Monday, July 31
•Zimbabwe Vs Barbados
•Australia Vs Scotland
•Fiji Vs Malawi
•Wales Vs New Zealand
•Sri Lanka Vs Singapore
•Jamaica Vs Uganda – 5pm
•Tonga Vs England
•South Africa Vs Trinidad& Tobago
- Australia 4
- England 4
- Malawi 2
- Tonga 2
- Scotland 0
- Fiji 0
- New Zealand 4
- Jamaica 4
- Uganda 2
- South Africa 2
- Wales 0
- Trinidad 0
- Sri Lanka
After the conclusion of the first preliminary round, the top three teams from Pool A and B have combined to form Pool F, while the top three teams from Pool C and D have formed Pool G. The teams at the bottom of each Pool have moved to Pool E.
Uganda Women’s National Netball team, the She Cranes, will start her preliminary stage two campaign against Jamaica on Monday at the 2023 Netball World Cup.
The She Cranes will then face Wales on Wednesday before hosts South Africa on Thursday.
Fred Mugerwa’s She Cranes have reached this stage after finishing second in Group D with two wins and a loss against New Zealand.
Uganda put up a commanding show to beat Trinidad and Tobago 74-34 on Sunday.
Per tournament format, the top three teams from Groups A and B have been joined in a new Pool F.
The top three in C and D have now formed a new Group G.
These teams have carried forward the results against the teams they faced in the initial groups.
And will therefore contest three further matches against teams they have yet to play in the Group.
The top two teams from each group (G and F) will qualify for the semi-finals, while there will be classification matches for other nations.
In short, New Zealand, Uganda and Trinidad & Tobago have joined the top three teams in Group C – Jamaica, South Africa and Wales to form a new group.
The She Cranes will not face former group D teammates New Zealand and Trinidad & Tobago despite sharing the same group.
And after all teams have faced off each other, the top two from each of the two groups will qualify for the semis while the rest will play classification matches.
Huge Test Against Jamaica
Jamaica is ranked fourth in World rankings, behind Australia, New Zealand and England.
They are searching for their first Netball World Cup title and are ready to go through anyone who will stand in their way.
The Sunshine Girls have finished third on three occassions in a Netball World Cup – Sydney 1991, Kingston 2003, and Auckland 2007.
They however came fifth at the previous World Cup in 2019 Liverpool.
They have looked ruthless in this ongoing World Cup, topping Group C with three wins from as many matches.
They beat Sri Lanka 105-25, Wales 75-40 before overcoming hosts South Africa 67-49.
And together with New Zealand, Jamaica are favourites to go through from Group G as top two to the semifinals.
They boss with an experienced Goal shooter in Jhaniele Fowler who has been with the National team for the last 13 years!
Shanice Beckford and Rebekah Robinson are the other players to look out for the Caribbean side.
Jamaica beat Uganda 57-39 in these similar second preliminaries at the 2019 Netball World Cup in Liverpool.
It’s also strong to note that Jamaica went all the way to the final of the Commonwealth games last year, before losing to Australia.
It promises to be a tough battle especially in the middle, with Uganda’s best player at the tournament so far Margaret Baagala face off with Jamaica’s Williams Khadijah.
Coach Mugerwa will have a selection headache on who to start between Haniisha Muhameed and Stella Nanfuka, with the former who can also play at Goal-Shooter, showing vast improvement at the back.
How to watch – She Cranes Vs Jamaica will be live on SuperSport Variety 3 and Grandstand.
She Cranes Probable Starting Seven – Mary Nuba (GS), Shadiah Nassanga (GA), Norah Lunkuse (WA), Maggie Baagala (C), Shaffie Nalwanja (WD), Christine Nakitto (GD), Stella Nanfuka (GK)
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