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Commonwealth Games: Poor Start as Uganda She Cranes Fall to New Zealand

Day one: Thursday, April 5

New Zealand 64-51 Uganda

Uganda National Netball side, the She Cranes had a poor start to their Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games campaign, losing 51-64 to New Zealand netball side.

The She Cranes put up a very spirited fight against a strong and experienced side before eventually losing in the game played at Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on Tuesday.

New Zealand featuring at Commonwealth Games for the fifth time winning two gold medals and three silver medals, experienced counted on their side against Uganda that was playing at the tourney for the first time.

The two sides met at the World Cup in 2015 with the Ferns easily winning 76-33 but this time round, the she cranes were ready to go down with a fight.

Fans showing their support to Team Uganda

Uganda led by the ever strong Peace Proscovia started competitively but were edged out 15-10 going into the first break.

The Ferns showed that they are in Australia for business as they staged a strong display with the guidance of experienced Maria Folau to take a 32-22 lead at halftime.

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Despite good displays from goal attacker Rachael Nanyonga in the following quarters, the Ferns took a 49-37 lead before sealing victory with a 13 point gap.

Peace and Nanyonga scored 34 and 14 goals respectively for the She Cranes.

Peace Proscovia captained the She Cranes

The she cranes will take a day off before returning to action on Saturday with Malawi in an all-African affair.

She Cranes players used;

Lillian Ajio, Ruth Meeme, Halima Nakachwa, Stella Nanfuka, Florence Nanyonga, Rachael Nanyonga and Peace proscovia.

Other Day one results

England 74-28 Scotland

Jamaica 88-30 Fiji

Australia 94-26 Northern Ireland

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