The inaugural wood ball league that has been running at Namboole National Stadium ended Saturday with Ndejje University and Botladz Woodball Clubs topping the women’s and men’s categories respectively hence walking away with the first trophies in this show piece.
This year’s league, the first of its kind, was funded by Buganda Land Board whose team has also been part of the competition.
Ndejje University ladies linked their victory to hard work. The Onesmus Atamba coached side managed to win the trophy in absence of Joan Mukoova, their most fancied player, Uganda’s second seed in the game, who played for the Ndejje Cooperates after graduating from the university.
“We had to utilize the available players, train hard hence the victory,” Atamba said.
Meanwhile, Franco Kibuule Botladz captain attributed their big victory to the team’s consistent wins in small contests in the league build-up.
“Though we have been small in number, we really tried working hard and consistently winning games in the league that has greatly paid off," he said.
Paul Mark Kayongo, president Uganda Woodball Federation applauded the participating teams and vowed to sell the league idea to other woodball playing nations.
He said: "Woodball is still a budding game but since we have started a league in Uganda, other nations will be inspired to do the same.”