Malawi Senior Netball team got off to a bad of the three SPAR Challenge Test matches as the host whitewashed them 65-25 in the first opening match at the Superbowl in Sun City on Thursday.
Right from the start of the first quarter sloppy Queens’s attackers could not break the Proteas solid defence marshaled by Phumza Maweni and Shadine van der Merwe and even when they did the shooters Sindi Simtowe and Jesca Sanudi needlessly kept on loosing balls to the opponents.
Such a disjointed play gave the host leeway to dictate proceedings of the match, letting the Proteas goal shooters Lenize Potgieter and Lefebre Rademan to netted goal after goal with ease. As the first quarter drew to a close, the hosts were leading 15-6.
The second quarter was the Queen’s worst in history as they could only net three goals in the entire 15 minutes. In this quarter, South Africa’s dominance was at play, netting 17 goals, thanks to the great supply of balls to shooters by Captain Bongiwe Msomi in the Centre court to the Proteas’ circle. By halftime, they were 31-9 ahead, having restricted the Malawi Queens to three goals in the second quarter.
Come the third quarter, Coach Peace Chawinga Kalua made some changes in the shooting circles and somewhat changed a bit the tempo of the game. Certainly, Malawi queens looked slightly better, scoring seven goals but the Proteas managed 17 of their own, bringing the total scores to 48-16 as the third quarter ended.
The fourth quarter was Malawi’s best, with nine goals to 17 of the Proteas, taking the final score to 65-25.
Certainly, the 40 goal difference was the Queens heaviest defeat of all time at the hands of South Africa, considering the fact that the last time the two sides met at the same competition, the goal difference was just five.
During the match the Proteas’ debutant wing attacker Tshina Mdau wamade was named the Most Valued Player due to her outstanding performance.
Soon after the match, Malawi Queens coach Peace Chawinga Kalua admitted that this was a bad day in office.
She said: “Almost everything didn’t go well in the circles, in the mid court.
“The defence tried to do the best they could but we were failing to penetrate South African defence in the mid court.
We have seen what went wrong and we have all night to prepare for Friday’s showdown.”
Proteas Coach Dorette Badenhorst said “It was a great start,” although the scoreline did not reflect how tough the match had been.
“We did very well in the first quarter and that gave me the opportunity to play my whole squad. A coach can only be happy when she has that depth of talent to work with.”
“The players worked hard for every interception.”
The second Test will be played at the Superbowl at 19:00 today (Friday), with the third being played at 13:00 on Sunday afternoon.