The second leg of the 2022 Telkom Netball League (TNL) gets underway in Pretoria on Friday and the 13-team tournament runs until June 19.
The teams in the two-division competition are returning from a short recess that followed the successful staging of the first leg at Durban’s Olive Convention Centre from April 26 to May 1. Heartfelt Arena in Pretoria is now taking over as the home for the remainder of the matches, having been the venue of the first leg last year.
With a need for some progress in mind, KwaZulu-Natal has Kingdom Stars playing in Division One and Kingdom Queens in Division Two of this televised event that features representatives from all nine of the country’s provinces.
Golden Fireballs the team to beat
After the Durban action, which generally featured four matches for each side, Kingdom Stars are sitting second from bottom on the six-team A log table, which is led by unbeaten Golden Fireballs from Gauteng.
The Kingdom Queens are lying third on the seven-team B log, which is headed by an undefeated Eastern Cape Aloes. Queens are coached by Precious Mthembu, who previously played for the Kingdom Stars and is now also an assistant coach to Elsje Jordaan in the national U-21 unit.
Friday’s bill in Pretoria features Aloes versus Tornados at 3 pm, Fireballs versus Kingdom Stars at 5 pm, and Sunbirds versus Baobabs at 7 pm.
Five matches follow on Saturday and two on Sunday.