Some of the Results:

Uganda Volleyball Cranes 3 – 0 Donitas  (25-22, 25 -18, 25-22)

Uganda Volleyball Cranes 1 – 3  Veracles (18-25, 18-25, 19-25, 25-22)

Mon, 27th Jan: Uganda Volleyball Cranes 1 – 2 Donitas (25-20, 23-25, 23-25)

When SN Brussels Airlines offered 14 return air tickets to the Uganda National Volleyball Ladies’ team to fly to the Netherlands in Groningen, the writing was surely on the wall, it was well timed offer for the ladies who are preparing for continental qualification phase (to be in Nairobi) of the world championships that will be held in Italy, come September.

Despite the freezing temperatures, the team coached by tacticians Tonny Lakony and Burt Murting has held special training sessions and played a couple of build up games.

After playing close to 4 games already, they are set to play the Orange Nasau on Wednesday and Kroton the following day.

Impressively, the team has put up gallant performances where they have twice lost to Donitas and Veracles 1-3 and 1-3 by 25-20, 23-25, 23-25 and 18-25, 18-25, 19-25, 25-22 respectively. The match against Veracles was incomplete.

The team registered a convincing 3 – 0 victory over local side Donitas by a 25-22, 25-18 and 25 -22 scoreline.

“Surely, this trip is very much beneficial to the girls and hope we do not rest when the team returns to Kampala”, a federation official remarks.

 The Lady Volleyball Cranes have also done Wall Climbing under the close watch of Coach Nikkie and special gym work sessions for stamina, power and endurance.

The team returns on 3rd February 2014 before making final touches on the preparations for the continental show down in Kenya where African nations, Tunisia, Senegal, Mozambique, Cape Verde and Seychelles.

The Top team will qualify for the World Championships after the round robin tournament.

Players in Groningen:

Christine Alupo (Captain), Astreede Agaaba (Assistant Captain),Eunice Nuwabigaba, Milly Laker, Flavia Nandawula, Shilla Omuriwe, Irene Adeke, Saidat Nnungi, , Esther Tumwebaze, Moreen Mwamula, Eunice Amuron, Josephine Nammanda, Farida Namajja,

Officials:

 Peter Tonny Lakony  (Head Coach)  and Bart Munting (Assistant Coach)

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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