Tuesday, November 27
England 50-46 Uganda
Uganda’s senior Netball team the She Cranes lost their first game of the International Vitality Netball Series.
Despite staging up a late rally, Uganda fell 46-50 to England Roses in an entertaining game played at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, United Kingdom.
The teams will now face off again in the remaining two games of the series at London’s Copper Box on Friday, 30 November and Sunday, 2 December.
These series were lined up to prepare the sides for the forthcoming 2019 Netball World Cup that is set to take place in England.
Facing off on Wednesday, this was the first meeting between the sides since the Commonwealth games group stage game which Cranes lost 55-49 earlier this year.
The game was also the first for England to play on home soil since they won the Commonwealth gold medal. And Uganda were pumped up to spoil the party.
Uganda had a slow start as the team fell 15-8 at the end of the first quarter, and the worse was yet to come.
The Roses capitalised on Uganda’s slow start that saw the team register many misplaced passes on court. The Hosts led 30-21 at halftime.
Uganda came back the strongest in the second stanza and the team registered goals to reduce on the deficit to seven points going into the last quarter. The team literally owned the third quarter with power and athleticism.
Led by Peace Proscovia who was playing against familiar faces due to her previous long spell with England’s Loughborough Lightening, the team ran riot to level the match 43-43 towards the closing stages of the game.
However, the She Cranes couldn’t hold onto their dear lives before England managed to resurrect and survive a home shock, to seal a four game victory.
England starting 7:
GK Usuro-Brown, GD Guscoth, WD Clarke, C Guthrie, WA Natalie Haythorntwaite, GA Housby, GS Dunn.
Uganda starting 7: GK Stella Nanfuka, GD Lilian Ajio, WD Muhayimuna Namuwaya, C Nakachwa Halima, WA Ruth Meme, GA Rachael Nanyonga, GS Peace Proscovia.