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Malawi Queens thrash Northern Ireland in C’Wealth Games netball opener

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Malawi national netball team thrashed Northern Ireland 71-50 in the opening of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games netball on Thursday.

Malawi struggled 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 won the first quarter 18-14 and opened a 17 basketball 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.

The Queens kept on netting baskets for  six minutes of the quarter before Northern Ireland whad managed any of the quarter.

Malawi finished the quarter winning 56 against 34 to go into the fourth quarter with no pressure.

Queens coach Mary Waya, a legendary former national team shooter, threw in Jane Chimaliro for shooter 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, who partnered Simtowe for the first three quarters of the game, inspired the team by scoring most of the baskets 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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