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Netball Super League Grand Final: Loughborough Lightning come from behind against London Pulse to take crown

Loughborough Lightning beat London Pulse 58-47 to win Netball Super League Grand Final; Lightning go one better than 2022, when they were beaten in the final by Manchester Thunder

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Highlights from the Netball Super League Grand Final match between Loughborough Lightning and London Pulse

Loughborough Lightning came from behind to beat London Pulse 58-47 and win the Netball Super League Grand Final after a thrilling encounter in the capital.

Pulse booked a maiden trip to the Grand Final with an impressive 55-42 victory over Surrey Storm on Friday, having finished the season top of the table, and raced into a 6-1 lead in no time at all in the Copper Box Arena.

A stellar defensive display to limit the league's top goalscorer Mary Cholhok's chances ensured Pulse emerged with a four-goal lead at the end of the first quarter.

Cholhok found her feet in the second quarter in what was becoming a bruising encounter, as Lightning closed to within two goals of Pulse by half-time.

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The grand final between London Pulse and Loughborough Lightning got heated with this matchup in the second quarter!

Cholhok then levelled things up at 35-35 early in the third quarter before edging Loughborough in front, as her side looked to go one better than defeat to Manchester Thunder in the 2022 final.

Vic Burgess' side used all their experience to extend their lead and close out the final 15 minutes to secure a famous victory. Cholhok finished with 41 goals to her name as she made all the difference on the big stage.

Pulse made their first change of the Grand Final at the start of the last quarter as Alicia Scholes replaced Chelsea Pitman, and she faced the unenviable task of battling Beth Cobden, who continued her fine return from long-term injury.

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Loughborough Lightning lift the 2023 Netball Super League trophy after victory against the London Pulse

There was little Scholes and her team-mates could do as Lightning ramped up the pressure with the finish line and the trophy in their sights.

One final Fran Williams turnover saw Loughborough Lightning crowned two-time champions to cap off a remarkable season.

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Player of the match Fran Williams and Loughborough Lightning team captain Nat Panagarry reflect on a successful game against London Pulse

"It is an amazing feeling, I think we were still in Loughborough for the first quarter!" Loughborough captain Nat Panagarry told Sky Sports.

"I am so proud of some of the journeys some of this lot have been on. I am so happy right now."

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