Saturday, April 7
Uganda 54-52 Malawi
Uganda Netball Team, the She Cranes picked their first victory at the ongoing Commonwealth games in Australia – This is the first time a Uganda netball team is taking part in the games.
Uganda has on Saturday morning edged Malawi 54-52 in an all African tie played at the Gold Coast convention centre.
Team captain Peace Proscovia Drajole Agondua (more commonly known as Peace Proscovia), inspired the side to the victory with an outstanding performance.
Peace who vies her trade with the Loughborough Lightning, a team in the Netball Superleague (England) scored 43 goals from her 47 attempts, a 92% conversion rate.
Having lost to New Zealand in the opening fixture on day one, the She Cranes had a rest on Friday (day two) and the side used it as an advantage to stage a spirited performance.
Uganda had a brilliant start, leading the Malawi Queens 18-10 inside the first break.
Malawi were not going down without a fight, the Queens took the next two quarters 12-15 and 10-14 to go into the last quarter with just one goal deficit.
Leading 40-39 inside the last quarter, the She Cranes held on despite strong resistance from the opponents up to the last wire, to seal a hard fought 54-52 victory.
Rachael Nanyonga also had a pivotal role, the wing attacker scored 21 goals on the day.
Malawi’s experienced Superstar Mwayi Kunada led the charts with 43 goals but her effort was not all that enough to stop the She Cranes from grabbing their maiden win.
The victory leaves Uganda in 3rd on the log with just one victory from two games.
On the menu today, Northern Ireland takes on South Africa, Scotland vs Wales in a U.K derby as Fiji will square off with Berbados to end day three.
Next for Uganda is an encounter with England on Sunday morning.
Uganda Team Sheet
Lilian Ajio, Ruth Meeme, Halima Nakachwa, Stella Nanfuka, Florence Nanyonga, Florence Nanyonga, Rachael Nanyonga and Peace Proscovia.
Betty Kiiza, Namuwaya Muhayimuna and Joan Nampungu.
Un used Subs:
Hadija Nakabuye and Stella Oyella.
Coach: Joan Nyongesa