Australia netball team goal defender Sharni Layton praised Malawi Queens for their electric perfomance against New Zealand that fell just short of pulling off the upset of the Netball World Cup on Wednesday in Sydney.
Layton delivered the quote of the night after describing her thoughts on the New Zealand- Malawi game.
“I was watching New Zealand playing Malawi today and I’m now going to call them Ma-wow-ee!
because they’re really having a great time,’’ Layton said.
“I think we’ve just seen some really great netball, and it’s so exciting for netball.”
Malawi tired out the world No.2 Silver Ferns with their relentless defensive pressure, obscenely high passing frequency and a couple of off-the-ball hits, including one particularly brutal one to the back of goal attack Jodi Brown.
The shooting prowess of Mwai Kumwenda brought the sixth-ranked team to within two goals of their opponents during a feisty third quarter before eventually succumbing 57-49.
New Zealand were tested by Kumwenda, scoring 38 goals from 42 attempts.
Kumwenda was full of tricks at the other end, at one stage passing to herself by ricocheting the ball against the goalpost to get a closer shot at goal.
But despite defeat, Malawi performance against New Zealand reinforced the impression that Malawi is a rapidly improving netball nation.
The Queens were mobile through court and also had a lethal shooting duo in ace Kumwenda and goal attack Sindi Simtowe.
In a telephone interview with Nyasa Times from Sydney, Kumwenda insisted the battle will focus on their next game on Friday against Jamaica.
“Our focus is on Jamaica now. We are confident that we will do our best,” said Kumwenda..
Coach Peach Chawinga-Kalua has also said her charges will not surrender.
“It’s not surrender at this stage. God is with us,” she said.
Meanwhile, Australia had a thumping 66-31 victory over South Africa.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :