Gauteng Jaguars Upset TNL Form Team the Free State Crinums in Final Pool Stage Tie on Saturday

The group-stage action of the 2024 Telkom Netball League is all but complete in spectacular fashion with an upset win in the penultimate fixture between tournament giants the Free State Crinums and their hosts the Gauteng Jaguars, at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, on Saturday, 15 June, 2024. All Photos: Netball South Africa

The group-stage action of the 2024 Telkom Netball League is all but complete in spectacular fashion with an upset win in the penultimate fixture between tourmament giants the Free State Cricnums and their hosts the Gauteng Jaguars, at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, on Saturday, 15 June, 2024.

That electric result had spectators rivited to a display of top-notch netball as the group stage action concluded for five Division A teams, with just Sunday’s Baobabs vs Aloes scheduled among a four fixtures to conclude Division B’s ties before 2024 TNL’s knockout fixtures follow on Monday.

In the highly contested match between the Gauteng Jaguars and the Free State Crinums, both teams displayed exceptional defensive skills with standout performances from players like Jamie van Wyk, Zanele Vimbela, Karla Pretorius, and Ane Ratief. 

Errors in offensive play affected both teams in the high-pressue tie, and both teams struggled to find their rhythm and the flow of the ball. 

The Crinums had difficulties holding onto the ball, contributing to their loss, while the Jaguars faced pressure that led to uncertain passes into the circle in a close result that feature fewer goals than these attacking combinations are accustomed to.

The thrilling matchup between the Golden Fireballs and the Southern Stings kept fans on the edge of their seats. The Fireballs didn’t start well, while the Stings struggled to close out the game. 

The third quarter saw a dramatic turnaround as the Fireballs outscored the Stings 18-7, sparking a surge of momentum that forced the Stings to make adjustments. Despite their efforts, the Stings could not regain control, consequently, the Fireballs solidified their lead. 

Monique Meyer’s exceptional leadership and defensive prowess, including her ability to apply pressure on the feeders, played a crucial role in the Fireballs’ 49-57 victory.

The anticipation is building as we now have the top four finishers in the A Division. All eyes will be on Monday’s matches, where the Jaguars will go head-to-head with the Stings, and the Fireballs will battle it out with the Crinums.

Earlier in the day, there was a thrilling KZN derby match between the KD Queens and KD Stars. The Queens had won the previous encounter by a two-goal lead of 49-47. However, this time, coach Precious Mthembu ensured that the Stars clinched a win with a two-goal margin of 38-40. 

The Stars executed an excellent game plan, and Nozipho Ntshangase was outstanding throughout the match.

The crucial question is: Who will secure a spot in the Division B semis and who will compete in the promotion/relegation playoffs? Catch all the action live from The Ellis Park Arena starting at 10 am.

Day 19 Results at the Telkom Netball League at Ellis Park Arena in the City of Johannesburg 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 Fixtures of the Telkom Netball League at Ellis Park Arena in the City of Johannesburg on Sunday, 16 June, 2024

10:00 Sunbirds vs Tshukudu
12:00 EC Comets vs Lilies
14:00 KD Stars vs Diamonds
16:00 KD Queens vs Tornados
18:00 Baobabts vs Aloes

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


Original Copy: Netball SA, with editing by gsport

Photo Caption: The group-stage action of the 2024 Telkom Netball League is all but complete in spectacular fashion with an upset win in the penultimate fixture between tournament giants the Free State Crinums and their hosts the Gauteng Jaguars, at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, on Saturday, 15 June, 2024. All Photos: Netball South Africa

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