The 2023 edition of the domestic netball league, the Telkom Netball League is set to start on the 27th of April at the Ngoako Ramatlhodi Sports Complex in Seshego outside Polokwane in Limpopo. This is before it heads to Pretoria in June.

Netball South Africa and Telkom held an official media launch event in Sandton to announce the start of the 2023 TNL season.

FIFTH EDITION OF THE TELKOM NETBALL LEAGUE

Telkom are in the fifth year of the partnership with the netball federation. They came on board in 2019. Telkom have also renewed its partnership with Netball South Africa by a further three years effective from 01 April 2023.

The 2023 TNL will be played across two provinces. The opening week taking place from the 27 April to the 01 May at the Ngoako Ramahlodi Sports Complex.

“Our relationship with Telkom is growing from strength to strength with every year that passes by. As a federation, we are delighted about their commitment to the growth and development of the sport. Their sponsorship renewal for another three years is a testament to their dedication to the sport. We appreciate that,” said Netball South Africa President, Ms Cecilia Molokwane.

 2023 Telkom Netball League to Kickstart in Limpopo
Telkom Netball League teams

The second and final leg of the league will see games being played at the Heartfelt Arena in Pretoria between 2 June to 1 July 2023. Heartfelt Arena will be home to TNL for the third consecutive year.

Gugu Mthembu, Telkom’s Chief Marketing Officer also elaborates on the success of Telkom’s sponsorship.

“As proud sponsors of this year’s TNL, we look forward to yet another successful competition and ultimately continuing with the development of Netball in South Africa.”

“Through TNL, we want to continue showcasing the best netball talent in the country. Whilst growing the sport and encouraging South African youth to stand tall through life’s adversities.”

She continues to say that “TNL will provide a platform for all the players and coaches to raise their hands for a chance to make the final Proteas squad for Africa’s first Netball World Cup.”

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Netball South Africa further announced that there will be two new teams added to the league. This will bring the total number of competing teams to fifteen.

The two additional teams are from the Free State and Limpopo provinces. They will be known as Free State Sonoblomo and also Limpopo Lilies, respectively.

The two added teams will ply their trade in the second division of the league, while the Eastern Cape Aloes who are the champions of the same division earn a promotion to the first division.