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Uganda takes another step towards netball title

By James Bakama

Added 18th September 2018 09:14 PM

The hosts were in superb form against Kenya outclassing them 105-15

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The hosts were in superb form against Kenya outclassing them 105-15

Monday results

South Africa 117 USA 4

Zimbabwe 44 Sri Lanka 31

Singapore 39 Kenya 38

Uganda 102 USA 16

Tuesday results

Uganda 105 v Kenya 15

South Africa116 v Sri Lanka 6

Zimbabwe 40 v USA 28

Uganda 77 v Singapore 19

Wednesday

10am –Zimbabwe v Kenya

12pm- South Africa v Singapore

2pm- Uganda v Sri Lanka

4pm- USA v Kenya

6pm South Africa v Zimbabwe

Uganda beat Kenya and Singapore to move a step closer to winning its first World University Netball title.

 Uganda vs Singapore

The hosts were in superb form against Kenya outclassing them 105-15 before also beating stubborn Singapore 77-19.

Uganda will be back in action Wednesday at Makerere’s new indoor facility against another Asian giant Sri-Lanka.

South Africa who are eyeing their second straight title were in equally impressive as they overwhelmed Sri Lanka 116-6.

Zimbabwe, making their second appearance at the biennial event, beat a much improved USA 40-28.

Uganda’s Mary Nuba, standing at 6ft 2in, was the day’s star as she top scored in both her team’s matches.

Against Kenya she fired in 72 goals off 92 attempts. Team captain Irene Eyaru who started off as a goal shooter scored 31 goals from 33 attempts.

 Zimbabwe vs USA

Nuba who began as a goal attacker then exchanged roles with Eyaru and the shift had immediate dividends.

South Africa are seen by some pundits as the favourites. “They are a solid well balanced side with maturity far beyond most of their opponents.”

Zimbabwe’s Letwin Ncube noted that their performance this year is an improvement of their inaugural show in 2012 when they were only able to get one win.

“We have had our lessons and I must say we have gained confidence. That’s why we are winning more matches this time.”

USA are yet to win a match but they also have shown all the signs of a fast improving side.

“We should be even better in our next games,” promised captain Amara Mbionwu, however noting that they will also have to improve on their passing.

Despite losing to Uganda, Singapore displayed good organisation.

They made the best of spaces and regularly made good interceptions, though like their captain Tabitha Ong   noted, they were let down by their inferior size.

“We played a much better team with bigger physique. It was a tough match but we did our best.”

England won the inaugural tournament in 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa after beating the hosts. South Africa however bounced back stronger in the next edition in Miami in 2016.

They beat Jamaica 43-39 in the final to emerge champions. In the semi-final they beat Uganda, who eventually lost to Australia in the bronze medal game.

Host nations organise the biennial event together with the Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU).

It is a women's indoor tournament with a maximum of 12 teams competing.  A total of 12 competitors and five officials are allowed per team.

Uganda, a fast growing netball country, has featured in all editions of the competitions.

 

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