Netball: South Africa ejects She Cranes ejected from Commonwealth

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The She Cranes Netball side who were yesterday ejected from the medal bracket contention, have finished sixth at the ongoing Commonwealth Games after falling to a 53-42 loss at the hands of South Africa, today morning .

The two African sides both finished third in their respective groups in the preliminary rounds; Uganda in pool B and South Africa in pool A.

Both were out to battle for the fifth or sixth place at the tournament.

Although the She Cranes had bowed out of the medal contention bracket with respect by crushing Scotland 57-37, Africa’s number one nation, failed to defeat South Africa far much better facilitated, well taken care of opponents as they out classed the East African giants and representatives in Australia.

The SPAR proteas from start stormed to a 13-9 first quarter lead , then the She Cranes fired back, taking the second phase 13-11.

After intermission, the two sides put up an extremely entertaining and an eye-catching display as both sides fought tooth and nail to win the quarter but unfortunately, South Africa narrowly took it with a 15-13 margin.

And in the final quarter, South Africa cemented their place with a 14-7 compounding of the She Cranes who had visibly dropped their guard taking the overall victory.

Stella Oyella, a goal attacker top scored for the She Cranes with 22 goals off 25 chances while team skipper Peace Proscovia netted all her 19 chances.

For Rachael Nanyonga who starred against Scotland yesterday, she only managed one goal out of her four chances.

Ine-Mari Venter and Markya Holtzhausen were in fine form under the hook as they scored 42 and 11 goals respectively.

The defeat marked the end of the road for the She Cranes who made their first ever appearance at the Commonwealth Games.

Uganda’s results at the Games

South Africa 53-42 Uganda.
Uganda 57-37 Scotland
Uganda 76-40 Wales
Uganda 51-64 New Zealand
Uganda 54-52 Malawi
Uganda 49-55 England.

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