Manchester Thunder left it late but it was a scintillating performance in the end to steal the victory from Team Northumbria by 53 points to 46.
A dominant first quarter from Thunder gave them a convincing lead which they managed to hold throughout the match, despite dropping a gear in the second and third quarters.
The noise escalated throughout the match at the Thunderdome as the crowd delighted in dazzling shots from Amy Clinton, Joyce Mvula and Kathryn Turner.
In the end a standout performance from Caroline O’Hanlon and some jaw dropping interceptions from Captain Emma Dovey were the difference between the home side and the visitors.
Despite an energetic opening quarter from Thunder the score was almost neck and neck by half time. The third quarter proved to be a close tie as the visitors ramped up the pressure but Thunder managed to run away with the match in the last ten minutes, effectively extinguishing any hope of a Northumbria come back.
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Severn Stars 47 Manchester Thunder 48
Manchester Thunder won another remarkable game at Worcester Arena.
At the same venue the Black and Yellows won the Superleague in 2014 with a last-gasp goal, they produced a near-carbon copy finale in this opening game of the 2018 season.
This time with less than 10 seconds on the clock, the ball fell to Amy Clinton, who calmly slotted in the winner to secure a stunning comeback, after her side had been 10 goals down at half time (20-30).
It was a disappointing first half performance across the court from Thunder and Karen Greig was forced into making a number of changes in an attempt to spark her team into life.
It was a day of mixed fortunes for two players on their debut, with new signing Caroline O’Hanlon, while strong and fast, was unable to fully insert her authority at centre.
However, young Amy Carter performed superbly, especially in the second half when she switched to centre.
In such an intense, pressure-cooker ...
Manchester Thunder looked in fine form in their 36-63 victory over Celtic Dragons at Deeside Leisure Centre. In front of a sell-out crowd of over 300 the black and yellows put out many combinations in their final pre-season run out with head coach Karen Greig trying to work out her best team.
Thunder started well with a quick 3-0 lead and made Dragons work for every ball, the defence through mid-court was impressive. Dragons were restricted to scoring just four goals with Thunder on 11.
Dragons came out breathing fire for the second quarter, giving Thunder a lot to think about as they started to move the ball more fluidly around the court. The changes affected Thunder and they uncharacteristically threw a lot of possession away. At the end of the quarter Dragons had pulled back to 12-16.
The third quarter saw the introduction of Amy Clinton at goal shooter, it had an immediate impact and the attack combination of Caroline O’Hanlon, Liana Leota, Kathryn Turner and Clinton ...
The match report for Thunder's friendly against Team Northumbria has been written by UCLan Sports Journalism student Cassie Nunn-Price.
Manchester Thunder stormed to a convincing victory against Team Northumbria, beating the away team by 28 points in their first game of the pre-season.
The first half was minor in comparison to the latter half, with Thunder taking their time to get into the game and letting Northumbria take a three-point lead early on. But in the final five minutes of the first Thunder became the dominant side and ended the quarter eight points ahead.
In the second quarter changes where made, coach Karen Greig opted to change formation and put a young squad out. Mistakes in passing and gaps in defence cost Thunder chances in the second. Northumbria noticed the weaker side and took advantage, clawing back their eight-point deficit, ending the first half 32-30. Northumbria were back into contention.
Greig spoke post-match about the second quarter, saying: ...
Thunder's star names couldn't prevent an early exit from the inaugural British Fast 5 All-Stars Championship at The O2 Arena on Saturday (23 September).
Playing in front of some vocal Thunder fans at the London venue, as well as live on Sky Sports, the black and yellows led by coach Karen Greig couldn't convert opportunities into points in the new, shorter, faster format of the game.
Former stars Helen Housby and Sara Bayman were the all-star picks for the tournament and returned to join the Thunder family for the occasion - but the team suffered two defeats in their opening two games to Loughborough Lightning and Severn Stars, meaning they were eliminated from the competition.
Congratulations to our U17 and U19 squads who have won their respective competitions at England Netball's NPL Tournament 2017.
The U17s beat Yorkshire Netball 32-23 in the final to take victory in the four-day competition.
While, the U19s also beat Yorkshire Netball - this time by 51 points to 32.
Congratulations to all our players, coaches and support staff on their brilliant achievements.
Manchester Thunder finished the season on a high with a 56-48 victory over Team Bath in the Superleague third-fourth play-off.
It was a weekend of highs and lows as Thunder were forced to come back from a horrible loss to Wasps in the semi-final on Saturday, which also saw them miss out on a spot in the Grand Final.
But the Black and Yellows showed great character to pick themselves up and put in a confident display over the physically-imposing Bath.
The result was even more incredible given that Thunder suffered an exodus of players in the off-season.
Head coach Karen Greig believes Thunder have far exceeded even her highest expectations, which was to finish fourth.
“We didn’t come out fighting on Saturday, and although there were flashes of real brilliant, I think we lacked that passion we showed today (Sunday), she said. “Overall we were inconsistent in the
semi-final and didn’t carry out the game plan.
“We had belief today (Sunday) and we knew ...