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Another Poor Show

The Fijian Pearls have lost out in the top eight placing of the 2015 Netball World Cup after losing their second match to Uganda 40-61 yesterday. Head coach Kate Carpenter
09 Aug 2015 10:29
Another Poor  Show
Fijian Pearl Matila Waqanidrola tries to defend against Uganda yesterday.

The Fijian Pearls have lost out in the top eight placing of the 2015 Netball World Cup after losing their second match to Uganda 40-61 yesterday.

Head coach Kate Carpenter said Uganda was a better side.

“It was another disappointing performance against Uganda. It puts us out of the top eight now.

“Uganda was a better side they were consistent, they were patient with the ball causing a lot of turnovers and have high volume of shooters,” Carpenter said.

She said our girls failed to execute the game plan until the final quarter and errors costs them the game.

“Uganda was a tough side and the girls did not stay in the game in the whole four quarters, there were high errors committed which was disappointing.

“The girls did not stick to the game plan,” she added.  Fiji plays Zambia at 5:20pm (Fiji) tomorrow.

“We will need to regroup again before our match against Zambia, its recovery process now for us.

“Fiji and Zambia is now bottom two of the pool and after our match on Monday then we will see who goes up and who goes down,” she said. Despite giving away an average 10cm in height the Ugandan She Cranes came into the match full of confidence after their Day One win while the Fijian Pearls were determined to avenge their narrow defeat to Wales.

The She Cranes displayed consistent performances across the court with goal attack Racheal Nanyonga a shining light up forward proving size it not a factor. Fijian centre Alesi Waqa was a solid contributor and shooter Taraima Mitchell continued her accuracy under post with 90 per cent but was down on volume.

The first quarter was a goal for goal encounter as either side was unable to capitalise on turnovers. The timing and anticipation of the Ugandan defence was a feature with a crucial intercept by Florence Nanyonga providing the She Cranes with momentum late in the quarter to lead 15-12 at the first break.

At the start of the second quarter, Fijian coach Kate Carpenter looked to her bench as Nina Cirikisuva was introduced to wing attack for the substituted Maria Luta. Uganda was able to break the deadlock in the second quarter with some untimely errors under pressure from Fiji and great connections between Ugandan shooters Peace Proscovia and Nanyonga with Uganda leading by 10 goals at half time.

Fiji staged a fightback in the third quarter, bridging the gap to seven before Uganda was again able to convert some precious turnovers on the scoreboard with the She Cranes taking a 45-32 into the final quarter.

Start of the fourth quarter saw star Fijian shooter Taraima Mitchell to the bench only for a brief time as she re-entered the game after an injury timeout to Unouna Afa Rusivakula.  Uganda built on their lead with confidence as they found fluid connections all over the court.

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