Manchester Thunder

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Manchester Thunder
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Nickname(s)Black and Yellows
Founded 2001
Based in Manchester
Regions North West England
Home venue National Basketball Performance Centre
Belle Vue Sports Village
Head coachKaren Greig
CaptainNat Metcalf
Vice-captainKerry Almond, Shadine Van Der Merwe
League Netball Superleague
Website www.manchesterthunder.co.uk
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Manchester Thunder are an English netball team based in Manchester. Their senior team plays in the Netball Superleague. In 2005–06, Thunder were founding members of the league. They were Superleague champions in 2012, 2014, 2019 and 2022. Between 2001 and 2012 they played as Northern Thunder and were originally based in Bury, Greater Manchester.

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History

Northern Thunder

Between 2001 and 2005 Northern Thunder, together with five other franchises – Northern Flames, London Tornadoes, London Hurricanes, University of Birmingham Blaze and Team Bath Force – competed in the Super Cup. Northern Thunder won the 2002 Super Cup. Northern Thunder players from the Super Cup era included Amanda Newton, Tracey Neville, Jade Clarke and Sara Bayman [1] [2] [3] [4]

In 2005 Northern Thunder were named as the North West England franchise in the new Netball Superleague. Together with Brunel Hurricanes, Celtic Dragons, Leeds Carnegie, Galleria Mavericks, Team Bath, Loughborough Lightning and Team Northumbria, Northern Thunder were founding members of the league. [5] In 2012, Thunder won their first Superleague title. Janelle Lawson scored 33 goals as they defeated Surrey Storm 57–55 in the grand final. [6]

Manchester Thunder

In 2012 Thunder relocated from Bury, Greater Manchester to Gorton. [7] [8] [9] They subsequently changed their name from Northern Thunder to Manchester Thunder ahead of the 2013 season. [10] In 2014 Thunder won their second Superleague title after defeating Surrey Storm 49–48 in the grand final. [11] In 2019 Thunder won their third Superleague title. [12] [13]

In the 2022 season Manchester Thunder finished the regular season undefeated, becoming the first team to do so over 20 games. They defeated Team Bath in the semi-finals and then beat Loughborough Lightning in the final to claim their 4th Superleague title.

Senior finals

Super Cup

SeasonWinnersScoreRunners UpVenue
2002 [3] [14] Northern Thunder University of Birmingham Blaze
2004 [15] Team Bath Force 49–43Northern Thunder Blackpool

Netball Superleague Grand Finals

SeasonWinnersScoreRunners UpVenue
2012 [6] [16] Northern Thunder57–55 Surrey Storm SportHouse
2014 [11] Manchester Thunder49–48 Surrey Storm Worcester Arena
2016 [17] [18] Surrey Storm 55–53Manchester Thunder Copper Box Arena
2019 [12] [13] Manchester Thunder57–52 Wasps Copper Box Arena
2022 [19] Manchester Thunder60–53 Loughborough Lightning Copper Box Arena

Mike Greenwood Trophy

Since 2012 Manchester Thunder have hosted the Manchester Invitational Tournament. The winners are awarded the Mike Greenwood Trophy, named in honour of the former Northern Thunder head coach who died in 2011. It is usually played during pre-season. [20] [21] [22]

SeasonWinnersScoreRunners UpVenue
2012Manchester Thunder
2013Manchester Thunder
2014 [20] Manchester Thunder13–12 Loughborough Lightning Thunderdome
2015 [21] [23] Team Bath 19–14Manchester Thunder
2016 [24] [25] Wasps 22–15 Team Bath Belle Vue Sports Village
2018 [26] Manchester Thunder31–29 benecosMavericks Oldham Leisure Centre [27]
2019 [22] [28] Manchester Thunder49–42 Saracens Mavericks Platt Lane Sports Complex

Home venues

Thunder train and play their home games at several venues and locations throughout Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire. [29] Between 2008–09 and 2011, Northern Thunder played their home Superleague games at Castle Leisure Centre in Bury, Greater Manchester. In 2012 Manchester Thunder began playing their home Superleague games at Wright Robinson College in Gorton. When Manchester Thunder played home games there, the arena was referred to as the Manchester Thunderdome. [7] [8] [9] [30] They have also played home Netball Superleague matches at Manchester Arena. [31] [32] In 2020 Manchester Thunder will play their home Superleague games at the National Basketball Performance Centre in the Belle Vue Sports Village. [33]

Notable players

2023 squad

2023 Manchester Thunder roster
PlayersCoaching staff
Nat.NamePosition(s)DoBHeight
Flag of England.svg Natalie Metcalf  (c)WA, GA9 December 19921.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Flag of England.svg Amy ClintonGS25 September 19971.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Flag of England.svg Kerry Almond (vc)GK22 February 19861.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Flag of England.svg Elia McCormick GD, GK25 November 19991.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Flag of England.svg Amy CarterC, WD28 October 19981.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Flag of England.svg Lois Pearson GA, WA20 September 19991.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Flag of South Africa.svg Shadine van der Merwe  (vc)GD, WD, GK25 November 19921.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Flag of South Africa.svg Lenize Potgieter GS2 May 19941.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Flag of England.svg Taylor McKevittWD, C16 December 19971.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Flag of England.svg Josie HuckleGK, GD24 September 19911.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Flag of Scotland.svg Iona ChristianWA, C23 December 19971.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Flag of England.svg Ella BowenGD, GK, WD1 January 20021.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Flag of England.svg Ruby ParkerGS, GA
Flag of England.svg Harriet JonesGA, GS
Flag of England.svg Yomi Eza-WilsonGD, GK
Head coach
  • Karen Greig
Assistant coach
  • Gabrielle Towell



Notes
  • (c) Captain
  • (cc) Co-captain
  • (vc) Vice-captain
  • Star of life gold.svg Injury / maternity leave
  • (TRP) Temporary Replacement Player
Player profiles: Team website Last updated: 27 anuary 2023

Internationals

Flag of England.svg  England
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Flag of Malawi.svg  Malawi
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa

Sources: [36]

Head coaches

CoachYears
Flag of England.svg Mike Greenwood [9] [37] 2008–2011
Flag of England.svg Tracey Neville [9] [38] [39] 2011–2015
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Dan Ryan [40] [41] 2015–2016
Flag of England.svg Karen Greig [42] 2016–

Honours

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