Star netball players gear up for big stage

Renisha Daniels, from Rocklands, is part f the Cape Tornadoes side taking part in next months Telkom Netball League.

The future’s looking bright
for promising netball
player, Renisha Daniels,
19, from Rocklands.
Despite missing out on making the national under-21 side,
the lanky defender/shooter has
been included in the Cape Tornadoes side that will compete
in the upcoming Telkom Netball League, due to kick off, in
Bloemfontein, in October. 

Daniels, who plays for
Weltevrede Netball Club and
Cleopatra Omele, from Khayelitsha, had just returned from an
SA under-21 training camp, held
at the University of Pretoria’s
High Performance Centre,
ahead of next year’s under-21
world cup in Fiji. 
The two 19-year-olds were
among four players from the city
invited to attend these trials, with
Omele getting the nod from the
selectors. 
While disappointed that she
did not make the squad, Daniels,
is hopeful that she will be called
back, as the squad had not been
finalised. 
For now, the two are looking forward to the upcoming
Telkom Netball League (TNL),
which will be held in Bloemfontein next month, following
an announcement from Netball
South Africa. 
The three-week competition
will feature 12 teams from across
the country, including the SA
under-21 team that will use the
tournament as part of their preparations. 
The TNL will take place at
the Mangaung Indoor Sports
Complex in Bloemfontein, from
Wednesday October 14 until
Tuesday October 27. 
Initially, the tournament was
supposed to have taken place
in May over a six-week period
in three provinces but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the eventual lockdown. 
However, with the easing of
the lockdown regulations, the
federation was given the green
light, subject to strict conditions. 
Cape Town will be represented by the Tornadoes and the
Southern Stings, which feature
players from the Winelands area.
Daniels said she’s excited to
be part of the Tornadoes squad
and looking to make an impression. 
The former Westridge
High pupil first made her Western Provice debut in 2016 and
was part of the Western Cape
squad that won gold and bronze
in 2017 and 2018, respectively, at
a national schools’ tournament. 
“I’ve been playing netball for
as long as I can remember,” said
Daniels, a first year B.Ed student
at the University of the Western
Cape.
Introduced to mini netball
while at primary school, she
later joined Westridge Netball
Club before settling on her current club, Weltevrede as a then
under-13 player.