England’s senior National Netball team, the Roses proved too good for Uganda with a complete 3-0 whitewash to clinch the Vitality Netball International Series.
The English side were declared champions after winning 65-53 on Friday. Sunday’s 66-37 win was just an icing on the cake.
The Roses had got off the mark with a narrow 50-46 win on Tuesday, November 27 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.
Uganda showed resilience in the first game, with England finishing it late to win by just four goals.
In the second game, the result may not suggest what truly happened on court as the Cranes contested the opponents from the word go.
In the last game, Uganda looked fatigued and worn out. The first two games took much from the team, and Coach Kiwanuka didn’t rotate his side as expected, leave alone the quality I’m depths. It should be noted that this was the first ever major series Uganda has ever played against a strong side.
The highly anticipated three-match series didn’t live as earlier advertised, thanks to a far better England Roses.
Uganda put up a fight, but the difference in quality, pedigree, organisation and of course home court advantage surfaced in both games.
The English have been totally superior in the three games. Even on paper, England are ranked second in the International Netball Federation (INF) World Rankings, below leaders Australia. Uganda are seventh in the pecking order, which is excellent in its own right.
We all expected England to come out all guns blazing since this was their first games in front of the vocal home crowds since winning the Commonwealth games.
The Roses played with belief and confidence as they had beaten up on Uganda earlier in their Commonwealth run.
It should be noted that both sides used the series as precursor to upcoming Netball World Cup next year in July 12-21. It will be held in Liverpool, England.
Uganda will open up with England at the Echo Arena on July 12 before facing pool D opponents Scotland and Samoa.
Uganda’s starting teams:
Tuesday – Game one (46-50)
Proscovia (GS), Nanyonga (GA), Meme (WA), Nakachwa (C), Namuwaya (WD), Ajio (GD), Oyella (GK)
Friday – Game Two (53-65)
Proscovia (GS), Nanyonga (GA), Nakachwa (WA), Kizza (C), Namuwaya (WD), Ajio (GD), Nanfuka (GK)
Sunday – Game Three (37-66)
Proscovia (GS), Oyella (GA), Meeme (WA), Nakachwa (C), Ajio (WD), Nanfuka (GD), Namuwaya (GK)