In their penultimate game of the group stages, Team England will face a tough test against the Uganda She Cranes.
The She Cranes are currently ranked sixth in the world, and although they only made their Commonwealth Games debut in 2018 at the Gold Coast, they have quickly become a force to be reckoned with in international netball.
They finished sixth at the 2018 Games overall, losing out in their classification match against South Africa.
Uganda have started their 2022 Games campaign strongly; only narrowly losing out to world number two side New Zealand in their first match and dominating against rivals Trinidad and Tobago to win 62-28.
After Tuesday’s game, there’ll be more live netball between England and Uganda this October in Nottingham and London – you can buy tickets here.
How to Watch:
Date: Tuesday 2 August
First centre pass: 6pm
Where to watch online: BBC iPlayer
Where to watch with your teammates: England Netball, South London’s iconic Pop Brixton and popular pub chain, The Botanist in Birmingham, Alderley Edge and West Bridgford, Nottingham, are working together to create a series of designated ‘screening hubs’ where fans can come together, watch the sold-out games and enjoy the tournament as it unfolds. Grab your teammates and find out how to book here.
Last Five Meetings:
|Date||Competition||Result (for England)|
|2019 World Cup||64-32|
|2018 Commonwealth Games||55-49|
View From Inside the England Camp
Jade Clarke: “I think we’ll have to switch mindsets back to that Ugandan style. We watched them against New Zealand and they were really good at just keeping hold of the ball so we’ll have to try a few new things up our sleeves in defence to try and win that ball early. We’ve got massive targets in our goal shooters too.”
Natalie Metcalf: “Uganda have been playing some beautiful netball so it’s about us trying to break down their game. They’ve got such a target at the back so it’s about us looking at our game plan and how to shut that down.”
Ones to Watch
Captain – Proscovia Peace
Flag bearer for Uganda and Vitality Netball Superleague team Surrey Storm star shooter Proscovia Peace is certainly one to watch throughout the tournament. She finished top of the league for goals, scoring a mammoth 853 throughout the season at an outstanding 94.15% accuracy. Peace has had a glittering domestic netball career so far, previously playing for both Loughborough Lightning and in the Super Netball League in Australia for Sunshine Coast Lightning.
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— Uganda Netball Federation Official (@UgandaNetball) July 29, 2022
Cholhok has had another outstanding season with UK-based team Loughborough Lightning, narrowly missing out on historic back-to-back title wins for the club. Though Cholhok’s domestic season has been disrupted by injury, in her first two games of this tournament, she has shown characteristic strength and accuracy under pressure, scoring 47 goals for her national side so far. Key to look out for with Cholhok: accurate shooting, strong holds and trademark ‘lay-up’ style shots.
Uganda full squad:
Jessica Achan, Margaret Bagaala, Mary Cholhok Nuba, Irene Eyaru, Norah Lankuse, Hanisha Muhameed, Sandra Nambirige, Shaffie Nalwanja, Joan Nampungu, Shadia Nassanga, Stella Oyella, Proscovia Peace (Captain). Coach: Fred Mugerwa.
Here’s a guide to the competition, including how you can follow all the action.
If you’re new to our sport and want to have a go yourself, we have programmes for everyone aged 5 to 95 from Bee Netball for children, to Back to Netball for those returning, to Walking Netball, a slower version of the game we love. Through the netball finder on our homepage, simply select play and enter your postcode and you’ll find a variety of sessions in your area.
Loved being in the crowd or watching from home? There’s more live netball coming your way in England this October – book tickets now.