Netball Superleague 2016: Manchester Thunder face Surrey Storm in final

Manchester Thunder
Manchester Thunder won the Superleague title in 2012 and 2014

Manchester Thunder and Surrey Storm will meet to decide who is the best netball team in the country when they face each other on Saturday in the Superleague final.

Thunder, who topped the table after 14 rounds, beat Team Bath 53-46 in their semi-final while Storm overcame Hertfordshire Mavericks 53-51.

The teams have played each other twice this season when Thunder won at Storm in April, with Surrey securing a win in Manchester back in February.

So, who will win when the two sides clash at the Copper Box Arena in London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park?

The Ryan effect

Dan Ryan
Dan Ryan was assistant at Adelaide Thunderbirds before joining Manchester Thunder

Australian Dan Ryan took charge of Thunder in June 2015 after Tracey Neville's departure to take on the England head coach role.

It's been an impressive first campaign where Thunder lost just once during the regular season and sat six points clear going into the play-offs.

"Coming here to Manchester and coaching Thunder has been one of the best experiences of my life," Ryan told BBC Sport.

"The six months I've been here have flown by. I've thoroughly enjoyed the city life of Manchester and working with the great athletes at Thunder.

"The only thing we want to do at the weekend is win the title and share the experience together."

A storm brewing?

The Storm are competing in their third consecutive Grand Final, having lost to Thunder in 2014 and then beat Mavericks to clinch the title last year.

Having finished second in the regular season, England international Pamela Cookey says reaching another final is an "amazing" achievement for the club,

"I know it's going to be an exciting game, and I'm really excited to be playing in it," the 31-year-old told BBC Sport.

"Thunder have been really consistent this year and have only lost one game, but anything can happen in a final.

"I think it'll be a very good game. We've had good games over the season and I think it'll be a good one to end the season."

Superleague champions
2015 - Surrey Storm2014 - Manchester Thunder
2013 - Team Bath2012 - Northern Thunder (now Manchester Thunder)
2011 - Hertfordshire Mavericks2010 - Team Bath
2009 - Team Bath2008 - Hertfordshire Mavericks
2007 - Team Bath2006 - Team Bath

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