Uganda national netball team

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Uganda
Nickname(s) The She-Cranes
Association Uganda Netball Federation
Confederation Confederation of African Netball Associations
Head coach Rashid Mubiru
Captain Peace Proscovia
Top scorer Peace Proscovia
INF ranking 13
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World Championships
Appearances 2 (Debuted in 1979)
2015 placing 8th
Best result 8th (2015)

The Uganda national netball team represent Uganda in international netball. In line with other women's representative sports teams in Uganda, the netball team are known as the "She-Cranes". Based on matches up to 23 October 2016, Uganda have a rating in the INF World Rankings of 13.[1] On September 18, 2014, they qualified for the 2015 Netball World Cup after victory over Swaziland.[2] The Head Coach of the team is Mugerwa Fred Tabale.[3]

Uganda won the Nations Cup 2013 tournament, held in Singapore's Toa Payoh Sports Hall.[4]

Tournament results

2 Dec Uganda 52 Ireland 41
3 Dec Uganda 52 Papua New Guinea 52
4 Dec Uganda 60 Singapore 32
6 Dec Uganda 75 Sri Lanka 38
7 Dec Uganda 52 Singapore 29

History[edit]

2015 World Cup[edit]

Uganda qualified through to the World Cup after qualifying through the African system where they defeated Zimbabwe, Zambia, Swaziland and Botswana along the way to finish on top of Africa and making it through to their first World Cup since the 5th edition which was held in Trinidad and Tobago.[5] During the tournament, they struggled financially with members of the team some times lacking fresh water during the matches. After qualifying through to the World Cup, they continued to have financial problems where they was given 540 billion shillings ($220,000) instead of the 1.8 billion shillings that they had requested and did get some fundraising events cancelled from higher up.[6] Before heading over to Australia, they were warned not to disappear after two cricketers vanished during a Cricket World Cup qualifying tournament held in 2007 in Australia.[7]

Uganda were drawn in Group D which had consisted of Fiji, Zambia and Wales. The opening game of the tournament for the team was up against Zambia in which Uganda got off to a flying start when they won 74-38 to record their biggest margin for the team in a World Cup with the captain of the squad Peace Proscovia scoring fifty-six goals in the victory.[8] The next opponent was up against Fiji and Uganda led all of the quarters in the game with Peace Proscovia being the top goalscorer with thirty-seven goals to give Uganda a 61-40 victory.[9] The final match of the group stage saw them take on fellow unbeaten team in Wales and for Uganda, they had their first lost of the campaign with Wales coming back from four goals down at three quarter time to get a two point victory with Peace Proscovia being top goalscorer for Uganda with twenty six.[10]

With Uganda getting through to the top eight on the back of two wins, they got drawn to play against fellow African team Malawi, New Zealand and Jamaica in Pool E.[11] Despite the team fast finish in the final quarter of their first game against Malawi, they would end up losing the match 59-53 in what would be their closest match of the qualification round.[12] The next two matches would see Uganda being outplayed as they lost to Jamaica by twelve goals [13] before being smashed by New Zealand for a 43 goal margin after they elected to not go with their regular starting lineup.[14]

Uganda would finish in eighth place after they would lose their final two matches after losing to South Africa before a rematch with Wales saw the team lose by nineteen goals with Peace Proscovia being the top goalscorer of the match with thirty-one goals.[15]

Competitive record[edit]

Netball World Cup
Year Championship Location Placing
1979 5th World Championships Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago =13th
1983 6th World Championships Singapore DNQ
1987 7th World Championships Glasgow, Scotland DNQ
1991 8th World Championships Sydney, Australia DNQ
1995 9th World Championships Birmingham, England DNQ
1999 10th World Championships Christchurch, New Zealand DNQ
2003 11th World Championships Kingston, Jamaica DNQ
2007 12th World Championships Auckland, New Zealand DNQ
2011 13th World Championships Singapore DNQ
2015 14th World Cup Sydney, Australia 8th

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ World Rankings
  2. ^ http://www.kawowo.com/index.php/others/netball/item/19173-uganda-into-netball-worldcup-after-beating-swaziland.html
  3. ^ Nations Cup 2013 telecast
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Uganda qualifies for Netball World Cup". Sydney Morning Herald. 19 September 2014. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "Netball World Cup 2015: Under-funded Uganda hope to defy odds and challenge for medal". Fox Sports Australia. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "Netball World Cup: Uganda players warned not to 'disappear' during August campaign". ABC Australia. 28 January 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "Uganda’s Proscovia stars in historic win". 7 August 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  9. ^ "Uganda continue winning run against Fiji". 8 August 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  10. ^ "Wales tops Pool D". 10 August 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  11. ^ "Preview Day 5: Pool E". 10 August 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  12. ^ "Malawi hold out fast finishing She Cranes". 11 August 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  13. ^ "Sunshine Girls edge out Uganda". 13 August 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2017. 
  14. ^ "Silver Ferns undefeated heading to Semi-Finals". 14 August 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2017. 
  15. ^ "Wales claim 7th spot with win over She Cranes". 16 August 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2017.