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Vitality Netball Superleague Grand Final: Manchester Thunder v Loughborough Lightning

High stakes netball at the Copper Box Arena sees Manchester Thunder and Loughborough Lightning go head-to-head in the 2022 Vitality Netball Superleague Grand Final.  See below for the latest ticket information.

After 20 rounds of Superleague matches (see below for an introduction to the Superleague) featuring eleven teams it all comes down to 60 minutes of netball to decide this year’s Vitality Netball Superleague Grand Final champions at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The Grand Final is part of a huge weekend of sport taking place on the four-day Jubilee weekend to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

11 sides started the season and only four remained ahead of the semi-finals on Friday 3 June.  And this afternoon it’s time to decide who will be the 2022 champions, with the Grand Final at 4.15pm, preceded by the third place play-off at 2pm.

Competing in the Grand Final it’s Manchester ThunderLoughborough Lightning who beat Team Bath (64-54) and London Pulse (56-44) respectively in the semi-finals.

Manchester Thunder finished top of the league while defending Superleague champions Loughborough Lightning finished in second place.  London Pulse (qualifying for the play-offs for the first time ) in third and Team Bath Netball (last year’s beaten finalists) in fourth place made up the remaining play-off places.

Team Bath Netball v London Pulse contest the third place play-off at 2pm.

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Last year saw Loughborough Lightning win the Vitality Netball Superleague title for the first time beating Team Bath 49-32 in the final.  Beaten finalists in 2008, 2017 and 2018 it was a sweet victory for Lightning led by an inspired performance by England international Beth Cobden.

Who will be crowned champions for 2022?  All roads lead to the Copper Box Arena this afternoon to find out!

🎟️ Tickets in advance for the Netball Superleague Grand Final are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.

🎟️ Tickets on the day are subject to availability.  Checking the England Netball Twitter feed before travelling is recommended.

⏱️ Centre pass for the third place play-off is at 2pm.

⏱️ Centre pass for the Grand Final is at 4.15pm.

🚊🚗 Travel tips: Public transport is recommended.  The nearest railway stations are Hackney Wick overground and Stratford International station (latter accessible from London St Pancras) both approximately a 10-minute walk.  Stratford (with links to the underground and DLR) station is about a 15-minute walk.  Plan your journey at the Transport for London website.  Limited parking is available at the Copper Box Arena, however parking is available at the nearby Westfield Shopping Centre.

🏐 About the Netball Superleague: The Vitality Netball Superleague (VNSL) is a club competition featuring 11 elite teams from across England, Scotland and Wales.  Taking place weekly from February the teams play each other twice in a home and away robin-format comprising Rounds 1-20.  The top four teams then progress to the play-offs with the Netball Superleague Grand Final taking place at the Copper Box Arena on Sunday 5 June.  The current league champions are Loughborough Lightning who wrested the title from Manchester Thunder who in 2019 ended a five-year wait to win the VNS.

The VNSL teams for season 2022 are Celtic Dragons, Leeds Rhinos, London Pulse, Loughborough Lightning, Manchester Thunder, Saracens Mavericks, Severn Stars, Strathclyde Sirens, Surrey Storm, Team Bath and Wasps.

The top eight teams at the end of the VNSL season also qualify to play in the British Fast5 All-Stars which usually takes place in October.  This is in an alternative format of 12 minute fast-paced games with a golden buzzer power play and the opportunity for the teams to add 2 international players.  Wasps are the current champions.

In and around the London area there are 3 teams to watch in the VNSL; London Pulse (2022 is their fourth season in the VNSL) playing out of the Copper Box Arena, Surrey Storm (2-time winners) based in Guildford and Saracens Mavericks (2 times winners, runners up 5 times) from Hertfordshire.

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