She Cranes continue to impress at Spar Challenge netball Tourney

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Uganda's Irene Eyaru (R) and Juzelri Garbers of Namibia compete for the ball in their game during the SPAR Challenge at the CTICC in Cape Town on 26 March 2021. Courtesy Photo

THE Ugandan She-Cranes continued their winning ways against the Namibian Debmarine Desert Jewels at the Spar Challenge Tri-Nations netball tournament at the Cape Town International Conference Centre on Monday, beating them 57-27 after leading 31 nine at halftime.

It was their third victory over Namibia in the tournament.

Uganda dominated throughout, although the Desert Jewels came back in the last quarter, losing it by just one goal.

“It was a disappointing performance. They just didn’t stick to the game plan we had worked out. We did well in the last quarter, but it was too little too late.”

Uganda’s Most Valued Player, goalkeeper Shaffie Nalwanja, said Uganda had expected a bigger challenge from Namibia.

“But what we really want to do is to beat the Spar Proteas in our final game on Wednesday.”

The Spar Proteas are in the lead of the three-match series by 2-0.

Earlier, the President’s XII bounced back from their defeat at the hands of the Spar Baby Proteas on Sunday to beat the Under-21 side 52-46 in the curtain raiser match. It was the fourth match between the two teams. The President’s XII has won three and the Spar Baby Proteas one.

The Spar Baby Proteas led for the first eight minutes before the President’s XII stepped up a gear and went into the lead, winning the first quarter 15-10.

The Baby Proteas fought back hard and won the second quarter by 12 goals to eight, to trail by just one goal at halftime (23-22).

The match was played at pace, with both sides moving the ball at speed. The Baby Proteas were guilty of some wild passes and also conceded too many penalties. But they never gave up and fought hard until the end.

President’s XII coach Jenny van Dyk was pleased that her team had come back from defeat on Sunday to claim victory on Monday.

Uganda’s Staring 7

Anisha Muhameed (GS), Irene Eyaru (GA), Susan Mamie Mukala (WA), Stella Oyella (C), Prevas Kayeny (WD), Joan Nampungu (GD), Shaffie Nalwanjja (GK)

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