Belfast Telegraph

Final showdown for O'Hanlon

 

Northern Ireland captain Caroline O'Hanlon can look forward to her first British SuperLeague final after helping Manchester Thunder edge an epic encounter with Team Bath.

Four goals down in the opening period, increasingly confident Thunder put their recent wobbles behind them to come through an absolute thriller with a 57-54 win.

Table-toppers in early April, Thunder had gone off the boil badly with three defeats in four fixtures before scraping an away win over Surrey Storm to secure runners up place.

They had a hesitant start to Saturday evening's home semi-final against a formidable Bath team which had won both league games between these sides.

But, backed by a vocal capacity crowd in the Thunderdome, the hosts secured a final showdown with champions Wasps, who beat Loughborough Lightning 74-54 in the other semi, in Saturday's showpiece at London's Copper Box.

O'Hanlon held her own in an absorbing battle throughout the hour with her England captaincy counterpart Serena Guthrie, regarded by some as the world's best centre.

The tireless Armagh gaelic ace also typically combined well with Kiwi wing attack, Liana Leota, who was named Player of the Match.

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