Fast5 NetBall: Malawi record upset victory over England0 Comments

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Posted on 09 Nov 2013 at 12:02pm

Takwonda Lwazi’s victory dance mid-court, even before the final whistle, told the story of the Malawi Queens’ 35-32 upset of the England Fives in the FAST5 Netball World Series in Auckland tonight.

09.11.2013 England's Kadeen Corbin and Malawi's Towela Vinhumbo in action during the England v Malawi netball match at the Fast5 Netball World Series in Auckland. Photo Credit ©Michael Bradley.

09.11.2013 England’s Kadeen Corbin and Malawi’s Towela Vinhumbo in action during the England v Malawi netball match at the Fast5 Netball World Series in Auckland. Photo Credit ©Michael Bradley.

Lwazi, the diminutive Queens centre, stole the ball off England’s attack in the final 20 seconds when only two points separated them. Mwai Kumwenda converted it into a goal at the other end of the court and Lwazi began rolling around on the ground in celebration.

It was Malawi’s first win of the tournament and a just reward for the tourists, who have been on the road for more than a month after touring Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Both teams had come fresh from losses, and were desperate to improve their report cards with a win from this game.

Malawi held a 5-4 advantage after a tight first quarter and took good advantage of their power play in the second stanza.

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The natural understanding between Kumwenda and fellow shooter Jane Chimaliro was on full display as they weaved their way around the English defence and built up a 23-11 lead.

England steadily improved their game in the third quarter and Rachel Dunn’s six point bullet shot the Fives into the lead with two minutes left of their power play.

But the Queens were unfazed, and kept potting away with close range shots to draw ahead 30-28 going into the last period.

The Queens continued to shine with their unorthodox style and long looping passes, but with three minutes to go, England got their act together under the leadership of centre Serena Guthrie.

Only two goals separated them with 20 seconds remaining before Lwazi pounced as England were preparing to shoot.

Yahoo New-Zealand

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