ashleigh Neal, Emma Dovey, Caroline O'Hanlon, Rebekah Airey and Loreen Ngwira
The final spot will be taken by former Thunder training partner Taylor Cullen.
Taylor has signed for Strathclyde Sirens for the 2020 Superleague season, however, they won't be playing in this year's Fast5. So, we have signed her up exclusively for this tournament and we can't wait to have her as part of the squad.
Manchester Thunder today name one of their All-Star players for next month's British Fast5 Netball All-Stars Championship.
Takondwa Lwazi, known to friends and supporters as Bonzo, was influential in centre court for the Malawi Queens at the Netball World Cup this summer in Liverpool and has been part of her country's squad for some time, including at last year's Commonwealth Games.
The 27-year old Police Sergeant will link up with fellow Malawi stars Joyce Mvula and Lauren Ngwira, who have just signed for Thunder's 2020 Superleague campaign, as one of the two All-Stars who join the Thunder squad exclusively for the Championship at the Copper Box on 12 October.
Eight teams from the Superleague will do battle in 12-minute matches with Thunder, the Vitality Netball Superleague Champions, looking to improve on disappointing finishes in the first two years of the event.
“I can't wait to come to the UK with Joyce and Lauren and join up with the Thunder ...
Manchester Thunder are bringing one of Australia’s best Netballers to the UK for the British Fast5 Netball All-Stars Championship.
The Vitality Netball Superleague Champions have named Erin Bell as one of their two all-star players. The 32-year old shooter won ANZ Championships with NSW Swifts and Adelaide Thunderbirds, and played for Collingwood Magpies before retiring at the end of 2018.
She was part of the Australia squad at two World Championships and is a hugely successful Fast5 player, captaining the Australian Fast5 team at the 2014 World Series.
Erin will be part of the 10-strong Manchester Thunder squad for the Championship which takes place at the Copper Box in London on Saturday, 12 October. Eight teams from the Superleague will do battle in 12-minute matches.
While she’s in the North West preparing for the event with the Thunder squad, she will also lead a series of masterclasses.
Erin Bell said:
“I'm really excited to be part of the Manchester ...
Manchester Thunder were knocked-out of Fast5 All-Stars 2018 after losing to Team Bath and BenecosMavericks at the Copperbox.
The Black and Yellows suffered a narrow 23-18 loss to Bath in the first game and needed to beat Mavericks in the second to stay in the competition.
However, despite leading for the majority of the game, a Mavericks 10-pointer shot from Karyn Bailey during her side's powerplay, led them to a 32-22 win.
Reigning Superleague champions Wasps won the event, with former England shooter Rachel Dunn named MVP, after putting in a starring role with a plethora of five and 10-point shots.
Thunder head coach Karen Greig said: "We had the opportunity to win both games.
"But we didn't take our chances and luck wasn't on our side, which ultimately Fast5 has an element of.
"We were wasteful on our powerplays at times but overall I was happy with the team culture and high expectations of each other and look forward to using this as a springboard for the ...
Manchester Thunder have swooped for two big-name New Zealand players, signing Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit and Anna Thompson for their Fast5 All-Star squad.
The duo will be Thunder's international All-Star players for the tournament, which takes place at the Copperbox on October 13.
Southern Steel defender Selby-Rickit has plenty of experience in the format, having won the Fast5 World Series in 2012 with New Zealand.
The 29-year-old joins Thunder on the back of a title-winning season with Steel in the ANZ Championship.
Meanwhile, Thompson is set to be a real asset for the Black and Yellows as she is able to play in a number of attacking positions.
She has competed in an impressive five Fast5 International Series for the Silver Ferns and has a decade of experience playing in the New Zealand domestic top-flight, playing a franchise-record 131 times for the Mainland Tactix.
Manchester Thunder had coach Karen Grieg said: "I'm really excited to have both Anna and Te ...
By Denise Evans
A blend of youth and experience has always been the pathway to success for any Superleague Manchester Thunder squad.
And the Fast5 All-Star Championship will be no different.
With the return of former captain Sara Bayman from New Zealand and in stalwart defenders Kerry Almond and Emma Dovey, the Black and Yellows have maturity, thousands of hours of court time and loyalty.
Then throw in energy, skill and tenacity from young England players Amy Clinton and Gabby Marshall, and you have yourself the ideal squad combination.
The centre court will be an especially powerful force and is set to fit in perfectly with the Fast5 format as Sophie Morgan's pace, Dani Bloomfield's ability to drive the ball through from defence and Bea Skingsley's intelligence a real threat to the opposition.
But it is in attack where Thunder will strike the blows, with Roses star Helen Housby rejoining the ranks alongside Thunder's Players' Player of the Season 2017, Kathryn ...
Thunder will face Loughborough Lightning in round 1 of the British Fast 5 All-Stars Championship.
The draw was made live on Sky Sports which will also feature all the matches at the event, at London's O2 Arena, from 5pm on Saturday.