Gauteng Jaguars coach Jenny van Dyk believes that her team can successfully defend the Netball Premier League that is going to kick off tonight at the Rembrandt Hall at the University of Pretoria.

The Jaguars have been dominating the league having won it for the past two years, and also reaching the final in the past five years.

Van Dyk says the Free State Crinums will be their biggest threat.

The Jaguars will be missing the national team players that will be part of the Spar Smileys team, a team that features locally based national team players.

The Smileys team will also play in the Premier League to prepare for the upcoming world cup in England in July.

Van Wyk says they will be looking to maintain the same standard.

The tournament will take place for the next five weeks. Thirteen teams will partake in the event including ten provincial teams (two from Gauteng), Smileys, Zimbabwe and the male team. Van Dyk says her players are in high spirits. – Report by Vincent Sitsula