Teams set sights on top spots as TNL Power Week three kicks off

The 2024 edition of the Telkom Netball League (TNL) is in its final Power Week, and it promises to be an exciting week of matches as teams are vying for the top four spots in their respective divisions.

The last group stage matches will be played until Sunday, as the competition reaches the end of the pool stages.

In a tantalisingly close encounter, the Lilies pushed to secure their first win of the tournament.

However, in what was a thrilling third quarter, they only managed to level the score at 41-41, showcasing their determination and grit.

The Limpopo side meticulously analysed their errors, and this was apparent in their improved performance on the court.

However, despite their commendable efforts, the Diamonds clinched the victory by a margin of five goals.

In a tough coastal battle between the Eastern Cape Comets and Western Cape Tornados, the Comets resumed where they left off and secured another victory.

Coach Zandile Njeza’s team has played 14 matches, winning 13 and losing only one, to cement their place at the top of the Division B standings with a 13-goal gap.

In a thrilling match, the KD Stars once again showed their dominance over the Mpumalanga Sunbirds, proving that their previous victory was no stroke of luck.

The team displayed exceptional abilities and tenacity under Precious Mthembu’s leadership.

Phindile Sithole’s outstanding performance earned her the Player of the Match title for the second time this season.

KD Stars wore black armbands to honour a fallen netball hero, Phindile Thusini, the chairperson of the Zululand Netball District Association and KZN Netball director of events.

Thusini lost her life in a car accident on Wednesday.

Stings had a tough day in the office playing against the defending champions, the Jaguars.

The Jaguars appeared rattled in the first quarter; however, they came back to suffocate the Stings with a 20-goal lead at the end of the match.

The Jags will now prepare for their final round-robin match, which will be against a tough Crinums side.

The thrilling final match of the day pitted the Fireballs against the Crinums.

The Golden Fireballs achieved a major upset against the Crinums in an intense battle, delivering a stunning performance.

Despite losing the first quarter, the Fireballs dominated the second, third, and fourth quarters with a formidable display of defensive capabilities and a clinical offensive strategy.

The Gauteng side maintained possession, precision, and accuracy, ultimately securing a well-deserved 49-47 victory.

Full final results:

Sonoblomo 54-35 KD Queens

Lilies: 53-58 Diamonds

Comets 52-39 Tornados

KD Stars 54-31 Sunbirds

Stings 46-66 Jaguars

Fireballs 49-47 Crinums

(14 June 2024) Fixtures

08:00 KD Queens vs Lillies

10:00: Tshukudu vs Comets

12:00 Diamonds vs Sonoblomo

14:00 Sunbirds vs Tornados

16:00 Crinums vs Flames

18:00: Baobabs vs Fireballs

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