Jenny van Dyk, coach of the defending Telkom Netball League (TNL) champions, is aiming to lead her team to a fourth title in a row.
For the past three seasons, van Dyk and her side have dominated affairs and are expected to be in the mix again this year as the TNL competition takes place from 14-27 October in Bloemfontein.
“As the defending champions, it has been such an honour and a lot of hard work has gone in to winning this league for the past three years,” van Dyk revealed.
“Obviously the goal would be to win again this year and that will always be our goal.
“We are looking forward to it and the approach will be that match for match we put in the work to secure a position in the semi-finals and then the magic should start in the finals.” – Gauteng Jaguars head coach, Jenny van Dyk.
“We are looking forward to it and the approach will be that match for match we put in the work to secure a position in the semi-finals and then the magic should start in the finals.”
Van Dyk is excited at the fact that netball gets to take place this year and reveals that preparations during Covid-19 times has been a challenge.
“The preparations for the team before we came into bubble has been quite challenging but also very exciting, the mere fact that we get to play netball this year in itself is very exciting.
“Also, playing netball in this format is going to be very challenging.”
“It is exciting in the bubble. You need total team focus and you now have this final opportunity to get all your game plans settle in.” – van Dyk on all teams being placed in a Biologically Safe Environment to ensure the safety of all teams.
All teams are currently based in a Biologically Safe Environment for the duration of the two-week tournament which will be a test for all players and coaches.
“It is exciting in the bubble. You need total team focus and you now have this final opportunity to get all your game plans settle in.
“You can’t really push too hard because you are going to play 12 matches, a double round against the best teams in South Africa, you need to be well rested and be prepared.
“At this stage it is more of a strategic and analytical approach that we are following,” she concluded.
You can view the TNL list of fixtures here.
Photo 1 Caption: Gauteng Jaguars head coach, Jenny van Dyk, previously pictured on court. Photo: NSA/Reg Caldecott