While both teams remain in contention to finish fifth in the competition, this result means that Jamaica play Zimbabwe and Uganda face Malawi to qualify for that fifth-place play-off.
Fans hoping to see a battle between two of the world’s best goal shooters – Fowler and the She Cranes’ Peace Proscovia – will have been disappointed as Proscovia was left on the bench and Stella Oyella started under the posts.
It was, naturally, Fowler who opened the scoring, as Jamaica surged into an early lead. Oyella got off the mark as Uganda trailed 4-2, and she was in the thick of the action as her side levelled proceedings up at 6-6.
A sudden burst by Jamaica then saw them establish a three-goal advantage – a margin which they pushed out further to lead 13-9 at the end of the first quarter.
Fowler continued her impressive form in front of goal in the second corner, profiting from a Stacian Facey interception to help extend the lead to six.
The Ugandan contingent in the crowd then got their wish as Proscovia entered the court, and she was immediately on the score sheet to make the score 18-10.
When Lillian Ajio’s bounce pass was grabbed by a yellow vest the lead when out to 10, with Fowler remaining the only Jamaican to have had a shot. It was the Sunshine Girls’ goal number 29 which finally brought a different name to the scoresheet, with Romelda Aiken netting.
With 14 goals now the difference, Uganda were having difficulty in picking out their star forward. When she had the chance, Oyella missed, but there were no such mistakes from Fowler, who took the score out to 34-18.
Shanice Beckford came on for the Jamaicans and unlike Aiken, made her presence immediately count on the scoreboard. Oyella fumbled a bounce pass and Jamaica entered the changing rooms at half time with a healthy 35-20 lead.
Jamaica wasted their first centre pass of the second half, allowing Racheal Nanyonga and Proscovia reducing the deficit by two. The mini Ugandan revival was followed by more good news for the She Cranes, as Fowler was substituted. Unfortunately for Uganda, she’d already done the damage, netting 38 times from 39 attempts.
Proscovia brought up Uganda’s 30th goal with a shot that took and age to drop, and an improved quarter from the She Cranes saw them lose the 15-minute spell by just two, meaning that Jamaica’s overall lead was 51-34.
A looped pass early in the fourth quarter saw Jamaica extend their lead to 53-34. However this would turn out to be the Ugandans’ best quarter of the game, with Proscovia maintaining her 100% record as she helped bring down the Sunshine Girls’ winning margin, as the match finished at 61-48.
Tomorrow, Jamaica they face another African side in Malawi, while Uganda face Zimbabwe as all four teams try to keep alive hopes of a top-five finish.
Uganda’s Peace Proscovia said:
“It’s definitely not the result we wanted, but there were lots of positives to take. With Uganda still being an up-and-coming country in netball, we are pleased with our performance – it is a step up.”