Anxious Moments as Jaguars Edge Stings before Crinums Beat Fireballs to Decide 2024 TNL Final Berths

Telkom Netball League giants Gauteng Jaguars and the Free State Crinums will contest the eagerly anticipated 2024 season final on Wednesday, after an incredibly intense round of Tuesday knockout matches kept spectators on the edge of their seats at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, on Monday, 17 June, 2024. All Photos: Netball South Africa

Telkom Netball League giants Gauteng Jaguars and the Free State Crinums will contest the eagerly anticipated 2024 season final on Wednesday, after an incredibly intense round of Tuesday knockout matches kept spectators on the edge of their seats at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, on Monday, 17 June, 2024.

In the day’s lead-in matches, the Diamonds truly deserve recognition for their exceptional growth throughout the tournament, and their richly-deserved victory over the Kingdom Queens displayed a remarkable level of maturity and skill that surpassed expectations. 

The Diamonds emerged triumphant with a final score of 53-46, leaving the Queens with valuable takeaways and numerous important lessons to learn from.

The first semi-final of the day raised the bar high, when the B Division match between the Eastern Cape Comets and the Sunbirds was fiercely competitive with relentless defence from the Comets, and the Sunbirds refusing to give up. 

This led the match to go into extra time where both teams fought hard until the bitter end, testing their character and patience until, eventually, the Comets emerged victorious.

The Kingdom Stars will face the Comets in the Division B final in the last match on Tuesday, June 18th, after a superb battle. Stars’ careful and calculated game against the Tornados proved to be a winner, albeit by one goal. Their victory secured them the last spot in the B-section final.

Whoever wins the Division final will then play the relegation/promotion game against the Baobabs who occupy the last spot in the A- section.

In the first A division semi-final, the defending champions, the Jaguars, played against the Western Cape Stings. The Stings came out blazing in the first half of the game, but the Jaguars proved to be the hungrier side, securing a spot in the final. 

Rozanne Matthyse made several changes, and it was Kamo Maseko who showcased her quality as a player and her ability to influence the game. As a result, the Jaguars will play in their 11th consecutive TNL final, while the Stings will battle for the bronze medal.

In the highly anticipated second Division A semi-final, the stage was set for a compelling clash between two former teammates turned rival coaches, Dr Elsje Jordaan and Martha Mosoahle-Samm. 

Earlier in the week, the Golden Fireballs earned an upset win against the Crinums, one of two losses in the Crinums’ previous three matches, and to add intensity of the encounter, the Fireballs bolstered their lineup with the experienced duo of Nomfundo Mngomezulu and Milla Coetzee for this crucial match.

The match started started at full intensity with both teams bringing their A-game to the table, and it was the unflustered Karla Pretorius who efficiently lead an unchanged Crinums squad as comfortable winners to book their 2024 finals berth, on the back of an exceptional Zandri Fourie performance who earned the title of the Player of the Match.

Tuesday’s action will be live from the Ellis Park Arena in Joburg, starting at 10 am.

Telkom Netball League Results on Day 21 at Ellis Park Arena in the City of Johannesburg on Monday, 17 June, 2024

Division 2 7th/8th Position Playoffs: Kingdom Queens 46 – 53 Diamonds
Division 2 Semi-Final 1: Eastern Cape Comets 50 – 48 Sunbirds (Extra time)
Division 2 Semi-Final 2: Kingdom Stars 38 – 37 Tornados
Division 1 Semi-Final 1: Gauteng Jaguars 48 – 46 Southern Stings
Division 1 Semi-Final 2: Golden Fireballs 39 – 43 Free State Crinums

Telkom Netball League Fixtures on Day 22 at Ellis Park Arena in the City of Johannesburg on Tuesday, 18 June, 2024

10:00 Division 2 5th/6th Position Playoffs: Free State Sonoblomo vs North West Tshukudu
12:00 Division 1 5th/6th Position Playoffs: Eastern Cape Aloes vs North West Flames
14:00 Division 2 3rd/4th Position Playoffs: Sunbirds vs Tornados
16:00 Division 1 3rd/4th Position Playoffs: Southern Stings vs Golden Fireballs
18:00 Division 2 FINAL – Eastern Cape Comets vs Kingdom Stars

Day 1 Results on Friday, 26 April, 2024 

Kingdom Stars 53 – 42 Tshukudu
Kingdom Queens 32 – 37 Sunbirds
Tornados 46 – 34 Lilies
Jaguars 53 – 40 Baobabs
Comets 43 – 35 Diamonds
Fireballs 42 – 39 Flames

Day 2 Results on Saturday, 27 April, 2024 

Sunbirds 14 – 7 Sonoblomo
Tshukudu 45 – 41Lillies
Flames 43 – 48 Stings
Jaguars 68 – 37 Aloes
Tornados 37 – 41 KD Stars
Crinums 64 – 35 Baobabs

Day 3 Results on Sunday, 28 April, 2024

KD Queens 39 – 48 EC Comets
Sunbirds 47 – 45 Diamonds
Stings 47 – 49 Fireballs
Baobabs 50 – 62 Aloes
Jaguars 48 – 48 Crinums

Day 4 Results on Monday, 29 April, 2024

KD Queens 40 – 32 Diamonds
EC Comets 41 – 47 KD Stars
Sonoblomo 48 – 44 Tshukudu
Lilies 21 – 49 Sunbirds
Fireballs 33 – 44 Crinums
Stings 48 – 53 Jaguars

Day 5 Results on Tuesday, 30 April, 2024

Tornadoes 40 – 42 EC Comets
Diamonds 47 – 38 Lilies
Sonoblomo 52 – 43 KD Queens
Baobabs 31 – 70 Fireballs
KD Stars 42 – 33 Sunbirds
Flames 33 – 48 Crinums

Day 6 Results on Wednesday, 1 May, 2024

Sonoblomo 42 – 60 KD Stars
Diamonds 42 – 51 Tornadoes
KD Queens 50 – 49 Tshukudu
Baobabs 36 – 44 Flames
Lilies 34 – 44 EC Comets
Aloes 35 – 61 Stings 

Day 7 Results on Thursday, 2 May, 2024

Lilies 42 – 59 Sonoblomo
Sunbirds 45 – 44 Tshukudu
Aloes 41 – 58 Fireballs
Tornados 60 – 45 KD Queens
Crinums 44 – 37 Stings
Flames 40 – 60 Jaguars

Day 8 Results on Friday, 3 May, 2024

EC Comets 53 – 40 Sunbirds
Sonoblomo 52 – 48 Tornados
KD Stars 52 – 26 Lilies
Stings 60 – 34 Baobabs
Aloes 46 – 51 Flames
Tshukudu 56 – 45 Diamonds

Day 9 Results on Saturday, 4 May 2024

Diamonds 47 – 57 Sonoblomo
Tshukudu 35 – 49 EC Comets
KD Stars 47 – 49 KD Queens
Crinums 57 – 39 Aloes
Sunbirds 41 – 52 Tornados
Fireballs 53 – 48 Jaguars

Day 10 Results on Sunday, 5 May 2024 (End of Power Week 1)

08:00 Lilies 44 – 49 KD Queens
10:00 EC Comets 51 – 43 Sonoblomo
12:00 Diamonds 36 – 55 KD Stars
14:00 Tshukudu 46 – 62 Tornados

Day 11 Results on Friday, 31 June, 2024 (Power Week 2 Begins)

EC Comets 48 – 44 KD Stars
Jaguars 78 – 44 Baobabs
Tornados 56 – 35 Lilies
Crinums 53 – 43 Aloes
Fireballs 58 – 43 Flames

Day 12 Results on Saturday, 1 June, 2024

Diamonds 47 – 51 Comets
Sonoblomo 41 – 42 Sunbirds
Flames 52 – 54 Aloes
KD Queens 39 – 45 Tshukudu
Fireballs 51 – 53 Jaguars
Crinums 51 – 43 Stings

Day 13 Results on Sunday, 2 June, 2024

Sonoblomo 40 – 38 Lilies
EC Comets 47 – 33 KD Queens
Tshukudu 49 – 50 KD Stars
Sunbirds 54 – 48 Diamonds
Stings 74 – 36 Baobabs
Aloes 41 – 59 Jaguars

Day 14 Results on Monday, 3 June, 2024

KD Queens 54 – 47 Diamonds
Sunbirds 46 – 51 Comets
Tshukudu 57 – 38 Sonoblomo
KD Stars 41 – 37 Tornados
Stings 46 – 38 Flames
Baobabs 25 – 65 Crinums

Day 15 Results on Tuesday, 4 June, 2024

Lilies 28 – 47 KD Stars
Tornados 50 – 41 Tshukudu
Sonoblomo 38 – 40 Comets
Jaguars 59 – 41 Flames
Aloes 41 – 65 Fireballs

Day 16 Results on Wednesday, 5 June, 2024 (End of Power Week 2)

Tornados 50 – 40 Diamonds
Tshukudu 49 – 43 Lilies
KD Stars 53 – 43 Sonoblomo
Aloes 49 – 60 Stings
KD Queens 43 – 58 Sunbirds
Baobabs 43 – 52 Flames

Day 17 Results on Thursday, 13 June, 2024 (Power Week 3 Begins)

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

Day 18 Results on Friday, 14 June, 2024

KD Queens 42-42 Lilies
Tshukudu 44-45 Comets
Diamonds 47-53 Sonoblomo
Sunbirds 40-62 Tornados
Crinums 54-33 Flames
Baobabs 31-72 Fireballs

Day 19 Results on Saturday, 15 June, 2024

Lilies 43 – 50 Sunbirds
Sonoblomo 49 – 52 Tornados
Diamonds 53 – 46 Tshukudu
KD Queens 38 – 40 KD Stars
Jaguars 39 – 37 Crinums
Stings 49 – 57 Fireballs

Day 20 Results on Sunday, 16 June, 2024 (End of Power Week 3)

Sunbirds 34-55 Tshukudu
Comets 41-37 Lillies
KD Stars 47-33 Diamonds
KD Queens 40-55 Tornados
Baobabs 53-62 Aloes

Telkom Netball League Semi-Final Results on Monday, 17 June, 2024

Division 2 7th/8th Position Playoffs: Kingdom Queens 46 – 53 Diamonds
Division 2 Semi-Final 1: Eastern Cape Comets 50 – 48 Sunbirds (Extra time)
Division 2 Semi-Final 2: Kingdom Stars 38 – 37 Tornados
Division 1 Semi-Final 1: Gauteng Jaguars 48 – 46 Southern Stings
Division 1 Semi-Final 2: Golden Fireballs 39 – 43 Free State Crinums


Original Copy: Netball SA, with editing by gsport

Photo Caption: Telkom Netball League giants Gauteng Jaguars and the Free State Crinums will contest the eagerly anticipated 2024 season final on Wednesday, after an incredibly intense round of Tuesday knockout matches kept spectators on the edge of their seats at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, on Monday, 17 June, 2024. All Photos: Netball South Africa

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