Thunder too much for Dragons 81 vs 36
Manchester Thunder were too strong for Celtic Dragons as the home side dominated from start to finish at the Thunderdome. Dragons, without a win so far this season, will have arrived in Manchester in the hope they could force an unlikely upset.
But Thunder didn't read that script as they ran out emphatic winners, 81-36. It was the first start of the season for Beth Cobden at wing attack and Eleanor Cardwell came in at goal attack.
Thunder coach Tracey Neville had been rotating her shooters all season and young Alice Travis was brought into the squad to offer up options on the bench. Thunder showed their intent from the outset, forcing a turnover from the first centre pass and Helen Housby slotted two straightforward attempts to set the tone for the remainder of the first quarter.
A week Thunder pass was intercepted by Dragons, giving them a sniff to score a turnover but Thunder keeper Kerry Almond won the ball back, and Housby made no mistake with another goal under the post. It finished 20-11 at quarter time. CLICK HERE for the Match Report
Coach's Comments - Welcome to the Thunderdome