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Atamba ends year as woodball's number one

By David Namunyala

Added 3rd January 2018 05:36 PM

Atamba’s performance at the inaugural Beach World Cup Woodball Championship held in Indonesia in August, put him at number one in the men’s category.

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Atamba’s performance at the inaugural Beach World Cup Woodball Championship held in Indonesia in August, put him at number one in the men’s category.

 
After a number of attempts to reposition himself as Uganda’s seed-one woodball player, Onesmus Atamba finally did it this year.
 
Atamba’s performance at the inaugural Beach World Cup Woodball Championship held in Indonesia in August, put him at number one in the men’s category.
 
The Ndejje club player had not won any event on both the local and international scene since the year started, but his victory against the world’s number-one Ahris Sumariyanto ended his two year winning drought.
 
Atamba had earlier beaten Wong Ying Wang from Hong Kong, Pankaj Wasankar (India), Lee Yen-Ting from Taipei and teammate Joel Adupa before meeting Indonesia’s Sumariyanto in the final of the men’s fairway category.
 
He then paired with Adupa to win bronze in the men’s doubles after falling to tough opponents Lee Yen-Ting and Wen Chung-Wei from Taipei.
 
The other Ugandans Bruno Bbosa and Israel Muwanguzi succumbed to Hong Kong’s Ko Yun Tao and Har Check Kin respectively in the men’s singles category.
 
In the women’s category, team skipper Joan Mukoova and Joyce Nalubega’s quest for the doubles title ended after they lost to Singapore’s Teo Siew Lan and Wee Cheng Lian as they settled for bronze at the six-day event.
 
However, in the women’s singles, Mukoova, Nalubega, Sandra Nabaggala and Uganda’s best Lillian Zawedde were knocked out in the preliminary stage by Korea’s Chang, Hsieh Ping-Yeh Ran (Taipei), Wong Nga Chun (Hong Kong) and Chiang Fang-Yu (Taipei) respectively.
 
Uganda also finished in third position overall after defeating participants from Korea and India in the men and women’s categories respectively.
 
Mukoova stars
 
The other highlight of the year came when Uganda’s Israel Muwanguzi and Joan Mukoova clinched the men and women’s titles at the Uganda International Woodball Championship.
 
For Muwanguzi, it was his first podium finish at an international event. He put up a surprise performance to win the men’s singles with a tally of 215 strokes to end his two years trophy drought.
 
He finished with eight strokes ahead of teammate Franco Kibuule at 223 while Brian Gwaaka come in third position with 227strokes.
 
Meanwhile, Mukoova's quest for the title was also not an easy one after she finished with 217 strokes in 48 fairways ahead of tough challenger’s from Chinese Taipei, Lee Shu-Hui with 224 and Chung Pi-Ju with 229 strokes in second and third positions.
 
Ndejje dominant
 
For the first time in local woodball, the 2017 Uganda Open attracted 336 players including 30 foreign participants from Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, China, South Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Burundi, Comoros, DRC, Kenya and Tanzania.
 
Botladz and Ndejje University will both be entered into the woodball archives as the first clubs to win national league titles since the sports was initiated in 1990.
 
For the record, Uganda was the first woodball playing nation to launch a national league that was sponsored by Buganda Land Board (BLB) to a tune of sh30m.
 
In the women’s category, Ndejje’s team of Florence Mukoya, Joyce Nalubega, Pauline Nakayenga, and Elizabeth Nambeguya went ahead to beat Racheal Ninsiima, Denise Nanjeru, Catherine Nalubega and Dorah Nanyonga from Stroke Club 3-0 before beating BLB to cement the table lead with 34pts.
 
The victory put them two points ahead of Ndejje Corporates (32 points) in second place while Zoe settled for third place with (29 points).
 
Meanwhile, in the men’s side, Botladz also systematically beat Kisubi Corporate, Proway and BLB 3-0 in the final fixture to emerge champions with a tally of 55 points followed by Ndejje Corporates and Zoe with 46 and 45 points respectively.
 
“The season was very competitive especially from the corporates point of view and we expect even a tougher season come 2018,” remarked UWbF president Mark Kayongo.
 
We have had a number of achievements especially at the Beach World Cup and the Uganda International Open and at the launch of woodball league,” he added.

 

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