2015 Netball Diamond Challenge Tournament:
Wednesday, 17th June 2015 Results:
- 1st Game: Malawi 33-43 South Africa
- 2nd Game: Zambia 36-59 Uganda
The Uganda She Cranes registered their first victory of the 2015 Diamond Challenge Netball tournament over Zambia played at the Ugu Sports Centre Margate KZN arena in Durban South Africa on Wednesday night.
After falling 51-40 to the world’s 5 in the opener on Tuesday, Uganda made a remarkable comeback to defeat Zambia 59-36.
The Fred Mugerwa coached side led 14-8 in the opening quarter before ending the half time with a 7 points lead, with a 20-27 scoreline.
Sharp shooter and She Cranes skipper, Peace Proscovia, who plies her professional trade with English side, Lightening Lough-borough, had a bulk of 16 goals on Uganda’s lion share by the mandatory half time recess.
By the end of the third quarter, Uganda led 45-29 and capped off with a 23 points difference to win 59-36.
Rachael Nanyonga was voted the most outstanding player on the night and pocketed R3000 (shs 800,000) cash prize.
In the earlier match of the day, home side South Africa, sitted 6th on the global netball rankings, picked their second victory of the campaign, winning 43-33.
The Malawi Queens who had overcome the She Cranes 51-40 in their first victory were on the receiving end for long spells of the game.
Coach, Norma Plummer handed Sibiya Nokubonga her second cap and led from set one to the final whistle.
South Africa led 13-9, 22-16, 33-24 and 43-33 in the four respective quarters of the game.
Malawi’s wing defender, Grace Mwafulirwa had a scary moment with an injury but she finished the game with no complaints.
The host team’s stalwart goal keeper, Adele Niemand won the player of the match accolade earn the R3000 (shs 800,000) cash reward.
The Diamond Challenge is a competition featuring Africa’s representatives at the August 7-16 Netball World Cup in Sydney, Australia.
The build-up competition features Malawi, Zambia, Uganda and hosts South Africa.
The She Cranes will thereafter proceed to Namibia for the June 27 to July 4 Africa Netball Championships in Windhoek.
The matches continue on Thursday with Uganda taking on South Africa and Zambia playing Malawi.
Tuesday, 16th June 2015 Results:
Malawi 51-40 Uganda
South Africa 63-38 Zambia