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Johannesburg, South Africa: In the first game on Day 3 of TNL Power-Week 2, the Sonoblomo faced off against the Lillies from Limpopo in a B Division game. The Limpopo side came out desperate to record their first win of the tournament, however, the many unforced errors, caused them to succumb, 40 – 28 to the Free State team.

In the Second game of the day, the current B Division log leaders, the Comets convincingly beat the Kingdom Queens, which was not the result that the Queens needed. Coach Magda du Plessis desperately came out wanting her team to find all cylinders which they are just not doing at the moment, while the Comets recorded their third win in as many days.

In the match between Tshukudu and the Kingdom Stars, debutants Tshukudu continue to be an exciting team to watch. They had a serious step up during the game. At half-time, the Stars were leading quite convincingly, but in true cliché, proven right, never underestimate the newcomers. The team from the Northwest managed to keep the Stars at bay and only lost to them by one point.

In a conversation with former Proteas player and netball analyst Vanes-Marie du Toit, she emphasized how exciting it is to watch the debutants play against experienced teams.

“Tshukudu’s mid-court players gelled well together while the Stars made questionable changes in the last quarter which directly contributed to Tshukudu catching up,” emphasized du Toit.

The fourth game of the day between The Sunbirds and Diamonds, saw many moments of brilliance.  Dlamini on goal attack, for the Diamonds, had an outstanding game. She ran the attack and was a close contender for player of the match.

The Sunbirds’ attack, led by wing attack Sinothando Zimema, stood out. Lika Boysen, who walked away as the player of the match, received most of the passes and provided accurate feeding with great pace control, benefitting the team.

Chatting to Coach and commentator, Mampo Tsotetsi, she said, “There was one-way traffic for the Stings, with no response for Sian Moore in the front. She continued, “It was an interesting introduction of Kelly Gouws in the GA position and brought a great partnership between Gouws and Moore in the shooting circle. Syntiche Kubuya, who is a fantastic left-hander, kept pushing Muhluri Hlatshwayo to her dominant side and towards the line, away from the post, which eventually affected Hlatshwayo’s confidence.”

The Baobabs, who are still missing Cornelia Mupenda at the back, remain a challenge for them. It seems like they are still struggling to adjust to the game’s tempo in Division A. Emily Mathosa’s side is still finding it difficult to record a win.

On the other hand, the Jaguars came out a little fatigued after their massive clash yesterday but managed to stay on the winning streak against the Aloes in the last game of the day.

Full Results:

Sonoblomo 40-38 Lillies
EC Comets 47-33 KD Queens
Tshukudu 49-50 KD Stars
Sunbirds 54-48 Diamonds
Stings 74-36 Baobabs
Aloes 41-59 Jaguars

Monday (3 June) Fixtures:

KD Queens vs Diamonds
Sunbirds vs Comets
Tshukudu vs Sonoblomo
KD Stars vs Tornados
Stings vs Flames
Baobabs vs Crinums

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