Saturday, October 8
*England Vs Uganda
She Cranes head coach Fred Mugerwa is pretty much satisfied with his team’s performance displayed in game one against England Roses in Netball International test Series.
With limited number of players, The She Cranes lost 60-51 to England on Wednesday evening at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham.
The She Cranes who made no single change for the entire 60 minutes on Wednesday, managed to bridge the five goals gap created by the hosts in initial stages of the game and went on to win the first half 28-25 before giving away the game in the last quarter.
The shortage of players saw Mugerwa playing Peace Proscovia out of position in Goalkeeper from her natural known Goal shooting position.
Despite the loss, Mugerwa was satisfied with performance, describing it as She Cranes’ best against England and promised to improve more in the next game.
“The performance was one of the best that she Cranes has ever produced against England, especially in the second quarter where we put up our best to lead England by 3 goals at halftime.”
“However, due to a lot of energy used in the first half, so by the last quarters the players were already tired as you well aware that we had few players, just nine and because of that we couldn’t do substitutions where we needed to because we didn’t have anybody on the bench who could play in those positions.
“So that costed us a lot but all in all the performance was good and we are looking forward to improve in the next game.”
The two again face off in two matches at London’s Copper Box Arena this weekend on Saturday 5:30 PM (EAT) and Sunday 3:30 PM (EAT).
The She Cranes trio and debutants in Rossetti Namutebi, Faridah Kadondi and Shakira Nakanyike who didn’t travel with team due to Visa issues, finally joined the team and are a huge boost having landed in London on Thursday.
The She Cranes had a test of four matches against Northern Ireland and Wales where they went ahead to win all of them.
Northern Ireland 31-36 Uganda.
Northern Ireland 34-44 Uganda.
Wales 47-56 Uganda.
Wales 46-64 Uganda.
After England, the She Cranes are expected to extend their UK trip to Scotland before finishing with Mary Nuba’s Loughborough Lightning back in London, next Wednesday.
That means, the She Cranes will have less than a month to prepare for Fast 5 Netball World Series to be hosted by New Zealand in Christchurch, where they are going to meet the World’s top Five.