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She Cranes overpower Samoa to register first victory at World Cup 2019

Mary Nuba (left) played as a Goal Shooter on Saturday. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

Netball World Cup
Uganda 69-48 Samoa
M&S Bank Arena, England
Saturday, 13-07-2019

Like it was expected, the Uganda National Women’s Netball team, She Cranes took care of business on day two of the Netball World Cup as they defeated Samoa.

Coming of a loss 64-32 to England in their opening game, Vincent Kiwanuka’s side put up a dominant display, taking three of the four quarters en route to a comfortable 69-48 victory.

After Friday’s almost no show, Kiwanuka made a few alterations to his starting team with Stella Oyella moved to Goal Attack while Mary Nuba was switched to Goal Shooter. Captain Peace Proscovia started on the bench and would later be introduced in the third quarter.

The move paid off immediately with the two impressing in the first quarter to put Uganda on their way as they took it 22-11.

The second saw She Cranes maintain their control as they won it 18-12 to ensure they led 40-23 at halftime.

Despite having a comfortable 17 goal lead, Kiwanuka’s side who are ranked 6th in the world, went for the kill in the third, taking it 17-10 and head into the last quarter leading 57-33.

Speaking after the game, Kiwanuka was full of praise for his team who now set focus to their final preliminary round one game against Scotland on Sunday.

“We had to bounce back to put our selves in a good position to march onto the next round, said Kiwanuka.

“The girls reacted well and now we get our tournament started and also target another win against Scotland.

With three teams progressing from each group, Uganda have sealed a spot in the next round but will be hoping to take care of Scotland on Sunday.

For Samoa, they take on England Roses on the same day. This was their second loss at the competition after losinf 35-53 to Scotland on Friday.

The last time the two met, the She Cranes registered a 20 goal victory, at the Commonwealth games in Australia.

She Cranes starting team against Scotland

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

Other Netball World Cup results on Saturday

-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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