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Woe for Northern Ireland’s netballers as Uganda defeat rules out a top eight finish

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Michelle Magee was Northern Ireland's outstanding performer against Uganda

Michelle Magee was Northern Ireland's outstanding performer against Uganda

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Michelle Magee was Northern Ireland's outstanding performer against Uganda

Northern Ireland’s netballers will have to lift themselves for this afternoon’s final group game against Trinidad and Tobago (2pm) after a deflating loss to Uganda yesterday.

Being beaten 63-26 means the Warriors cannot now emulate the top eight placings achieved at their two previous Commonwealth Games.

If Elaine Rice’s side bounce back with victory over the Caribbean country today, it will set up a showdown with old rivals Scotland in a play-off for ninth place tomorrow.

However, winning will require significant improvement from yesterday’s display, which proved to be Northern Ireland’s most disappointing performance of the tournament so far.

A notable exception was Michelle Magee who managed to come up with 11 of her team’s total of 15 turnovers, despite giving away eight inches in height to Mary Cholhok.

With Uganda captain Proscovia Peace not taking the court after suffering an injury against England the evening before, the 6’7” Cholhok played the full match at goal shooter.

But Loughborough Lightning’s giant goal machine certainly didn’t have it all her own way against pumped-up Leeds Rhinos star Magee.

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Creating chances at the other end proved problematic for the Warriors though, and they trailed 11-5 at the first interval even though they only missed only one shot in the 15 minutes.

Trailing 28-11 at half-time, Northern Ireland never looked like turning the tide in spite of continued defiance from Magee.


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