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Flyers remain undefeated with victory over Malawi
The Australian Fast5 Flyers remain undefeated at the 2013 Fast5 Netball World Series after holding on to beat the Malawi Queensland 42-37 at Vector Arena, Auckland, on Friday.
The Flyers backed up a record-breaking victory over England earlier in the afternoon with a second win on the opening day of the three-day tournament, which features modified rules.
Both sides took advantage of the multiple point scoring zones throughout the match as Flyers co-captain Susan Pratley and Malawi’s Mwayi Kumwenda didn’t hesitate to try their hand from distance.
Leading 8-7 at quarter-time, Australia piled on 20 points during the second-quarter power play to extend their advantage to 28-17 at half-time, including a six-point super shot from Flyer’s Gretel Tippett.
Malawi responded in the third quarter with a power play of their own but were held to just 10 points as the Flyers maintained their lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The Queens mounted a comeback in the final quarter, outscoring Australians 10-6, but ran out of time.
“We strayed from what we wanted to do in this game which is a credit to Malawi and how much they took it to us but we held on in the end which is all we needed,” Flyers co-captain Demelza McCloud said.
The Australian Flyers will round out the opening day of competition when they take on defending champions New Zealand Fast5 Ferns at 7.15pm (AEDST).
1PT 2PT 3PT
S. Pratley 2/2 6/8 -
G. Tippett 2/3 1/2 1/2
T. Cadwell 3/4 2/4 0/1
C. Dziwoki 2/2 1/1 -
1PT 2PT 3PT
M.Kumwenda 6/6 5/9 2/10
B.Kumwenda 1/1 1/1 -
J.Chimaliro 1/1 0/1 -
J.Mazengera - 2/4 -