Manchester City Council

Northern Thunder storm to victory

Northern Thunder were crowned champions at the nail biting final of the Fiat Netball Super League, their first ever Superleague victory.

Northern Thunder faced stiff opposition from Surrey Storm at the Grand Final Showdown which took place on Saturday 20 May at The Sport House, Dagenham.

Spectators were treated to an incredibly tense game with the score remaining incredibly close right up until the final whistle.

The victory marks the end of a momentous season for Northern Thunder after beginning the season at their brand new home court - The Thunderdome, Wright Robinson College Sports Hall, Gorton.

Manchester City Council celebrated Northern Thunder’s spectacular win at a reception held at Manchester Town Hall on Friday 1 June.

Councillor Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, said "This is an extraordinary achievement for Northern Thunder. What a year they’ve had, beginning the season at a new home and then winning the Super League for the very first time.

"Manchester is a city with sport in its soul and I’m sure Northern Thunder will inspire even more people to take advantage of the world class facilities on their door steps."

Debbie Hallas, Managing Director at Netball UK and Director at Northern Thunder Netball, said "All of the hard work that has gone in over the last four years by everyone associated with the team has finally paid off.

"It has always been our ambition to be crowned champions, we put together a great team of coaches, players and volunteers and we had the final piece of the jigsaw completed with the move to a first class home at Wright Robinson Sports College. Netball and women’s sport in general does not get the level of support it deserves and I am pleased that Northern Thunder is helping to put women’s sports on Manchester’s list of sporting achievements."