She Cranes – no gold medal but still champions
SHE CRANES’ RESULTS IN CAPE TOWN
PRELIMINARY STAGE ONE
POOL D RESULTS
Uganda 74-34 Trinidad & Tobago
Uganda 44-54 New Zealand
Uganda 79-37 Singapore
PRELIMINARY STAGE TWO
POOL G RESULTS
Uganda 49-61 Jamaica
Uganda 73-56 Wales
Uganda 50-52 South Africa
Uganda 57-46 Malawi
5TH PLACE PLAY-OFF
Uganda 49-47 South Africa
The final whistle at the fifth place qualification match between South Africa and Uganda at the Netball World in Cape Town saw lots of jubilation by both the players on court as well as the backroom staff.
The She Cranes, under the lights of the Arena 1 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre were celebrating a narrow yet massive 49-47 victory over the 16th Netball World Cup hosts South Africa.
This was what Uganda had always been aiming for, downing South Africa who had for long dominated African netball. This was the second time the She Cranes were beating South Africa’s Spar Proteas in a space of 12 months, the most recent one being the 54-48 win in August 2022 at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
At the World Cup, Uganda became the first African team to record a victory, cruising to a comfortable 79-37 win over Singapore in their opening Group D match.
The She Cranes were playing at their fourth Netball World Cup while Singapore at their 11th, but this was the first time the two sides were meeting on the World Cup stage.
The She Cranes could later fall to world giants New Zealand 54-44, before registering a 74-34 victory against Trinidad and Tobago to finish second behind leaders New Zealand in the preliminary group D.
The first three in group D progressed to another group ‘G’ where they were pitted alongside the top three from the first preliminary group C.
In this group, the She Cranes lost to Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls 61-49, beat Wales 73-56 before being edged by hosts South Africa 52-50 to book a date with fellow African giants Malawi.
Jamaica and New Zealand who emerged first and second progressed to the semi-finals.
The She Cranes defeated Malawi in the fifth to eighth placement fixture to book a re-match with hosts South Africa in their final Netball World Cup game.
The 49-47 win against South Africa was Uganda’s final tie at the World Cup and it helped the She Cranes finish fifth at the World Cup and first among the African countries that took part at the tournament.
This overwhelming performance is expected to lift Uganda who are currently eighth ranked in the world to a better placement when the International Netball Federation assesses the netball playing nations.
On their return to Uganda, the team was treated to a sumptuous dinner by the government at Serena Hotel in Kampala before they returned to their respective homes.
The She Cranes are now looking forward to the Africa Netball Championships that are due to start in September.