Match Preview: The Grand Final

So, here we are.  The Grand Final.  It's been a tough old journey for Manchester Thunder to get here, but they've done it.  Through hard work, grit and determination, they've done it, and will face Wasps at the Copperbox on Saturday 18th May. Thunder started the season brightly, winning four games on the bounce.  But, there have been a couple of nerve-racking moments, where Thunder just made it that bit more difficult for themselves.  A shock loss against Severn Stars and both Team Bath and Loughborough Lightning getting the better of Thunder each time they met across the season.  The Black and Yellows cut it down to the wire to qualify for the semi-finals and secure a home semi-final. But, the moments of tension have been far out-weighed by the moments of brilliance.  Doing the double over reigning champions Wasps, once at the Ricoh Arena and the other on an electric night at the Thunderdome.  And, of course, securing their spot in the Grand Final with an emphatic ... More

Mid-season review of Thunder’s Superleague 2018 campaign

As the Superleague takes a break for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Denise Evans has taken a look at the season so far, reflecting on Thunder's performances after six games. Best starting seven GK Almond, GD Dovey,  WD Carter, C O'Hanlon, WA Leota, GA Turner, GS Joyce Mvula Coach Karen Greig has experimented with her combinations, most notably in the shooting circle and centre court. Her defence pretty much picks itself, with Kerry Almond and Emma Dovey two of the most experienced defenders in the league. She's started with either Amy Clinton or Joyce Mvula at shooter, with the Malawian edging out the young England shooter in terms of court time. Mvula struggled against Team Bath's physicality in the corresponding away fixture last season, but she was far more assertive and in control this time, and in turn was instrumental in her side's attacking confidence and ability to secure the win. Kathryn Turner has carried the form which lead to her being named ... More

2018 Superleague – Coaching team announced

Gabrielle Towell will join Karen Greig as assistant and defensive coach for the 2018 Superleague season. Towell steps in as Sara Hale is unable to fully commit to coaching due to personal circumstances. However, Hale, who has completed three seasons as assistant coach and one as a player at Thunder, will work as a consultant coach in 2018, before rejoining the coaching team later in the season. Liana Leota will also offer additional consultancy support in the attacking areas of the team. Blackpool Senior Head Coach Towell is a former Thunder NPL coach and specialises in defence. She has also worked with Greig in the England Netball regional programme as her assistant. Greig said: "Gabby is a defensive specialist who is thorough in her approach and has great knowledge and understanding of the game. I like to work with coaches who challenge me and I can bounce ideas off and I trust that Gabby is the coach to do this with this season. Gabby knows what being a part of ... More

Superleague 2018 – Fixtures Announced

See the full fixture list >> Manchester Thunder have confirmed Netball Manchester Live will return to Manchester Arena next season, as the 2018 Superleague fixtures are revealed. Thunder face defending champions Wasps at the arena on Saturday, June 2, as netball makes a comeback to the venue for the first time since 2016. The Black and Yellows open their 2018 campaign away to Severn Stars on Saturday, February 1 They will then host Sirens for their first home game on Monday, February 19, which is also scheduled to be broadcast live on Sky Sports. This match is due to take place at Belle Vue Sports Village, Thunder’s new home venue for selected games in 2018, with the rest remaining at Wright Robinson Sports College. For the first time, the season will be split into two halves, with a five-week break for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Players will break off after the seventh-round fixture against benecoMavericks on Friday, March 16 and will not return ... More

Superleague Trials

If you think you have what it takes to be part of Thunder's 2018 Superleague squad, we're holding trials on Tuesday 17th October at 8pm. Register now >> More