By Morris Rawal
Wednesday, 14th December
KCCA 48-46 Police
Prisons 50-54 NIC
Luweero 46-44 Africa Renewal University
Weyonje 60-00 Mutelx Life Sport (Walkover)
Posta 31-48 Luweero
National Insurance Company (NIC), the league’s defending champion, defeated Prisons 54-50 in Kamokya to take second in the league’s opening round.
It was also NIC’s first victory after losing to Makindye Weyonje in their last match, which was their second loss of the season after losing to league leaders KCCA earlier.
For the defending champions who went undefeated to win the league last season, this opening round has been atypical in business terms.
With a victory, NIC would have passed Prisons, who had a chance to catch leaders KCCA after narrowly losing to them in their last game before this second loss.
NIC and Prisons are tied on points (18), but NIC has reverted to second place on goal differential advantage (235 vs. 184 for Prisons).
At the same venue,, KCCA Netball Club narrowly defeated Police 48-46 to survive a scare at the conclusion of the first round.
The Kasasiro girls finished the league’s first round with a four-point lead at the top of the log with 22 points and an undefeated record after winning all eleven of their games.
Following a 48-45 victory against their rival Prisons last Saturday, KCCA put up a solid effort that saw them capture the opening three quarters.
Police, however, came close to stealing the victory after turning in an unexpected effort in the last period in which they reduced the nine-goal deficit to two.