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Netball World Cup: She Cranes Beat Samoa To Clinch First Win

Saturday, July 13
*Uganda 69-48 Samoa
(22-11, 18-12, 17-10, 12-15)

Starting Seven
Sylvia Nanyonga (WD), Stella Oyella (GA), Mary Nuba (GS), Jessica Achan (C), Stella Nanfuka (GK), Racheal Nanyonga (WA), Lilian Ajio (GD)

Uganda’s senior netball team, the She Cranes thrashed Samoa at the ongoing 2019 Netball World Cup for the first win of the tournament.

At the end of the final whistle, the Cranes basked in glory, joined the joyous fans who had cheered the team from start while waving their flags up in the air. The girls shared high fives as fans took selfies with their new heroes. It was a win worth celebrating.

Coming into the game on the back of a 64-32 loss to hosts England, coach Vincent Kiwanuka made various changes, notably Mary Nuba Cholhok starting at goal shooting position while Stella Oyella was moved from Centre to Goal attacker.

Nuba combined with Oyella to score quick goals as Uganda opened a quick 17-7 lead before ending the first quarter 21-11.

The side proved too much, with Ruth Meeme brought on for Racheal Nanyonga, as they shot 91% and made six intercepts to lead 40-23 at halftime.

Captain Peace Proscovia was introduced midway through the third quarter as the side extended their dominance.

Samoa tried to fight back, edging the last quarter 15-12 after Uganda tried to save much in the tank.

“I had to make sure that I correct my wrongs,” Oyella said during a TV interview. “We had to win today and we are hoping for the best.”

This is the second loss for Samoa who had lost to Scotland 35-53 and will face England Roses on Sunday.

Uganda, at their third World Cup, will seek to do better than previous appearances – They finished 13th in 1979 and eighth in 2015.

Uganda will now face Scotland this Sunday, a side they beat 57-37 last year in April at Gold coast.

Other Saturday Results

*Australia 73-37 Zimbabwe
*Northern Ireland 67-50 Sri Lanka
*New Zealand 78-50 Barbados
*Malawi 87-50 Singapore
*England 70-33 Scotland
*Jamaica Vs Trinidad
*South Africa Vs Fiji

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