Match Reports


Report – Double Thunder win starts the year in style

Thunder marched in to the New Year with two solid wins in a pre-season triple-header at Belle Vue on Saturday 11 January. Coach Karen Greig spoke of wanting to try out a number of different combinations and did just that in wins over Severn Stars (67-48) and a 57-39 victory over Strathclyde Sirens. With the games split into six 10-minute periods, Thunder pulled ahead early in against Severn Stars leading 15 – 7 after the first period. Karen said, “ I am pleased with the overall result. We were really good at times but were inconsistent and rusty during other sets of play. It was good to be able to try out different combinations of players, which we are going to need this season but we need to build on what was out there. Stick to the game plan; keep it simple and open up the court” Severn Stars and Sirens played each other in a tight contest that finished 45 – 41 to the Stars, having been neck and neck for most of the hour. Thunder took to the court again to ... More

Thunder win Mike Greenwood Trophy

Manchester Thunder won the Mike Greenwood Trophy on Saturday (14 December) after winning the Manchester Invitational Tournament at Platt Lane. In a busy afternoon of Netball, the Superleague Champions won all their group games before facing Saracens Mavericks in the final. The deciding game was a hard-fought contest between two impressive sides but Thunder ran out eventual winners by 49 points to 42. Full results: Manchester Thunder 45 - 40 Saracens Mavericks Team Bath 34 - 27 Loughborough Lightning Manchester Thunder 45 - 26 Loughborough Lightning Saracens Mavericks 42 - 26 Team Bath Manchester Thunder 48 - 29 Team Bath Saracens Mavericks 43 - 31 Loughborough Lightning FINAL: Manchester Thunder 49 - 42 Saracens Mavericks Photo Gallery: Photos by Mark Pritchard More

Report – Convincing pre-season win in North Wales

Manchester Thunder’s first outing of pre-season brought a commanding 59 goal win against Celtic Dragons in Deeside. Karen Greig’s team made the short trip down the M56 into north Wales for the annual fixture and showed their class from the start limiting Dragons to just three goals in the first period while they piled 18 onto the scoreboard. Thunder have had a consistent team over the last couple of year with a couple of changes for the 2020 season while Dragons have a much changed line up which included three former Thunder players Abby Tyrrell, Amy Clinton and Sophie Morgan. It showed as Dragons took time to settle and the black and yellows were dominant. The many combination throughout the court were impressive. Captain Emma Dovey led the way with some well-timed interceptions, and well back up by Rebekah Airey. The speed through the court was phenomenal and Dragons simply couldn’t live with it. The partnership between Caroline O’Hanlon and Ash Neal looks slick ... More

Fast5 – Thunder score first win but fail to make semis

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... More

Match Report: Manchester Thunder lose 53-72 at the hands of a classy Jamaica

Netball is back in Manchester.  But this time it's with a difference, as Manchester Thunder took on Jamaica's Sunshine Girls at the Wright Robinson in the build up to the Netball World Cup.  On the day after the International Netball Federation announced that Jamaica have moved up the world rankings to 2nd, Thunder were put through their paces in their first outing since 'that' Superleague Final win. Thunder started brightly, with an early turnover on Jamaica's centre pass they managed to bag three goals back to back.  But the International giants were soon back in the running and it wasn't long before they overtook Thunder.  Displaying plenty of skill with first time World Cup selectee Shamera Sterling, as well as experience in the form of Jhaniele Fowler, who scored an incredible 783 goals for her Australian Suncorp Super League team, West Coast Fever, last season. Thunder held their own, Jamaica scored 20 goals in the first quarter, no mean feat.  Although ... More

Match Report: Thunder secure home semi-final with win over Surrey Storm

Manchester Thunder secured a home semi-final with a tight 55-60 victory at Surrey Sports Park. Surrey Storm threatened to upset the top four before the game and they almost did as Thunder looked nervous right from the start. All Superleague matches started at the same time and there was all to play for with four teams vying for three play off places. Thunder's attack initially looked disjointed and, along with missed shots, only nine goals were scored with Storm taking the quarter 13-9. Cardwell came on at goal attack the end of the first quarter and changed the game for Thunder, hungry for the ball and scoring goals she drove Thunder into the lead and Thunder went into the changing rooms four goals to the good 22-28. For the third quarter, Amy Carter replaced Caroline O’Hanlon at centre. Thunder looked like they were threatening to run away with the game but lost their flow and Storm edged their way back in. At three quarter time Storm were back in the lead 43-42 ... More

Match Report: Manchester Thunder fall to defeat at the hands of Loughborough Lightning

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 ... More

Match Report: Thunder see Stars as they are beaten at home 47-50

Manchester Thunder wasted an opportunity to increase their lead at the top of the table after succumbing to a confident Severn Stars outfit 47-50. The day didn’t start as planned with a 20-minute delay due to the centre circle being 7cm out of place. The delay clearly affect Thunder as they were slow out of the blocks in a scrappy start to the game. Captain Emma Dovey led the way with a couple of driving intercepts urging her team forward. Thunder went into the first break two goals to the good, 13-11, but you could see they were clearly not firing on all cylinders. Into the second quarter and you could see glimpses of greatness from the black and yellows but a couple of offensive contact calls against Joyce Mvula seemed to rock their confidence and a gritty Stars team eagerly used the opportunity to nudge into the lead. Thunder were making a meal of it with several feeds way off target to Mvula, who was taken off and replaced by former Stars star Eleanor Cardwell. The ... More

Match Report: Manchester Thunder emerge victorious against Celtic Dragons in their second win in a week

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. Impressive 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. Prowess The second quarter ... More

Match Report: Manchester Thunder overcome Strathcyde Sirens in comfortable victory

A solid performance from Manchester Thunder who now sit back on top of the Vitality Superleague after beating Strathclyde Sirens in Glasgow. Impressive 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. Opportunity Thunder finished the first quarter nine goals to the good, an early lead which ... More