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She Cranes defeat Zimbabwe to finish 7th at Netball World Cup 2019

This was Uganda’s 4th victory at the 2019 Netball World Cup. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

Netball World Cup 2019
Uganda 58-47 Zimbabwe
Liverpool Arena, Liverpool
Sunday, 21-07-2019

The Uganda Netball Women’s national team, She Cranes will finish 7th at the on-going World Cup in Liverpool, UK.

This was ensured on Sunday when Vincent Kiwanuka’s side defeat Zimbabwe in the 7th/8th placement match played at the Liverpool Arena.

The win is Uganda’s 4th in 8 matches at the World Cup, the most they have won since making their debut in 1979.

Unlike in the past three successive losses to Jamaica, South Africa and Malawi, the She Cranes started strongly, taking a 14-11 lead at the end of the first quarter.

They maintained their good start in the second, winning it 15-09 to ensure they led by 9 goals going into the long break.

Zimbabwe took the third 17-16 to reduce the deficit heading into the last quarter but Uganda powered back with a 13-10 quarter victory to seal a 58-47 victory.

Speaking after the game, She Cranes assistant coach Nelson Bogere couldn’t hide his excitement about finishing 7th.

“We came here wanting to do better than in 2015 and we have managed to achieve that. Said Bogere.

“It has been a tough tournament but its not that we didn’t expect it.

“All in all, we are all happy for the win and 7th position and we will come back in 2023 eyeing better.

Uganda’s record at the Netball World Cup reads; finished 13th in 1978, finished 8th in 2015 and finished 7th in 2019.

She Cranes starting 7

Lilian Ajio (GD), Ruth Meeme (WA), Stella Nanfuka (GK), Stella Oyella (Centre), Mary Nuba (GS), Sylvia Nanyonga (WD), Peace Proscovia (GA)

Sunday’s upcoming games

-5/6: Jamaica Vs Malawi
-3/4: England Vs South Africa
-Final: Australia Vs New Zealand

Uganda at Netball World Cup 2019

Preliminary stage one

-England 64-32 Uganda
-Uganda 69-48 Samoa
-Uganda 52-43 Scotland

Preliminary Stage Two

-Trinidad & Tobago 54-57 Uganda
-South Africa 67-40 Uganda
-Jamaica 57-39 Uganda

Placement

-Malawi 55-44 Uganda
-Zimbabwe 47-58 Uganda

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