Day three of the 2019 Africa Netball Cup saw Lesotho take on Uganda. Lesotho went into the game having lost their two opening matches conceding 190 goals and only scoring 34, whereas Uganda had won their two opening games.
Uganda seemed to continue with their dominance and wanted a clean sweep. They led the match from the first whistle. They used their height advantage against that of the shorter Lesotho players. The match ended 98 -24 in favour of Uganda who are now unbeaten in three games and Lesotho winless in as many games.
The second match of the day saw Zimbabwe take on Kenya. Zimbabwe are yet to win a game in this tournament after they forfeited their opening match against Uganda on the first day and lost against South Africa on the second day. Zimbabwe were eager to redeem themselves and they took the game 39 -14 at half time. Zimbabwe claimed their first win 68 -35 against Kenya.
Zambia faced off against Malawi for the third game of the day and it was Malawi who took the lead 16 – 12 at the end of the first quarter. This fiercely and closely contested encounter saw Malawi emerge as victors winning 70 -42.
South Africa and Uganda’s Match the Game of the Day
The match of the day was between the world’s number five taking on number six. Both teams did very well at the 2019 Netball World Cup in Liverpool. South Africa took to centre court to face Uganda in what was pitted to be the match of the tournament. This contest would be a closely contested one.
Izette Griesel came into this game to play her 50th cap for the SPAR Proteas and she was very instrumental in the middle of the court. It was South Africa that went into the break leading 12 -11. The second quarter started like a house on fire with Uganda taking the game to South Africa and levelling matters immediately after the whistle had gone off. The Proteas didn’t sit back at all and pushed hard to retain and extend their lead. It was South Africa that pushed very hard in the second quarter and went into the break leading 26 -21.
The game lived up to expectations and was very physical. Both teams left everything on the court and challenged for every ball, however it was South Africa that enjoyed the lead for the better part of the quarter, Uganda though challenged South Africa and managed to reduce their five-point lead to a single point. The SPAR Proteas went in the break leading 37 -36.
As it has been the norm, Uganda came back from the break and charged at the Proteas in an effort to try and snatch their lead away from them, however it was both the attack and defence of South Africa that stood the test of time, at the end the Proteas won the game 50 -47 making it four out of four in three days.
The final game of the day saw the ladies from the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho take on Zimbabwe. Lesotho have lost their three opening games and Zimbabwe on the other end have managed only one win and two losses.
Zimbabwe exerted a lot of pressure on Lesotho from the word go and this became order of the day, with Zimbabwe winning the game 79 -22
Fixtures – Monday, 21 October 2019:
10:00 – Uganda vs Malawi
12:00 – South Africa vs Kenya
14:00 – Zimbabwe vs Zambia
16:00 Lesotho vs Malawi
Photo 1 Caption: SPAR Proteas’ Izette Griesel earned her 50th cap for the South African netball national team as the home side beat Uganda 50-47 in the 2019 African Netball Cup at the Bellville Velodrome on Sunday, 20 October 2019. Photo: Supplied.
With editing by gsport