Netball: Prisons End NIC Title Defence Hopes

Wednesday, April 26
*NIC 42-50 Prisons
*UCU 51-52 KCCA
*Weyonje 44-32 African Renewal
*Police 34-40 Weyonje

League top 4:

  1. KCCA – 37
  2. Prisons – 36
  3. NIC – 34
  4. Weyonje – 29

Prisons beat record and defending Champions NIC in a highly anticipated Netball Super League thriller at Kamokya TLC.

Both sides came into Wednesday’s penultimate league action with winnning as the only option to keep their title chances alive.

With one match-day now to go this Saturday, NIC find themselves in third position and three points behind leaders KCCA.

Prisons moved to second place with just a point behind KCCA, and the two sides will meet on Saturday in a title decider!

Leaders KCCA narrowly survived UCU on Wednesday afternoon, to maintain their grip on the log with 37 points.

The game lived to its expectation, with high intensity, and it proved to be an end-to-end affair as the teams headed into half time break.

Prisons went into halftime leading NIC by just a goal, on 24-25.

But NIC will have the misfired substitutions partly to blame thereafter.

The start of the third quarter saw NIC switch Racheal Nanyonga to Wing Attack from her natural position of Goal Attacker which was then occupied by a less physical and shorter Victor Nantumbwe.

The introduction of Nantumbwe in GA and Florence Aduniya in GD by NIC, both off the bench, helped Prisons who capitalized on that to build a ten-goal cushion.

Nantumbwe struggled to find the rhythm and made a couple of blind passes and also missed goal chances which Prisons won as rebounds to pull away, with the help of their sharp shooter Christine Namulumba who was on fire.

NIC Goal Defender Nasim Mutesi who had partnered well with Privas Kanyenyi was interchanged with Florence Aduniya who also struggled.

Things got uglier for NIC which worked in Prisons favour when senior player Rachael Nanyonga pulled off the pitch after a glitch around her knee as Prisons led after the third quarter 32-40.

In the last quarter, NIC reintroduced Nanyonga back to GA and Mutesi back to GD as Prisons remained to their initial starting 7s, and it was little too late for NIC to crawl back as the game ended 42-50 in Prisons favour.

Last Day of the Season

Saturday, April 29 (Kamwokya)
•Busia Greater Lions Vs M life Sport
•UPDF Vs Africa Renewal
•UCU Vs Police
•Weyonje Vs NIC
•KCCA Vs Prisons

Lineups Used

NIC – Florence Aduniya-WD(GD), Margret Bagala-C, Privas Kanyenyi-GK, Nasiim Mutesi-GD, Sarah Nakiyunga-WD, Reache Nanyonga-GA, Zam Seera-GS.

Subs – Penelop Amiya, Shifah Nalukenge, Fildauce Namulema, Victor Nantumbwe.

Prisons – Lilian Ajio-GD, Malisera Akello-WA, Viola Asingo-WD, Joyce Nakibuule-C, Christine Namulumba-GS, Stella Nanfuka-GK, Dorothy Tabia-GA

Subs – Sylvia Nanyonga, Sandra Namutebi, Juliet Nakafeero, Tausi Mumena, Janet Adong

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