English netball fans received a very welcome piece of news today, as Netball Malawi confirmed that the inspirational Mary Waya will be part of the Malawi side which travels to England in April to take part in the first international test series between the two countries played on home soil.
Waya, 38, was the superstar of the Netball World Championships held in New Zealand in November, dazzling the crowds with her lightning quick reactions and cheeky passes that frequently left highly rated international defenders clutching at air. She was expected to retire after the World Championships, but apparently the lure of a test series against England has persuaded her to extend her international career just a little longer, meaning that spectators are in for a real treat this spring.
"Mary Waya is a true star of the international game," says Nigel Holl, England Netball's Director of Netball. "She provided many of the 'oo ahh!'' moments of the World Championships and I know that England fans will delight in watching her unique and dramatic style of play. Seeing her in action is a real privilege and I would urge everyone to purchase their tickets now - it's a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch her!"
Tickets are now available for the three matches as follows:
14 April Sheffield Arena, priced £17 adults (England Netball members £14), children £9, family ticket £48.
16 April Skydome Arena Coventry, priced £17 adults (England Netball members £14), children £9, family ticket £48.
18 April: Wembley Arena, priced £19 adults (England Netball members £16), children £10, family ticket £52.
At all the venues, groups receive one free ticket if eight are purchased. Visit www.englandnetball.co.uk for more information.
England are currently ranked third in the world, two places above Malawi. Photograph shows Mary Waya in action against England’s Ama Agbeze (left) in the recent Netball World Championships in New Zealand.