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SPAR Challenge: She Cranes Go Down To South Africa Again To Finish Second

Uganda lost to South Africa 44-32 in the final game of the SPAR Challenge Tri- Nations Netball Series played at Cape Town International Convention Centre in South Africa.

Uganda came into the contest looking for their first win over South Africa after losing the previous two encounters but their tremendous efforts were not enough.

Previously, on day 1 and day 4, Uganda lost to South Africa by 49-34 and 43-36 respectively.

Similar to their previous encounter, this one too was defined by intensity and physicality.

The She Cranes were brilliant in first quarter and won it 10-7.

She Cranes raised their momentum at the start of 2nd quarter, opening up a 9 goal caution at 17-8 as they capitalized on turnovers and free pass calls, but the Proteas fought back to reduce the tally to two goals as the first half ended 17-19.

South Africa applied more pressure at the start of the 3rd quarter to level matters at 22 all, before shutting down spaces and took a 28-25 lead into the fourth.

Uganda crumbled in the last quarter, when they dropped the temple of game, making poor feeds around their shooting circle allowing south Africa to dominate and ran away with the contest 44-32.

She Cranes finished second in the championship with 6 points. Irene Eyaru and Joan Nampungu who were voted best shooter and best defender of the tournament respectively.

Score Breakdown

Q1. South Africa 7-10 Uganda
Q2. South Africa 17-19 Uganda
Q3. South Africa 28-25 Uganda
Q4. South Africa 44-32 Uganda

Uganda

GS Shadiah Nassanga Ssegujja, GA Irene Eyaru, WA Sarah Nakiyunga, C Stella Oyella (C), WD Florence Adunia, GD Joan Nampungu, GK Shaffie Nalwanja

South Africa

GS Sian Moore, GA Ranske Stoltz, WA Bongiwe Msomi, C Izette Griesel, WD Nozipho Nsthangase, GD Monique Reyneke, GK Simone Rabie.

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