USA's Goal Shooter Serevi with the ball as Uganda's Goal Keeper Nalwanga Shaffie looks on | 2018 World University Netball Championship | © JOHN BATANUDDE

Hosts Uganda and South Africa opened their accounts of the 2018 World University Championship with heavy wins against United States of America (USA) on day one at newly constructed Makerere University Arena.

USA’s Serevi with the ball as Uganda’s Nalwanga Shaffie looks on | 2018 World University Netball Championship | © JOHN BATANUDDE

South Africa and USA took the honors to play the opening game of the tournament under the morning sun-rays.

The Africans led through all the quarters; 30-02, 60-02, 88-04 and 115-02 respectively to claim a dominant win.

USA and South Africa teams greet each other just before their game at Makerere Arena

In the second game of the day, Zimbabwe overcame Sri Lanka 44-31. The first quarter was quite close and former emerged top with just a one point margin (07-06).

Sri Lanka chased the game further, 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarters ending 19-12, 30-23, 44-31 in favour of the South African country.

Sinhalese University Netball Players 

In the third encounter, Kenya and Singapore had it go down the wire. The thrill and excitement got fans on their feet at several occasions. 

The fourth quarter at the very end was so close that it was within one point however the hosts neighbors – Kenya didn’t live to celebrate a victorious end.

Action between Kenya and Singapore in the third game of the day at Makerere Arena

Uganda obliterated USA in the last game of the day, the latter suffering another heavy defeat synonymous with the opener.

The Pearl buoyed by fans and students displayed utter supremacy claiming all the quarters 25-03, 50-09, 78-14 and 102-16. It was the second biggest points margin, unfortunately against USA.

Games resume Tuesday 17th September, with hosts – Uganda opening against arch-rivals Kenya at 10:00am.

South Africa will battle Sri Lanka thereafter at midday before Zimbabwe tussle USA at 2:00pm.

Uganda will return to the fray to face Singapore at 4:00pm before the day two’s last action between South Africa and Kenya at 6:00pm.

Deputy Editor at Kawowo Sports. He is an aspiring Sport Psychologist.

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