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Thunder finish regular season with 60 vs 45 win over Stars

Manchester Thunder finished the regular season in style with a 60-45 victory over Severn Stars.Thunder will now head into the Final Four in Birmingham to play Wasps with confidence.It was a match with a colourful twist as the Thunderdome showed support for the Stonewall campaign, which encourages equality in sport for the LGBT community.Players wore rainbow laces and staff donned specially-designed t-shirts as the final game of the season at the Thunderdome finished with a splash of colour.Thunder took their time to stamp their authority in the game but an impressive display from player of the match Joyce Mvula led their charge after a strong opening quarter from the visitors.​Coach Karen Greig was keen to show ‘solidarity’ for the Rainbow Laces initiative. “We wanted to show that sport is for all and it’s great we got to support Rainbow Laces today,” She ... More

Thunder face Severn Stars at the Thunderdome in the last match before the Final Four competition.

Manchester Thunder will want to finish strongly in their final game of the regular season on Saturday.Thunder face Severn Stars at the Thunderdome in the last match before the Final Four competition. The Black and Yellows recorded their biggest win of the season last time the two sides met in Worcester. And they will be looking to repeat that performance to give themselves as much confidence as possible going into the play-offs in Birmingham on June 10 and 11.Coach Karen Greig said ahead of the game: “We need to prepare well, do our homework and go out and make sure we win. We want to finish the regular season strong, going into the Final Four on a high.”Thunder players will be wearing Rainbow Laces to support the Stonewall charity, an initiative to help make sport inclusive for everyone, including the LGBT community.Colours of the rainbow will be the theme for the match and fans are encouraged to support the campaign on the day by wearing bright colours.Thu... More

Thunder slip to 12 goal defeat at the Thunderdome

Manchester Thunder slipped to a 12-goal defeat to Team Bath on an emotionally-charged night at the Thunderdome.The match marked a week since the terror attack at Manchester Arena which killed 22 and injured scores of others. Players, who all wore black armbands, joined staff, volunteers and fans to pay tribute to those affected by the blast, with a poignant and impeccably observed one-minute’s silence. Following the touching tributes, attention moved to the action on court, with the Sky Sports cameras looking on.Team Bath started with real intent, knowing they had to win this game to put themselves in the driving seat to qualify for the Final Four. Their defence was brutal in suffocating Thunder's attack and punished an unusually hesitant home side.  Thunder never really recovered from that sucker-punch of an opening quarter and although valiant in their efforts to close the gap, a stubborn Bath stood firm. ​ Coach Karen Greig lambas... More

Thunder beat Mavericks 60 vs 46 to secure their Final Four place.. almost

Manchester Thunder have all-but qualified for the Superleague Final Four with a 14-goal win over Hertfordshire Mavericks.Barring remarkable results in other games, Thunder will join already-qualified Loughborough Lightning and Wasps for the play-offs weekend in Manchester. Either Team Bath or Surrey are the sides most likely to take the final spot.It was a complete performance from Thunder, who were efficient and played at a high tempo in attack, as their experience and composure in defence showed against a stubborn Mavericks side.​Coach Karen Greig was relieved to see her side ‘one step closer’ to that finals weekend spot after seeing her side see-off Mavericks with relative comfort.“We’re not quite there as a certain result has to happen on Monday before we’re guaranteed, but we’re so close now and that’s what we came here to do,” she said. ... More

Thunder go again for their Final Four spot vs Mavericks

Manchester Thunder play Hertfordshire Mavericks on Saturday in their quest to secure a spot in the​Superleague’s Final Four.Knowing they were one win away from the play-offs, Thunder missed the chance to qualify after losing to Wasps at the Thunderdome last weekend.They are now determined to book their place at the very next opportunity, against Mavericks in the south east.The Black and Yellows had come off a disrupted week of training for the Wasps game, with two of their key players away at England U21 training camps.​But coach Karen Greig is confident a full week of training with her whole squad will make a huge difference for the away trip this weekend. She said: "That game against Wasps is gone. After it I was just looking forward to training with my whole squad."Mavericks are going to pose a threat to us on Saturday, and we know ... More

Netball World Youth Cup – Squad Announcement

Two Manchester Thunder players have been selected in the England squad for this summer's Netball World Youth Cup. Centre-courter Gabriella Marshall and shooter Amy Clinton will head to Gaborone, Botswana in July.Amy Carter, who is a Thunder Superleague training partner, has been chosen as one of the reserve players for the tournament.Thunder coach Karen Greig said: "I'm really proud of Amy and Gabs, having worked with both since they were 13."They have always showed willingness to learn and great commitment to get what they have been striving for.They have both stepped up in VNSL this season and this is a great reward for them." Greig was keen to add her disappointment on behalf of Carter but commended her for making the reserve list.She added: "I'm gutted that she has just missed out on the 12 but to be a reserve player is a great achievement. She has been on the wrong side of selection at times in the past and always come out fighting the ... More

Thunder’s hopes stung by a revitalised Wasps

Manchester Thunder buckled under the pressure from a revitalised Wasps as they fell to a 58-44 defeat at the Thunderdome. The Black and Yellows went toe-to-toe with their rivals in the opening period, but a lapse in concentration combined with a ruthless display from Wasps in the second quarter took the game away. In the second half, Thunder never recovered from that damaging passage of play and surrendered the chance to secure a place in the Final Four. Coach Karen Greig was unhappy with her side’s preparation coming into the game, with two of her key players - Amy Clinton and Gabriella Marshal l- missing training all week to take part in England u21 camps. She said: “The scoreline is not what we were looking for but it’s been a difficult week for us and not ideal preparation as we’ve not had the whole squad in at training at all. To lose two of our players out of training has ... More

Kerry Almond 2017

Kerry Almond almost joined the police when she was 19. Can you imagine a Manchester Thunder without those impeccably timed intercepts? “I got to the final rounds of interviews for the police, but they thought I needed a bit more life experience. Maybe I can try again when I retire. If my body isn’t completely broken,” recalls Almond. “I always wanted to join the RAF but the way the world has gone in the last 15 years, it put me off.” It may be difficult to believe, but despite being one of the most vocal players in the heat of battle on court, Kerry is noticeably reserved and quiet off it. She counts her mentor and team-mate early-on, Julie Lewis, as a vital ‘old head’ in front of her in goal defence, in 'taking a season' to get Almond to talk on court. Although naturally private, Kerry credits netball for giving her confidence and bringing her the most joy in life – and one man in particular, Mike ... More

Thunder overpowered Stars to record biggest win of the season

Manchester Thunder overpowered Severn Stars in Worcester to record their biggest win of the season.The Black and Yellows dominated the hosts across court in a ruthless second half performance to secure a thumping 42-63 victory. It was a fairly even start to the game but Thunder always threatened to push on after half time, as their army of travelling fans lapped up magical moments in attack from Liana Leota, Gabby Marshall in centre court and from Kerry Almond in defence. But it was a solid performance from all seven players that pleased coach Karen Greig the most, as she saw her side notch up a 21-goal winning margin. “I was pleased with the whole game, despite us having a slow start,“ she said. “Once we found our groove, we pushed on. We got lots of turnover and apart from a few minutes in the second quarter, we were in control." Greig added: “All seven players had a great game and put a great deal of pressure on the Stars attack ... More

Thunder head to Worcester to play Severn Stars for the first time!

Manchester Thunder head to Worcester Arena to play Severn Stars for the first time on Saturday.The Black and Yellows face Superleague’s newcomers on their home turf, but it is the venue that has brought them considerable success in the past. Thunder famously won the Grand Final with a last-gasp Helen Housby goal in 2014 and the players will be hoping for another positive outcome this weekend.Stars will be looking to bounce back from two consecutive defeats, while Thunder continue their push for a play-off spot. The Stars squad includes a number of former Thunder players, including their captain Laura Malcolm. However Thunder coach Karen Greig insists her players will approach this match just like any other. She said: “We've got plenty of footage on them so we're making sure we do our homework this week and make sure we have a solid game plan and push on for the next three points. I don’t think there's any pressure on us what so ever. I've ... More