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The Vitality Netball Superleague returns with a new look Season Opener

The Vitality Netball Superleague will return for its 15th year on Saturday, 22 February, 2020 with a new look Season Opener. It's been announced that this season the opening round will be in addition to the normal 18 rounds and the fixtures for this extra round are determined by where teams finished last season. That means that we will take on second place Wasps Netball, third place Team Bath will play Loughborough Lightning and so on. The matches will take place at the Arena Birmingham. Our clash with Wasps will be the last one in the day - at 5pm. The additional round will contribute to the regular season and count towards each club total points, the other 18 rounds will see teams play each other home and away, deciding who finishes in the top four to fight for a place in the Grand Final. The additional round means that we'll play nine home fixtures and nine away fixtures as well as the Season Opener. The fixtures are as follows: 11:00 - Strathclyde Sirens v ... More

Vitality Roses selected for 2019-20 campaign

We're delighted that four of Manchester Thunder's Superleague-winning 2018-19 squad have been named in the Roses programme for 2019-20. Congratulations to Rebekah Airey, Eleanor Cardwell and Laura Malcolm on being named in the P1 or P2 Roses programme and to Amy Carter for being selected for the Roses Futures programme. Thunder's Director of Netball Karen Greig said: "Having four of our core squad of 10 from 2018-2019 being given a place in the Vitality Roses programme for 2019-20 is recognition of the sheer hard work and determination shown by Rebekah, Eleanor, Laura and Amy over the past few months. They are players who make their mark both on and off court and deserve this recognition by Jess and the Roses team." Jess Thirlby, Vitality Roses Head Coach, said: “I would like to congratulate all athletes on their selection into the Roses programme. It is wonderful to have so much talent in our Roses and Futures programme. There are a lot of exciting international ... More

2019 NPL Tournament

Manchester Thunder's young stars head to Nottingham for England Netball's NPL Tournament between Thursday 25 and Sunday 28 July. The annual competition has under-17, under-19 and under-21 events where teams from Vitality Netball Superleague franchises, home nations and other high-performance programmes compete. Read England Netball's preview here >> See the schedule of matches >> See information for spectators >> Manchester Thunder Squads U21 SUSIE ARMSTRONG ELZABETH CARDWELL EBBIE DANSON-CHAPPELL JOSEPHINE FRASER-THOMSON AMELIA HALL NICOLE MALLOY ELIA MCCORMICK LOIS PEARSON EMILIA ROSCOE MILLIE SANDERS ELLA STANDRING HANNAH WILLIAMS U19 RACHEL CARTER ELLA GROCOTT ALEX JOHNSON ALEX MARTIN GRACE MILLS BERRI NEIL EMMA RAYNER GRACE RIMMER YASMIN ROEBUCK ALICIA SCHOLES FRANKIE SOUTHERN STACEY TANKOUA U17 BETH ADAMSON SAVANAH DADA-MASCOLL HANNAH DIAMOND ... More

Match Report: Manchester Thunder host Australia Diamonds in high-scoring thriller

Manchester Thunder held their own in what was perhaps the surprise match of the week, but eventually succumbed to a 62-94 defeat after a gruelling final two quarters. Ears pricked up and eyes were locked in as Australia opened proceedings in Manchester and Laura Malcolm flew in with an early interception off the first centre pass.  After yesterday's defeat at the hands of England Roses, Thunder could be forgiven for looking a bit tired.  But on the contrary, the Black and Yellows looked alert and spritely and the game was an open playing field for the first fifteen minutes. The crowd were treated to some new faces in the Thunder squad as the four Diamonds training partners, Emily Mannix, Tegan Philip, Gabi Simpson and Kate Moloney teamed up with the existing Thunder squad to ensure that all the Diamonds got a hit out on court.  The Aussies were missing captain Caitlin Bassett due to a concussion, it was announced this morning, but her presence on the sideline didn't ... More

Match Report: Manchester Thunder defeated at the hands of impressive England Roses

Manchester Thunder took on England Roses in their second of three matches where they 'take on the world' as part of the build up to the Netball World Cup.  With only one week left before the World Cup gets underway, Tracey Neville's England Roses put on a impressive display of netball to beat Thunder 38-75. England got off to a flying start, with an early turnover on Thunder's centre pass, they managed to tally up five goals before Thunder got a look in.  A couple of mistakes from Thunder got them off to a shaky start, England were unforgiving in attack and it was already clear that the packed out Belle Vue crowd were in for a feast of quality netball. Thunder fans will of been pleased to see the return of Kathryn Turner and Liana Leota to the team sheet after they missed the match up earlier this week against Jamaica due to illness.  Leota caused trouble for England, feeding the shooters well and opening up the gaps for Thunder to take advantage.  But England's ... More

Alex Young is Thunder’s new Pathway Head Coach

We're delighted to welcome a new addition to the Thunder Family as Alex Young joins us as our new Pathway Head Coach. Alex joins with a wealth of experience in similar roles having led the successful Yorkshire Pathway where they saw a resurgence of athletes selected for the National Academy. Alex's hard work was rewarded with her appointment as England U17 Head Coach and she them through a successful Netball Europe event. She brings a passionate and enthusiastic nature and is competitive to the core. Alex said: "I’m really excited to be a part of the Manchester Thunder family. Working in performance sport is my passion and I’m looking forward to working with some of the best athletes in the country, within the best Superleague team. "It’s an exciting time to be involved with the sport and I’m really grateful for the opportunity to work with Manchester Thunder and ready for the challenge." Thunder's Director of Netball Karen Greig added: "I'm so excited ... More

Added sparkle for Thunder on Sunday against Australian Diamonds

Supporters at Sunday’s World Cup warm-up between the Australian Diamonds and Manchester Thunder will get a chance to see some special additions to the Thunder side. The Australian Diamonds four training partners will be available for Karen Greig to call on to boost the Superleague Champions. Tegan Philip (GA/GS), Kate Moloney (C/WA), Gabi Simpson (WD/C) and Emily Mannix (GK/GD) will be looking to gain valuable court time ahead of the start of the World Cup in Liverpool so they are ready should they be called upon during the tournament. Thunder will, of course, be without Caroline O’Hanlon and Joyce Mvula who are in World Cup preparations with Northern Ireland and Malawi. But, fans will be able to see many regulars in action alongside the Australian Diamonds training partners. Tickets are still available for the game at Belle Vue on Sunday (first centre pass 1.30pm). They’re available at http://bit.ly/ausvthunder.         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

Jamaica v Thunder now at Wright Robinson College

There’s been huge demand for tickets to see the world’s best netballers in Manchester next month as they warm up for the Vitality Netball World Cup. Tickets for the game between Jamaica and Manchester Thunder sold out within 36 hours of going on sale and now, to meet demand, the fixture has been switched to a larger venue. The game, on Tuesday 2 July at 7.30pm, will be held at Wright Robinson College – trebling the potential crowd and giving more people the chance to see the Sunshine Girls, the world’s number three team, take on Vitality Netball Superleague Champions Thunder. Existing tickets remain valid for the game and new tickets are now on sale at www.manchesterthunder.co.uk/worldcup         More

Dan Ryan to leave Manchester Thunder

Dan Ryan is leaving his role as Assistant Coach at Manchester Thunder following the team’s Superleague title winning season. The Australian, who is Northern Ireland’s Head Coach for the Vitality Netball World Cup this summer, returned to Thunder for this season to work under Director of Netball Karen Greig and support her coaching team. Debbie Hallas, Thunder Managing Director, said: “Dan will always be part of the Thunder family from his time as Head Coach and the past season being part of the amazing team who became the Vitality Netball Superleague Champions. “We’d like to thank him for his hard work and input, wish him all the best with Northern Ireland in the World Cup and for his work in the future.”               More