Malawi Queens beats Wales to reach the final stage of play-offs

Malawi Netball Nation team, the Queens have revived hopes of Malawians after proceeding to the play-offs in the on going Netball World Cup which is underway in Australia, Sydney.

Has helped the Queens: Mwayi
Has helped the Queens: Mwayi

This follows Queens’ victory over Wales 71-52 on 15th August, 2015 morning. The first quarter ended with the Queens leading with 17 baskets against 13. Wales seemed to come into the game in the second quarter and by the end of the second quarter, the scores were squared at 32.

As Wales thought it would continue frustrating Malawi, Malawi’s New Zealand based shooter Mwayi Kumwenda and Sindi Simtowe rose to their form and dominated the last two quarters.

The Queens in a game against Sri Lanka
The Queens in a game against Sri Lanka

Malawi Netball Team started this year’s World Cup with a promising play after it had won all preliminary games. The Quens defeated they rivals, South Africa in the opening match. The Queens then went on to register a record of first team to net 100 baskets at netball World Cup after it had taught Sri Lanka a netball lesson with 101 baskets against 18 and went on to defeat Singapore in their closing game of preliminary round.

To fight for position 5: The Queens
To fight for position 5: The Queens

In the qualification stages, the Queens were grouped together with Uganda, New Zealand and Jamaica. Malawi narrowly won against Uganda, a match which gave many Malawians hopes that the Queens would make it into semi-finals. As many Malawians cheered for their team, New Zealand deterioted the Queens’ dream of proceeding to the semi-finals and enede Malawi’s unbeaten record in a second game of qualification stages. Jamaica ended Malawi’s dream of qualifying into the semi-finals in a tactical game which ended 62-63 in favor of Jamaica.

The Malawi Queens were bolstered by the inclusion Mwayi Kumwenda, with the shooter spending the last two years playing for ANZ Championship franchise, the Mainland Tactix.

The Queens will battle it for position in the world with a winner between South Africa and Uganda tomorrow.

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