After a layoff and streamlining of logistics, the premium rugby competition for the ladies returned this past weekend with two games. Entebbe ladies were hosting the defending Champions, Thunderbirds while the Jinja based Black Pearls were hosting Mbale Eagles.
The Entebbe ladies moved from Entebbe SS to a new stadium at Entebbe Works and this was the first game they were playing at this new stadium.
Nerves and rust writ large about the body language of players of both teams in the first half probably because of the long layoff, or because it was wise to study each other’s opponents before executing any game plans.
The second half was a different affair altogether, as the game opened and livened up. Recently voted USPA MVP in the sport of Rugby, Samiya Ayikoru, showed us why the journalists thought she was most outstanding lady when she split the uprights with a drop goal just 3 minutes into the second half for the first points of the game. After that, it was more or less one way traffic with the home side registering three unconverted tries through Sharon Namubiru, Nakalema Agatha and Christine Akello to stretch their lead to 15-03.
Samiya Ayikoru was back on the board again in similar fashion as below, with another drop goal for the reigning champions, Thunderbirds. Mary Kyoita got the visitors a try late on, which wasn’t converted. Too little, too late. The Entebbe ladies held on to their lead and saw out the game, winning 15-11 in the end.
New pitch, and a win. It was a fairy tale start to the new season for Entebbe ladies while the Thunderbirds have their work cut out for them going forward.
Elsewhere, the Mbale Eagles failed to show up in Jinja due to a few circumstances, and the Black Pearls were awarded a walk over. Legends based Black Panthers were not in action and will have to wait until 20th January 2018 when they host Black Pearls in their first game of the season.
Team P W L Pts
1. Black Pearls 1 1 0 5
2. Entebbe Ladies 1 1 0 4
3. Thunderbirds 1 0 1 1
4. Mbale Eagles 1 0 1 0
5.Black Panthers 0 0 0 0