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Manchester Thunder haven’t misplaced a match in the course of the common season however now face exams in opposition to London Pulse and Loughborough Lightning earlier than the league’s semi-finals; watch Thunder versus Pulse dwell on Sky Sports activities Combine on Monday at 5pm

Final Up to date: 21/05/22 7:04am

Manchester Thunder remain unbeaten after 18 rounds of the regular season (Image credit: Ben Lumley)

Manchester Thunder stay unbeaten after 18 rounds of the common season (Picture credit score: Ben Lumley)

Manchester Thunder are centered on taking as a lot as they will from their difficult run into this season’s Vitality Netball Superleague semi-finals.

The outfit, led by Karen Greig, Tracey Neville and Gabrielle Towell, have fixtures in opposition to London Pulse and Loughborough Lightning in Rounds 19 and 20 of the competitors earlier than the play-offs start.

Thunder have been the primary crew to safe their place within the semi-finals they usually head into their Spherical 19 encounter, having not misplaced a match to this point this season.

“We have certified for the semi-finals however that is not in our minds going into coaching periods,” Neville, Thunder’s efficiency operations director, stated on Sky Sports activities.

“There are nonetheless plenty of issues we wish to work on and plenty of tick bins that we’re not truly actioning on courtroom.

“There are about six coaching periods and three very important matches in that, to get us to the stage the place we wish to be – taking part in knockout netball.

“There’s plenty of learnings to take,” she continued. “In assault, we weren’t on type in opposition to Mavericks so it is about us righting the wrongs and dealing on a few of the issues we have been formulating.”

Vitality Netball Superleague – Spherical 19 fixtures and outcomes

Friday at 7.30pm Crew Bathtub Netball 43-41 Wasps Streamed on Sky Sports activities YouTube
Saturday at 3pm Leeds Rhinos Netball vs Saracens Mavericks Streamed on Sky Sports activities YouTube
Saturday at 4pm Celtic Dragons vs Strathclyde Sirens
Saturday at 6pm Loughborough Lightning vs Severn Stars
Saturday at 6pm Surrey Storm vs London Pulse
Monday at 5.30pm London Pulse vs Manchester Thunder Reside on Sky Sports activities

London Pulse are growing in confidence as the rounds continue (Image credit: Ben Lumley)

London Pulse are rising in confidence because the rounds proceed (Picture credit score: Ben Lumley)

Pulse, Thunder’s opponents on Monday evening dwell on Sky Sports activities, have misplaced simply 5 matches this season. A 57-41 victory over Strathclyde Sirens in Spherical 18 booked their place on the ultimate weekend for the primary time.

Chook’s crew tackle Surrey Storm the day earlier than their encounter with Thunder and they’ll then face Leeds Rhinos Netball in Spherical 20.

“We solely misplaced to Thunder by three in Manchester, earlier within the season” London Pulse’s CEO and head coach stated, on the Vitality Netball Superleague’s present ‘Off The Courtroom’.

“We truly suppose we match-up fairly properly to them; they have the perfect assault, we have the perfect defence.

“We problem and we really feel that our crew is within the ascendancy. We are able to solely get higher with each match and each season that comes. We’re there to attempt to win and at all times give our greatest.”

Vitality Netball Superleague fixtures

Spherical 19 Spherical 20
Crew Bathtub Netball 43-41 Wasps Strathclyde Sirens vs Wasps
Leeds Rhinos Netball vs Saracens Mavericks London Pulse vs Leeds Rhinos Netball
Celtic Dragons vs Strathclyde Sirens Saracens Mavericks vs Crew Bathtub Netball
Loughborough Lightning vs Severn Stars Surrey Storm vs Celtic Dragons
Surrey Storm vs London Pulse Severn Stars vs Strathclyde Sirens
London Pulse vs Manchester Thunder Manchester Thunder vs Loughborough Lightning

With play-off netball already secured, Chook recognised that she’s transferring into the ultimate weeks of the season in a privileged place.

“We wish to respect the opposition we nonetheless should play,” she made clear. “We’ve three robust video games and clearly, we wish some momentum going into these play-offs.

“However, it’s a actually good luxurious to have the ability to begin experimenting slightly bit and see who would possibly carry one thing completely different in that play-off.

“We wish to see who would possibly put Loughborough, our seemingly opponent, off their stride. We wish to see who may be a recreation changer for us. Actually, in coaching, there are a few gamers placing their palms up to try this function.

“It is an awesome alternative for us to begin to do some various things as effectively.”

Like Chook, Thunder’s Neville is wanting ahead to the matches remaining within the common season earlier than the league leaders hit the ultimate weekend.

“These subsequent two groups [Lightning and Pulse] are two and three within the league desk, which implies we will be pushing one another to the wire, exposing weaknesses and constructing. That, for me, is at all times thrilling.

“You do not wish to be a coach in the event you’re not taking part in in opposition to the perfect groups the entire time and that is what we have main into the semi-finals.”

Watch Manchester Thunder in opposition to London Pulse dwell on Sky Sports activities Combine on Monday evening. Protection begins at 5pm with the primary centre move happening at 5.30pm.

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