Despite failing to progress into the semi-finals, Malawi Queens claimed fifth spot at the FAST5 Netball World Series after clobbering England 34-32 at Auckland’s Vector Arena on finals day in the play-off for fifth.
Malawi had found England an easy prey in the tournament and beaten them twice in the tournament.
England have never beaten Malawi at FAST5 and that trend continued when the Queens enjoying strong crowd support as they showcased their full range of flamboyance and aerial skills.
Star power behind Malawi Queens shooter Mwai Kumwenda said she was rapt to notch up her team’s second win of the tournament – repeating its round-robin victory over England.
“We’re so excited about this game because we lost four games and this is our second game to win. I’m happy for the girls and we played very well,” she said.
“We’ve had a good time in New Zealand and we enjoy this because it’s hard competition … it was tough out on court today.”
A clearly delighted Malawi outfit exited the stadium for the final time in 2013 to a standing ovation.
In the final, New Zealand were in a class of their own to despatch Australia 56-27 to win the FAST5 Netball World Series in Auckland on Sunday.