Karen Greig hails Manchester Thunder’s fast start but demands more from reigning champions
The quick start of Manchester Thunder was hailed by karen Greig but still wishes to see more as they look to retain their Vitality Netball Superleague title in 2020.
The head trainer’s assessment arrived after their 62-55 victory over Wasps Netball facing 8,374 lovers in a sold-out Arena Birmingham to the Season Opener.
Thunder, triumphing over all before thempointed towards a start and Greig was thrilled to watch it come to fruition on the main stage.
“I’m really, really pleased,” the head coach said to Sky Sports post-match.
“Finally we came from the cubes pretty strongly which was something that eluded us sometimes last year.
“So, to come out and possess the scoreline that we did at the conclusion of the quarter and people being in a position to maintain that throughout the match and push on [was great].
“There were times when we might have set our foot to the gas a little more and we only got a tiny bit sloppy. It is about knowing what everyone’s roles are in those vital moments.”
Greig managed to retain the majority of her team, May after procuring the 2019 name. The only departures were Kerry Almond to retirement and Liana Leota changing to Severn Stars.
The total makeup of Thunder’s device is some thing that England Netball head coach Jess Thirlby highlighted pre-match in Birmingham.
“Given that Karen Greig has dropped Liana Letoa, I really feel that she’s got the most powerful 10 that she’s had for the last couple of decades because of the flexibility and the coming of age of the likes of Amy Carter,” Thirlby explained.
“it is a really wonderful place to be in, it’s a luxury as a mentor to have these versatility and particularly across the mid-court and in the shooting circle. She’ll have the ability to change things up quite neatly off the bench.”
Thirlby’s pre-match evaluation proved to be 100 per cent accurate as Greig unleashed the likes of Joyce Mvula and Caroline O’Hanlon and highlighted the versatility of Laura Malcolm and Amy Carter.
The simple fact that Thunder were able to keep their degree throughout sends an ominous message to the rest of the league, also further enriches their belief.
“It is nice to learn that whatever group we come up against, we’ve got something which we can throw them,” Greig additional.
“It’s a bit of a hassle at times, but a pleasant [choice ] headache to get .”
Greig and Thunder will prepare to go to Severn Stars for Round 2 and a disappointed Stars outfit will greets them.
Before the match spun on its head, after the first quarter against Saracens Mavericks, the team of Melissa Bessell had led 17-11.
There switched in Mavs’ favour, A quarter into their shortage to a direct at half-time. Stars fell to a 70-49 reduction and felt the rest 30 minutes in the warmth.
Thunder will not take their opponents lightly, though with the presence of Letoa there. However, the defending champions look well-placed to tackle anything which Stars or some other team, are going to throw their own approach.
Coverage of the Vitality Superleague season proceeds on Monday March two when YouTube, Mix and Arena entertain London Pulse, join us on Sky Sports from 7pm.