Commonwealth Games 2022 (Netball) – Group B:
- Uganda 40-53 New Zealand
The Uganda netball national team (She Cranes) started their 2022 Commonwealth Games campaign on a wrong footing, falling 40-53 to world champions New Zealand in a Group B duel on Saturday night.
Christened as the Silver Ferns, New Zealand were dominant from start to finish, winning all four quarters of the game.
New Zealand won the opening quarter 14-11 and extended the lead to 31-18 by halftime, thanks to the shooting prowess of Grace Nweke (Goal scorer) and Rickit Selby (Goal-attacker).
Captain Peace Proscovia then paved way for another towering figure in Mary Nuba Cholhok who scored a decent 19 goals in the remaining two quarters.
New Zealand established a 10-goal margin by the end of the third quarter, leading 39-29, and eventually won the game 53-40.
Irene Eyaru, a goal attacker, impressed with 16 goals to her name.
Uganda will also face the hosts and defending champions England, Trinidad and Tobago, Malawi as well as Northern Ireland in the other group duels.
Uganda She Cranes Team against New Zealand:
GK – Shafie Nalwanja
GD – Joan Nampuungu
WD – Sandra Nambirige
C – Jesca Achan
WA – Stella Oyella
GA – Irene Eyalu
GS – Peace Procsovia
Mary Nuba, Margret Baagala, Norah Lunkuse, Hanisha Muhammed, Nassanga Shadia.