Netball World Cup
Uganda 52-43 Scotland
M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
The She Cranes ensured they reached the final preliminary round of the Netball world cup, defeating Scotland 52-43 on Sunday.
Scotland ranked one place behind Uganda in 7th, finished third in Group D to also advanced to the next round, in third.
On the day, Stella Oyala was magnificent and her shooting could not be contained by Scotland.
The home based player converted 27 of her attempted 28 goals, shooting 96%.
Despite the loss, Scotland coach Gail Parata was impressed by her side.
“The last time we played it was a 20-goal difference,” Said Parata told BBC after the game.
“Today’s it’s nine, so we’re building. You can see how young our players are – most will be there for the next World Cup.”
Uganda and Scotland went into the match with identical records – a win over Samoa and a defeat by England – making this a straight shootout for second place in the group.
The teams traded goals in the opening 10 minutes before Oyella and inspirational captain Peace Proscovia moved Uganda into a 16-11 lead at the end of the opening quarter.
Emma Barrie, at 17 the youngest in the Scotland squad, came on for Bethan Goodwin and scored seven goals from nine attempts.
But that was not enough to prevent Uganda from extending their advantage to eight goals by half-time – 29-21 the score – their eye for the net matched by their ability to intercept Scotland’s passes.
The second half was more of Uganda trying to see out the victory as Scotland desperately tried to come back.
Scotland took the third 12-11 while Uganda took the fourth 12-10.
In the end, Uganda held on to win the contest and justify their favourite tag that they went into the game, holding.
However, the result confirmed that Samoa would finish bottom of the table while Scotland and Uganda would go through to contest the second stage of the preliminaries starting on Monday.
Uganda’s starting 7 against Scotland
Sylvia Nanyonga, Stella Oyella, Mary Nuba, Peace Proscovia, Stella Nanfuka, Racheal Nanyonga, Lilian Ajio.