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Loughborough Lightning Strikes Twice: Reflecting on Back-to-Back Netball Super League Glory

United Kingdom

The roar of the crowd at Resorts World Arena in Birmingham has faded, but the memory of Lightning’s dominant victory still resonates deeply.

In their fourth straight Grand Final, Lightning defeated four-time champions Manchester Thunder with a dominant 70-54 win to make club history and be crowned Netball Super League champions for the second consecutive season.

Their exceptional teamwork, quality, and the support of Kukri Sports’ cutting-edge netball dresses played a crucial role in a remarkable season, marking the first time a team has won consecutive titles since Surrey Storm in 2015 and 2016.

The partnership with Kukri Sports provides all players with custom-designed Netball dresses that aim to provide optimum performance and comfort during intense matches.

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The advanced fabric technology and ergonomic design allows players to move with agility and confidence, empowering players to reach their full potential on and off the court.

Bella Bayliss, centre and wing attack for Loughborough Lightning said, “Going back-to-back is a testament to the incredible staff and team that have created such a formidable culture and environment where everybody can thrive.

“This team is full of world class players, so there was never any doubt from us that we were capable of going back-to-back.”

Bayliss, who signed for Loughborough Lightning ahead of the 2023 NSL season, added “The support we receive here is greater than anything I’ve ever been a part of. We have incredible access to the best facilities and practitioners who enable us to perform at our best.

“Our dresses from Kukri also help all the players. Comfort is a massive factor in our performances, and the dresses are breathable which allows lots of movement and allows us to be agile in key moments.

“I have never felt uncomfortable when wearing the dress which is very important to me.”

Loughborough Lightning’s journey is a shining example of what can be achieved with dedication, innovation, and the right support. As they celebrate their consecutive titles, Kukri looks forward to continuing to provide them with high-quality netball dresses and training wear ahead of the relaunched 2024/25 Netball Super League season.

Kukri would also like to congratulate its other Netball partner, Severn Stars on finishing fourth in this season’s competition. Despite narrowly missing out on Bronze to London Pulse, the Finals Day debutants played with quality, fight and courage to cap off an incredible season both on and off the court.

About Loughborough Lightning

Loughborough Lightning is the number one Netball Super League side in the East Midlands and has been competing in the Netball Super League since its inception eighteen years ago.

Lightning have made it to the final in five of the last six seasons, and were crowned Netball Super League champions in 2021, 2023 and 2024.

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