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Netball World Cup: She Cranes Hold Nerves To Edge Former Champions

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Stella Oyella of Uganda in action during the Vitality Netball World Cup match between Uganda and Scotland at M&S Bank Arena on July 14, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Emma Simpson/Getty Images)

Monday, July 15
*Trinidad & Tobago 54-57 Uganda

Wednesday, July 17
*South Africa Vs Uganda

Uganda’s senior netball team, the She Cranes, fought back before holding on their slender advantage to edge Trinidad and Tobago at M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool.

Trailing 31-30 at the long break, She Cranes, turned on the heat in the third quarter with Peace Proscovia after a slow start, lift the team to the finish line in one of the most tight games at the ongoing 2019 Netball World Cup.

This was a big test for Uganda a against a resurging Trinidad side, who after missing last year’s Commonwealth games in Australia, had reorganized to become a force in the Caribbean region.

Uganda’s Peace Proscovia (left) and Trinidad and Tobago’s Daystar Swift (Getty Images)

It should be noted that Trinidad is the only side, outside Australia and New Zealand to have won a Netball World Cup title. Lifting it in 1979.

Trinidad’s Samantha Wallace was on fire right from the start, troubling Uganda’s Namuwaya Muhayimuna at the other end of the court.

Stella Oyella was accurate with her shooting while Jessica Achan who was later replaced by Betty Kizza in the centre, made some outstanding interceptions in a game that saw the lead exchange hands on various occasions.

Stella Oyella trying to shoot. Courtesy photo

“It has not been an easy game,” assistant coach Nelson Bogere said on TV. “It Trinidad played a good game and gave us hard time but we managed to do it at the end.”

“Proscovia was good today, she has principles of a leader. We told her at halftime his important this game was and you saw how she came back stronger.”

Uganda will have a rest day on Tuesday before facing bogey side South Africa, a team they have not beaten since 2009.

The She Cranes, after finishing second in group D in the preliminary stage one, will seek to fight for the top two slots in group G to reach the semis. England, Jamaica and South Africa are the top favourites in the group that also have Scotland and Trinidad & Tobago.

Monday, July 15
*Zimbabwe 46-79 New Zealand
*Northern Ireland 43-47 Malawi
*Australia 91-22 Barbados
*Sri Lanka 88-50 Singapore
*Jamaica 48-56 England
*Fiji 54-55 Samoa
*Trinidad & Tobago 54-57 Uganda
*South Africa 66-38 Scotland

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