Manchester Thunder triumphed in the inaugural U15 Netball Performance Competition as they overcame Surrey Storm with a dynamic display in the final.
Thunder won all six of their matches at the University of Wolverhampton to secure the title.
Two days of intense competition began on Saturday morning for all ten sides, who were provided with educational programmes during the weekend.
The first day provided numerous engaging matches as teams attempted to finish inside the top two in their respective groups to qualify for the semi-finals.
In Pool A, Manchester Thunder topped the table with 12 points from a possible 12 with Leeds Rhinos finishing in second place with nine points.
Severn Stars ran Thunder close in the opening game as they came within five points of the eventual champions. Stars also narrowly overcame North East by two goals later in the day.
The final encounter of Pool A pipped the top two against one another to decide who would finish top of the table.Â...
Congratulations to the 17 Manchester Thunder players named in England Netball's U21 and Roses Academy squads which have been announced today.
Eight from Thunder are part of the U21 long squad chosen by England U21 Head Coach Karen Greig:
Meanwhile, nine from Thunder, are part of the Roses Academy programme for 2019/2020:
Our Performance Pathway coaching team have selected Thunder's U15 squad for the U15 Netball Performance Competition which takes place at Wolverhampton University between 30th August â€“ 1st September.
The squad is:
Congratulations to all those selected.
The competition will be streamed on the England Netball YouTube channel, which can be foundÂ here.
The competition schedule can be foundÂ here.
After an intense period of trials, we are delighted to announce our Performance Pathway squads for the 2018/2019 season.
You can see these here >>
Performance Pathway Head Coach Laura Malcolm said:
â€œWeâ€™ve finally finished our extremely competitive trials, whittling down 600 players to 150 and as you can imagine it hasnâ€™t been easy. This is my first time being involved in the process and Iâ€™m extremely impressed with the standard in the region. In addition, Iâ€™m delighted to see so many young players hungry to become a part Manchester Thunder.
"Selectors for all of our trials are made up of Thunder coaches, regional representatives and county representatives. Umpires included a mixture of volunteers, trainees and assessors. The trials were organised and run by the Thunder team managers, pathway coaches and volunteers. Although itâ€™s at the forefront, itâ€™s fair to say that our trials are bigger than just selecting players, they are an opportunity to support ...
After the recent appointment of new Pathway Head Coach Laura Malcolm, and in collaboration with Sheonah Forbes (who is on maternity leave), Thunder's Director of Netball Karen Greig is delighted to announce our Performance Pathway Support Team for the upcoming season.
At Thunder, we are continuing to grow and to always enhance our programme to ensure we have the best professionals working with us, helping our athletes thrive and be the best we - and they -can be.
Read all the appointments here >>
Manchester Thunder hosted their first ever Junior Tournament on one of the hottest days of the year on Saturday.
The event saw 49 teams from all over the north west descend upon Wright Robinson for a day of competition in the sunshine.
Youngsters aged between 10 and 13 competed in different age categories, with u10s and u11s taking part in round-robin games for the title of the Cup and Plate divisions.
Off court, there was plenty to do for the hundreds of spectators, with crazy catch competitions, name the bear, a raffle and a shooting contest.
Manchester Thunder Superleague squad players were on hand to meet young netballers, share tips, pose for photos and encourage teams.
Also attending the event was England Commonwealth Games champion Jodie Gibson, who brought her gold medal.
Atmosphere was electric with fantastic play from all teams
Sheonah Forbes, who heads up Thunder;s Pathway program and was the main organiser of the event, said: " â€˜The atmosphere ...
Following this month's trials, and a brilliant standard from all who took part, our Performance Pathway coaching team have now announced the squads for Thunder U17 & Thunder U19.
See the Thunder U17 squad here >>
See the Thunder U19 squad here >>
Congratulations to all those selected.