2015 Netball Diamond Challenge Tournament:

Thursday, 18th June 2015 Results:

  • 1st Game:  Malawi 60-34 Zambia
  • 2nd Game: South Africa 56-39 Uganda

Uganda She Cranes lost 56-39 in their second game to South Africa, at the 2015 Diamond Challenge Netball tournament over Zambia played at the Ugu Sports Centre Margate KZN arena in Durban South Africa on Thursday night.

South Africa led throughout the four quarters of action watched by a lively crowd.

The host team opened up a 6-15 lead by the first quarter of action and had doubled the lead to 18-27 by half time.

By the end of the third quarter, South Africa’s victory was a clear writing on the wall as they led 42-28 and capped the evening with a 56-39 scoreline by the close of the game.

Team captain, Msomi Bongi, Maryka Holtz and  goal keeper, Phumza Maweni had a great evening at office.

Maweni, a teammate to  Uganda’s captain, Peace Proscovia at Loughbourgh Lightening in England won the player of the day accolade.

The Thursday night game followed Uganda’s first 40-51 loss to Malawi on Tuesday before rallying back to win 59-36 in the second game against Zambia on Wednesday.

South Africa now makes it three out of three in the group stages.

In the earlier match played on the day, Malawi Queens beat Zambia 60-34 in a one sided encounter.

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 climaxes on Friday where South Africa and will play Malawi in the finals on Friday as Uganda takes on Zambia in the third place play off.

The She Cranes will thereafter proceed to Namibia for the June 27 to July 4 Africa Netball Championships in Windhoek.

All Match Results:

Tuesday, 16th June 2015:

  • 1st Game: Malawi 51-40 Uganda
  • 2nd Game: South Africa 63-38 Zambia
  • Wednesday, 17th June 2015 Results: 1st Game: Malawi 33-43 South Africa and 2nd Game: Zambia 36-59 Uganda

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

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