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Proscovia shoots 48 as Uganda share spoils with PNG

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Proscovia shoots 48 as Uganda share spoils with PNG

She Crane's Peace Proscovia. The national netball team beat Singapore 52-29 Saturday in the final of the Nations Cup. Photo by Ismail Kezaala. 

By Jacinta Odongo

Posted  Wednesday, December 4  2013 at  00:00

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The Ugandan goal attacker is already rated as the tournament’s best player with 92 goals thus far.

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Yesterday's Results:
Uganda 52-52 Papua New Guinea
Singapore 60-43 Sri Lanka
Today:
Singapore vs. Uganda

Multi-faceted Peace Proscovia was once again in the thick of things as Uganda rallied to share the spoils with Papua New Guinea (PNG) 52-52 in the Six Nations Netball Championship in Singapore yesterday.

The She Cranes were on the brink of recording their first loss against the tournament top seeds but Proscovia turned the game on its head to leave Pepes stunned with a one-man demolition show.

Proscovia sunk in 48 goals to dash PNG’s hopes of repairing their already tattered record.

Team PNG, who are the highest ranked team at 17 in the world rankings, had previously won and lost one game apiece. They defeated Sri Lanka and lost to host-nation Singapore 44-43 in a closely contested tie. Against Uganda, PNG found early rhythm and set the pace enroute to taking a good lead right from the first to the third quarter.

But the resilient She Cranes produced an impressive defensive performance in the first few minutes of the final period to cut the Pepes’ lead to five points.

PNG coach Pole Kassman then rung some tactical changes after the interval.

Those changes swung the momentum Papua’s way as they momentarily enjoyed a four-goal advantage. But Proscovia combined with fellow netballer-cum-basketballer Martha Soigi (four goals from eight attempts) to help Uganda glance at victory before finally settling for a stalemate.

Unbeaten Singapore
Today, Uganda face unbeaten hosts Singapore in an afternoon kickoff.

Singapore’s netballers breezed past Asian rivals Sri Lanka 60-43 on yesterday to maintain their perfect start.

Despite facing a side that boast 2.06m Tharjini Sivalingam, who sat out some parts of the match, the Singapore were largely untested throughout the match.

Singapore had also beaten Ireland and 2008 champions Papua New Guinea earlier in the week.

The tournament is held at the Toa Payoh Sports Hall.

odongoj@ug.nationmedia.com