Fireballs Deal Crinums a Huge Blow as TNL Power Week 3 Kicks Off

Third-placed Golden Fireballs delivered a huge blow to perennial Division A log leaders, the Free State Crinums, when they upset the form team in the final action on Day 1 of the 2024 Telkom Netball League’s concluding Power Week 3 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, on Thursday, 13 June, 2024. All Photos: Netball South Africa

Third-placed Golden Fireballs delivered a huge blow to perennial Division A log leaders, the Free State Crinums, when they upset the form team in the final action on Day 1 of the 2024 Telkom Netball League’s concluding Power Week 3 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, on Thursday, 13 June, 2024.

The 2024 edition of the Telkom Netball League 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, and the last group-stage matches will be played on Sunday, 16 June, as the competition reaches the end of the pool stages.

In a tantalising 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, but, despite the Lilies’ commendable efforts, the Diamonds clinched the victory by a margin of five goals.

In a tough coastal battle between Division B log leaders Eastern Cape Comets and third-placed Western Cape Tornados, the Comets resumed where they left off and secured another victory. Zandile Njeza’s team has played 14 matches, winning 13 and losing only one, cementing their place at the top of the Division B standings with a 13-goal gap.

In the thrilling second- and fourth-ranked Division B match that followed, KD Stars once again showed their dominance over the Mpumalanga Sunbirds, proving that their previous victory was no stroke of luck. 

Led by Precious Mthembu, the team displayed their exceptional skills and determination. 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, Mrs. Phindile Thusini, the chairperson of Zululand Netball District Association and KZN Netball Director of Events, who tragically lost her life in a car accident on Wednesday, June 12, 2024. Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family and the netball community.

Stings had a tough day in the office playing against the defending champs the Jaguars. The Jaguars appeared rattled in the first quarter, however, 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.

Day 17 Results of the Telkom Netball League at Ellis Park Arena in the City of Johannesburg on Thursday, 13 June, 2024

Sonoblomo 54 – 35 KD Queens
Lillies 53 – 58 Diamonds
Comets 52 – 39 Tornados
KD Stars 54 – 31 Sunbirds
Stings 46 – 66 Jaguars
Fireballs 49 – 47 Crinums

Day 18 Fixtures of the Telkom Netball League at Ellis Park Arena in the City of Johannesburg on Friday, 14 June, 2024

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

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

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


Original Copy: Netball SA, with editing by gsport

Photo Caption: Third-placed Golden Fireballs delivered a huge blow to perennial Division A log leaders, the Free State Crinums, when they upset the form team in the final action on Day 1 of the 2024 Telkom Netball League’s concluding Power Week 3 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, on Thursday, 13 June, 2024. All Photos: Netball South Africa

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