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She Cranes Starts Tri-Netball Series With A Loss

South Africa 58-30 Namibia
S.A U21 42-51 President’s XII
South Africa 49-34 Uganda


Uganda Netball team, the She Cranes started the SPAR challenge Tri Nation series on low key following a loss against hosts South Africa at Cape Town International Convention Centre.

South Africa who were playing their second game of the day after their first against Namibia in the morning, managed to beat Uganda by 49-34 in a very physical contest of the final game of the day.

The Spar Proteas broke straight away from 1-1 on Shadia Nassanga contact foul before another one from Stella Oyera’s wrong footwork to give themselves an early 4 goal lead at 6-2. But She Cranes stood tall and produced a solid defence to reduce the margin to one goal at the end the first quarter 11-10

In the second quarter the Proteas come back strongly to reopen up another 4 goal lead following several She Cranes mistakes in the centre third before Cranes fighting back to level matters at 17-17 in the middle of the quarter.

The quarter continued toe-to-toe, steal by steal, turn over to turn over, and She Cranes were only denied by the clock to level matter as it ended 22-21.

Uganda took a short lead at the start of third quarter at 22-23 which was largely affected by a knock in the eye to goal shooter Shadia who was substituted, forcing team captain Oyela switching from Center position to GS where she didn’t do well giving Protea multiple chances to do what they do best as they reclaimed their 4 goal lead.

Another Sarah Nakiyonga injury towards the end of third quarter, made it uglier for She Crane, forcing the re-introduction of Shadia in her initial position which caused
more distraction among She Cranes who conceded more chances to the hosts who fished the quarter with a ten goal lead at 37-27.

The Spar Proteas compiled more pressure by intercepting their close range passes, forcing Uganda to make repeated mistakes, giving South Africa 4-0 score at the start of final quarter which took the lead to 14 goals at 41-28 before seeing out the contest 49-34.

She Cranes coach who was disappointed in the Umpires said that his side will correct their mistakes in next fixtures.

“We were playing well in both first and second quarter but when players got injured everything changed and i don’t know which rules the Umpires use because they didn’t take any required precautions to players who injured ours on both occasions of a Goal shooter and a Wing Attacker.”

“We shall correct our mistakes in the second match”

Uganda will tomorrow play their second game which will be against the Desert Jewels of Namibia at 6pm East African standard time.

Scores Breakdown

Q1. South Africa 11-10 Uganda
HT. South Africa 22-21 Uganda
Q3. South Africa 37-27 Uganda
FT. South Africa 49-34 Uganda

Line-up Used

Uganda

Privas Kayeny-GK, Joan Nampungu-GD, Shaffie Nalwanja-WD, Stella Oyella-C, Sarah Nakiyonga-WA, Irene Eyaru-GA, Shadiah Nassanga-GS

Substitutes

Florence Adunia, Haniisha Muhameed, Suzan Mukala, Tausi Mumena, Nassim Mutesi.

South Africa

Simone Rabie, Monique Reyneke, Khanyisa Chawane, Rome Joubert, Bongiwe Msomi, Renske Stoltz, Nonsikelelo Mazibuko.

Substitutes

Izette Griesel, Tshinakaho Mdau, Sian Moore, Nozipho Ntshangase, Chantelle Swart.

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