A superb performance from 39 year old Malawi GA Mary Waya was not enough
to prevent England's netballers from taking the second Co-operative
International netball test match 56-40 at the Coventry Skydome this
However, Malawi will take heart from a much improved performance, after a
30 goal loss in the first test, which saw them contest the ball through
midcourt more effectively and finish more accurately than they did in the
England got off to a fast start, with Corbin and Clarke moving at
lightning pace in midcourt to provide plentiful supply of ball to
Brownfield and Cookey. England ended the quarter 15-9 ahead, and while
Malawi's WD Melenia Gedion gave her all to disrupt the supply of England's
ball, the momentum continued to run in England's favour in the second
period, leaving them 28-17 in front at half time.
England coach Sue Hawkins rang the changes in the third period,
introducing Naida Hutchinson at GD and Jo Harten at GS, and the new line
up cut loose, as Harten's rotational play released Cookey into space.
Initially, Malawi struggled to keep up, but with their supporters raising
the roof with their vocal support, kept battling, but with Cookey scoring
13/13 for the quarter, England's lead was 47-28 at the break.
With the win all but secured, Hawkins took the opportunity to introduce 17
year old Serena Guthrie at C, making her the first full netball
international from Jersey. England struggled to regain their rhythmm, and
the indefatiguable Waya took full advantage, using some clever jinks and
drives to create space and release GS Mdzagada into shooting positions
under the post. England rerouped, and driving forwards with purpose once
more, took the win 56-40 and with it the Co-operative International
Sue Hawkins was full of praise for her team: "We are working with new
combinations, so it is good that we are also putting together wins. We
now need to finish off every quarter, and on Friday we will be going flat
out to take the win."
Griffin Saenda, the Malawi coach, was philosophical in defeat: "We were
much better this evening - we are improving daily. In fact, I believe
that we will beat them, and it should not be too long."
The third Co-operative International Netball test match takes place at
Wembley Arena on Friday, 18 April, starting at 7.00pm.
England starting line up: GS Brownfield, GA Cookey, WA Corbin, C Clarke,
WD Siddall, GD Newton (capt), GK Beckford Chambers
Changes/substitutions: 3rd Q: GS Harten, Newton to WD, GD Hutchinson,
4th Q: Binns to WA following injury time out, C Guthrie
Brownfield 18/20, Cookey 27/33, Harten 11/14