TNL Heavyweights Free State Crinums and Gauteng Jaguars Toe to Toe in Saturday’s Fixtures Blockbuster  

The Free State Crinums recovered from their shock loss to the Golden Fireballs - the only team to achieve this feat in 2024 - with big win over the North West Flames, ahead of their table-topping clash against a fresh and rested Gauteng Jaguars in Saturday’s penultimate fixture, as the TNL 2024 Semi-Final berth contenders shaped up at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, on Friday, 14 June, 2024. All Photos: Netball South Africa

The Free State Crinums recovered from their shock loss to the Golden Fireballs – the only team to achieve this feat in 2024 – with big win over the North West Flames, ahead of their table-topping clash against a fresh and rested Gauteng Jaguars in Saturday’s penultimate fixture, as the TNL 2024 Semi-Final berth contenders shaped up at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, on Friday, 14 June, 2024.

The 2024 League champions will be crowned in just five days’ time with the finals scheduled to take place on Wednesday, June 19th, and the pressure is on as teams are down to their final games in which to book their spot for the semis and playoff rounds.

Earlier, Division B’s Limpopo Lilies started Friday’s action with more of their exceptional improvement and exciting elements on display during the first two days of the third and final Power Week, and their efforts were rewarded with the team avoiding a loss for the first time this season, recording their first draw to tie 42-42 with the KD Queens.

In a thrilling and closely-fought match next up, Tshukudu showcased their unwavering fighting spirit, while the Comets continued to demonstrate their remarkable form. The match truly contested, and log leaders the Eastern Cape Comets narrowly secured a one-goal win.

During the third match of the day, the Sonoblomo aimed to score 60 points against a tough Diamonds team to improve their goal average, and Free State team’s Demi-Leigh de Jager – playing as GA – delivered an outstanding performance to be named Player of the Match but, despite their efforts, the team fell short of their target.

However, Anneli Botes and her charges will find solace in the fact that the Sunbirds lost their match against the Tornados and still give them hope of securing that top 4 spot.

After suffering a defeat on Thursdady, the Crinums rallied with an impressive 54-33 triumph over the NW Flames. The half-time motivational talk from Coach Martha Mosoahle-Samm evidently had a profound impact, fuelling the team’s resurgence, while the Flames seemed to lose momentum. 

Ultimately, the Crinums surged ahead, establishing a commanding 21-goal lead, and are now setting their sights on reclaiming the top spot in the Division A standings in their table-topping clash against a rested Gauteng Jaguars at 4pm on Saturday afternoon.

In the final match, the Fireballs proved why they are in the top three of Division A, as coach Dr. Elsje Jordaan played all 12 players in preparation for their final group-stage match against the Stings in Saturday’s concluding fixture, ahead of the tournament semi-finals. 

The combination of Nomfundo Mngomezulu and Marichelle Visagie were lethal, leading the Gauteng side to a 41-goal victory. On the other hand, the Baobabs have not yet recorded a single point in the tournament, and appear poised to participate in the relegation/promotion playoffs. 

Day 18 Results of the Telkom Netball League at Ellis Park Arena in the City of Johannesburg 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

Day 19 Fixtures of the Telkom Netball League at Ellis Park Arena in the City of Johannesburg on Saturday, 15 June, 2024

08:00 Lilies vs Sunbirds
10:00 Sonoblomo vs Tornados
12:00 Diamonds vs Tshukudu
14:00 KD Queens vs KD Stars
16:00 Jaguars vs Crinums
18:00 Stings 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

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


Original Copy: Netball SA, with editing by gsport

Photo Caption: The Free State Crinums recovered from their shock loss to the Golden Fireballs – the only team to achieve this feat in 2024 – with big win over the North West Flames, ahead of their table-topping clash against a fresh and rested Gauteng Jaguars in Saturday’s penultimate fixture, as the TNL 2024 Semi-Final berth contenders shaped up at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, on Friday, 14 June, 2024. All Photos: Netball South Africa

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