The Telkom Netball League round-robin stage concluded on Wednesday night, because the season actually delivered loads of enthralling motion because the begin of the competitors in April.
Groups have given all they might and brought on the challenges they confronted within the totally different video games they performed. 4 groups in Division One and Two dominated sufficient to earn a spot within the semi-finals, that are set to get underway on Thursday, 29 June on the Heartfelt Area in Pretoria.
The primary Division Two semi-final will see the Baobabs tackle the Diamonds. The Baobabs recorded their twelfth victory right now following their 61-24 win over the Comets. The Baobabs’ capturing circle has confirmed to be a risk for all of the groups, which has been their largest contributor to their success in ending prime of the log standings and scoring 822 targets, the best variety of targets throughout each divisions.
The Diamonds have been additionally in motion this afternoon and suffered a 42-37 defeat towards the Sunbirds, however that didn’t dent their spot within the final 4. The staff from the Northern Cape received a by means of go qualification from the Queens, who brought about an upset by defeating the Comets in a must-win sport. The Baobabs have been dubbed favorites for this match after finishing a double over the Diamonds this season.
The second semi-final ultimate shall be a battle between the Tornados and the Mpumalanga Sunbirds.
The rivalry between these two sides has created an electrifying and edge-of-the-seat viewing expertise for the supporters. Their first encounter on the second week of June noticed the Tornados lead the primary half and the Sunbirds flipping the script within the third quarter to win the sport 42-40. Final Sunday, either side confronted off once more and this time across the Sunbirds dominated the primary three quarters however the Tornados charged within the ultimate seconds to take a one-goal win. The Tornados completed second and the Sunbirds third with twenty-four and twenty-one factors respectively, to arrange a semi-final sport that guarantees to be a blockbuster.
In Division One, the Southern Stings got here out firing towards the Fireballs and overpowered the Gauteng staff to a 54-38 victory. The win was an enormous confidence booster for the Stings, who now have to beat a well-oiled Crinums staff within the first semi-final. The Crinums completed prime of the log standings, dropping just one match throughout the group phases, and the Stings booked their semi-final spot following a fourth-place end after successful seven out of the twelve video games they performed.
In the meantime, the Fireballs and the Jaguars will lock horns in a Gauteng derby semi-final, having completed second and third respectively. This can be a repeat of final yr’s ultimate, however the Fireballs possess the higher hand after beating their provincial rivals twice this yr.
Jaguars coach Rozanne Matthyse gladly accepts the underdog tag after dropping 4 video games thus far, ”We now have ready for this. We nonetheless imagine that we will take this, and it’s good to not be the speak of the city the entire time, however you’re for as soon as the underdog and that’s the worst place for different groups to be in, the Jaguars being your underdog. We good the place we at and we wish to enhance, we wish to peak within the finals and never within the semis.”
Fixtures: Telkom Netball League on Thursday, 29 June 2023
10:00|Div.2- PLAY OFF POSITION 7/8|Sonoblomo vs Lilies
12:00|Div.2- SEMI-FINAL 1|Baobabs vs Diamonds
14:00|Div.2- SEMI-FINAL 2|Tornados vs Sunbirds
16:00|Div.1- SEMI-FINAL 1|Crinums vs Stings
18:00|Div.1- SEMI-FINAL 2|Fireballs vs Jaguars
With modifying by gsport