After a thrilling opening to South Africa’s premier netball tournament in Durban, the 13 Telkom Netball League (TNL) teams will now move on to the second leg in Pretoria. Kicking off this weekend at the Heartfelt Arena, the TNL second leg will see its teams and players continue their quest to be named the country’s best netball team.
The TNL has become known as the foremost launch pad for the country’s top up-and-coming players, with many of its participants going on to forge a career internationally or in the national team set-up.
With that in mind, we’ve selected four players to look out for this weekend – players who, based on their Power Week performances, have the potential to take their team to glory or forge future glories for themselves.
Ngubane, a goal attack for the Golden Fireballs is a points machine. Her amazing goalscoring in the TNL super week earned her player of the match in her team’s game against the North West Flames. Given her confidence and goalscoring form going into round two and the fact that she was already named the best young player and best goal shooter in the 2021 TNL, Ngubane certainly has the potential to guide her team to further victories.
Reyneke, goal defense for the Golden Fireballs, was player of the match after their 55-39 victory over the Southern Stings. Reyneke brings an extremely competitive mindset to the court, something which clearly rubs off on her teammates. She already has a number of Proteas caps meaning the experience she brings to the team will be integral in their quest for TNL glory.
Jamie van Wyk
Van Wyk, who plays goal defense for the Gauteng Jaguars, has been with the team for 4 years. This experience showed in their match against the Crinums where her strong defensive performance helped ensure victory for the team. She was deservedly awarded player of the match for her performance which is all the more impressive given the number of Proteas players plying their trade alongside her for the Jaguars.
A key player for the Kingdom Queens, Maduna was the first player in this year’s TNL to win player of the match back-to-back. Her outstanding performance in the opening super week can only help her goal to one day play for the national team. Given the TNL’s reputation for scouting talent, if she keeps up the strong performances, a big future could be on the cards for Maduna.
The 2nd leg of Telkom Netball League kicks off from 20 May to 22 May 2022 at the Heartfelt Arena in Pretoria.
Tickets will be available at the venue; R20 adults and R10 school children with the action also live on SuperSport Variety Channel 209.
Photo 1 Caption: After a thrilling opening to South Africa’s premier netball tournament in Durban, the 13 Telkom Netball League (TNL) teams will now move on to the second leg in Pretoria. Kicking off this weekend at the Heartfelt Arena, the TNL second leg will see its teams and players continue their quest to be named the country’s best netball team. Photo: Supplied