Jaguars Reclaim TNL Division A Leaderboard Top Spot after Big Win over the Flames

A tenacious campaign sees the Gauteng Jaguars regain their lead at the top of the Division A leaderboard on Day 7’s return to action at the 2024 Telkom Netball League at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg on Thursday, 3 May, 2024. Photo: Netball South Africa

A tenacious campaign sees the Gauteng Jaguars regain their lead at the top of the Division A leaderboard on Day 7’s return to action at the 2024 Telkom Netball League, at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, Gauteng, on Thursday, May 2, 2024.

Despite a tight race, their narrow 7-goal difference advantage over the Free State Crinums comes after their 60-40 Thursday win over the Flames, while tied on points with just the goal difference separating them, the Free State Crinums battled for their 44-37 win over the Stings.

Both teams boast eight points each, having secured four wins apiece and the one draw, against each other. 

Just one point behind them, the Golden Fireballs have made third spot their own after four wins and a solitary loss, to the Crinums on Day 4, in their five matches, to maintain a comfortable distance from the leading contenders.

The Kingdom Stars maintain their unbeaten streak to maintain their Division B lead with five wins and 10 points, holding a game in hand over the Sunbirds. The Eastern Cape Comets lead the battle for third place over the Western Cape Tornados.

In the Division B showdown, the Mpumalanga Sunbirds clashed with Tshukudu in a tightly contested match that went down to the wire, with just one goal separating them, the Tornadoes emerged victorious, showcasing a well-rounded performance. 

However, it was their proficiency in the shooting circle that ultimately made the difference, with Entle Futshane earning the player of the match title for her instrumental role in guiding her team to a 60-45 triumph.

The North West Tshukudu started strongly in the first quarter, having lost to one goal against the Mpumalanga Sunbirds. Despite Coach Kealeboga Mabeko making changes in the game attacking position, the Sunbirds couldn’t cause an upset. 

In the clash between the Lillies and the Sonoblomo, the Limpopo Lilies continued their streak of upsets, winning none of their six games under the guidance of coach Nthabiseng Mothusi. Despite a slow start, the Kingdom Queens made a comeback but couldn’t maintain the intensity, falling short against the Tornados.

The day concluded with a battle between the Flames and the Jaguars. While the Flames started strong, they faltered in the later stages of the game, succumbing to the dominance of the Jaguars, despite Elsunet du Plessis coach of the Flames making changes to the game plan.

Day 8 Fixtures of the Telkom Netball League at Ellis Park Arena in the City of Johannesburg on Friday, 3 May, 2024

08:00 EC Comets v Sunbirds
10:00 Sonoblomo v Tornados
12:00 KD Stars v Lilies
14:00 Stings v Baobabs
16:00 Aloes v Flames
18:00 Tshukudu v Diamonds

Day 1 Results on Friday, 26 April, 2024 

Kingdom Stars 53 – 42 Tshukudu
Kingdom Queens 32 – 37 Sunbirds
Tornados 46 – 34 Lillies
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


Original Copy: Netball SA, with editing by gsport

Photo Caption: A tenacious campaign sees the Gauteng Jaguars regain their lead at the top of the Division A leaderboard on Day 7’s return to action at the 2024 Telkom Netball League at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg on Thursday, 3 May, 2024. Photo: Netball South Africa

Photo 2 Caption: The Free State Crinums battled hard for their 44-37 win over the Stings Photo: Netball South Africa

Photo 3 Caption: Division B’s Tornados recorded a hard-won victory over the Kingdom Queens. Photo: Netball South Africa

Photo 4 Caption: With four wins in five matches and a sole loss to the Crinums, Gauteng Fireballs lie just behind Division A leaders Crinums and Jaguars. Photo: Netball South Africa

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