Malawi national netball team started the Glasgow Commonwealth Games campaign on a high with a resounding 71-50 victory over Northern Ireland on Thursday.
Malawi overcame their opponents after struggling in the first quarter in which they were kept under pressure in the early stages of the first quarter where they committed a lot of errors from which their opponents took advantage to score baskets.
They managed to win the first quarter 18-14 and opened a massive 17 margin in the second quarter to win 39 against 22 baskets.
The Queens picked up from where they had stopped in the second quarter giving Northern Ireland no breathing space.
Northern Ireland were given no room to score until the sixth minute into the quarter.
Malawi finished the quarter winning 56 against 34 to go into the fourth quarter with no pressure.
In the fourth quarter the Queens coach Mary Waya, a legendary former former national team shooter threw in Jane Chimaliro for Sindi Simtowe who registered a 100 percent shooting rate in the game from the 20 baskets she scored of Malawi’s 56 at the end of the third quarter.
Tina Kamzati was also substituted for Brenda Lwazi as Waya’s charges were assured of the victory in the competition’s opening netball game.
Malawi’s New Zealand based professional Mwawi Kumwenda inspired the team by scoring most of the baekets with only two misses from her attempts.
Malawi face New Zealand on Friday in Pool A, which has also St Lucia, Jamaica and hists Scotland.
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