4 Entebbe Sharks players called for 7s national team training

Beatrice Atim, Brenda Kemigisha, Helen Koyokoyo Buteme and Hilda Nyiraguhirwa have all been called up for 7s national team training. Uganda women’s 7s national team (Lady Cranes 7s) is due to travel to Tunisia next month for a Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) tournament. The 4 Sharks are among a 21 woman training squad that will be cut down to 12 next month. Lady Cranes‘ speedster, Regina Athieno, was not available for selection as she will be sitting her A-level exams this year so is focusing on her studies. Helen is the 7s captain while Beatrice is a dependable forward. Brenda and Hilda hope to make it onto the national team for the first time. Good luck to Beatrice, Brenda, Helen and Hilda!

Beatrice Atim in action for Uganda in past tournaments http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr8ZVWx6mK8&list=UUD3_L-VZaIOHyjounyWB3oQ&index=5

Helen Koyokoyo Buteme in action for Uganda in past tournaments http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkFfbn9nWeA&list=UUD3_L-VZaIOHyjounyWB3oQ&index=6

Entebbe Sharks in big win

Entebbe Sharks got their first points of the season with an emphatic 67-0 win over Kyadondo Eagles. The Sharks were hosted by Eagles at Kyadondo Rugby Club on 16th March and by half time had scored 41 points with 2 tries from Beatrice Atim, 1 try each from Helen Buteme, Kate Condon, Immaculate Namuli, Rachel Thompson and Christine Nakamya and 3 conversions from Juliet Nandawula. Sharks let up a bit in the second half and only scored a further 26 points through Beatrice Atim (3 tries) and Helen Buteme (1 try) and Juliet Nandawula (3 conversions) but they still did not allow the Eagles to breach their defence. Unfortunately there are no video highlights for this game. Fantastic team effort from ENTEBBE SHARKS!!! OYE!!!

The team for the day
1. Mauricious Owomugisha
2. Justine Kyohirwe
3. Brenda Kemigisha
4. Faith Namyalo
5. Faith Nakato (Sharon Namubiru)
6. Kate Condon
7. Rachel Thompson
8. Beatrice Atim
9. Hadijah Ndagire
10. Juliet Nandawula
11. Immaculate Namuli
12. Justine Namagembe – Captain
13. Helen Koyokoyo Buteme
14. Christine Nakamya (Marleen Werner)
15. Hilda Nyiraguhirwa
16. Sharon Namubiru (came on at half time for Faith Nakato due to injury)
17. Marleen Werner (came on in the 60th minute for Christine Namkamya)

We finish the first round in 3rd place with 5 points. The league is taking a break as national team preparations for 7s and 15s international engagements begin.

Entebbe Sharks taught a rugby lesson :)

Last weekend, Thunderbirds hosted Entebbe Sharks at Kyadondo Rugby Club. It was always going to be a tough game for the young Sharks as the Thunderbirds boasted 15 Uganda team players in their line up and had a lot of muscle power on their side. Despite being out muscled Sharks gave their all for the entire 80 minutes and were able to put together a couple of good phases of play in attack and once the Sharks got over their nerves the tackles started coming in. Injuries to hard tackling Christine Nakamya, Rachel Thompson and Marlene Werner were a set back to the team during the game but the good news is that they were not major injuries and the players will all be ok for the next game. It was great to see the girls tackling above their weight and their fighting spirit was awesome. The final score was 127-0 to Thunderbirds with the half time score being 62-0. Despite the huge score, valuable lessons were learned during the game and the girls will become stronger. Sharks is looking forward keenly to their next game which will be on 23rd March against the Kyadondo Eagles in Kyadondo. Video highlights of the game against Thunderbirds can be found here http://youtu.be/xZd2tvzfVSU

The team for that day
1. Mauricious Owomugisha
2. Faith Namyalo
3. Faith Nakato
4. Rachel Thompson (Immaculate Namuli)
5. Kate Condon – captain
6. Sharon Namubiru
7. Justine Kyohirwe
8. Brenda Kemigisha
9. Hadijah Ndagire
10. Justine Namagembe (player of the day)
11. Christine Nakamya
12. Helen Buteme
13. Hilda Nyiraguhirwa
14. Peace Lekuru
15. Juliet Nandawula
16. Immaculate Namuli – replaced Rachel Thompson in the first half (due to injury)
17. Marleen Werner (replaced Christine Nakamya in the first half due to injury)

Everyone played well but Justine Namagembe was singled out for her industry in defence and was named player of the day therefore will take over captaincy from Kate Condon for the next game.


Happy womens day!

Our Helen Buteme was interviewed by scrumqueens.com:

„Helen Buteme (Uganda women’s player)
„For women’s rugby in Uganda, I think that the most positive change since I started playing is that we are getting girls into the game younger and their parents are very supportive. We started women’s rugby in Uganda in 2003 and then we mostly had people in their 20s who took up the sport and for most of us our friends and relatives thought that we were crazy. The youngest player that we had at that time was 17 years old and I really envied her all the years of rugby that she had ahead of her. Nowadays, we get girls as young as three- years old holding a rugby ball and running around and I wish I could turn back time. When the young girls understand the concept of passing the ball behind to a team mate they start playing tag rugby, which in Uganda is run by the Tag Rugby Trust, and by the time they turn 12 years old, a good number of the girls have moved onto full contact rugby under the Uganda Women’s Rugby Association and the Uganda Rugby Union. However, rugby is scattered in pockets around the country making it difficult for both age grade and senior competitions to take place due to logistical reasons. Although girls’ and women’s rugby is slowly breaking down barriers and gaining acceptance in Uganda resulting in more young girls and women playing the sport our biggest challenge is retaining these players in the game. Rugby is a minority sport in Uganda, so we do not have the finances to hold regular local competitions to keep girls and women interested in playing rugby and also for the Uganda national team to travel regularly for international 7s tournaments or 15 aside games. Although we have lots of talented rugby players in Uganda, we need more local games widespread throughout the country from age grade to senior level as well as international competitions/games and technical assistance to keep us within reach of the world’s best teams and this can only be possible with increased funding coming to women’s rugby.“"


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