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Malawi Queens lose to South Africans again, this time in the finals

Malawi QueensThe SPAR Proteas came from behind to beat Malawi 40-35 in the final of the KwaZulu-Natal Diamond Challenge Netball tournament at the Ugu Sports Centre in Margate on Friday night.

It was a thrilling match that had the crowd on the edge of their seats right until the end.

The Proteas’ new coach, Australian Norma Plummer, sprang a few surprises with her starting line-up, with captain Maryka Holtzhausen on the bench, and Elsunet du Plessis getting her first international start as goal attack.

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Malawi Queens will play in the Diamond Challenge finals today after outclassing Zambia Yesterday

Malawi Queens date South AfricaThe South African SPAR netball Proteas reached the finals of the KwaZulu-Natal Diamond Challenge at the Ugu Sports Centre near Margate with a decisive 56-39 victory over Uganda on Thursday. 

The victory meant South Africa went through the round robin stage of the competition without dropping a match. They will meet arch-rivals Malawi Queens in the final on Friday night who earlier on Thursday in a thrilling performance to thrashed Zambia 60-34 at the Ugu Sports Centre in Margate, South Africa. 

Malawi Queens thrash Uganda in Diamond Challenge

Malawi QueensBlantyre, June 16: Malawi Queens beat Uganda 51-40 on Tuesday night in their opening game of the Netball Diamonds Challenge at Ugu Sports Centre Margate in South Africa.

It was another blistering form the African netball champions proved why they wear the crown with a fast and furious display.

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Malawi Queens lose to SA Spar Proteas in a fast paced Match

Malawi Queens against South AfricaThe Malawi queens lost 33 - 43 in the KwaZulu-Natal Diamond Challenge at the Ugu Sports Centre in Gamalakhe, Margate, on Wednesday to arch-rivals South African Spar Proteas who have hired Australian World Cup-winning coach Norma Plummer as their new head coach.

South Africa took control of the match from the start. Lenize Potgieter was on fire as goalshooter, netting the ball with almost every attempt, including a shot on the run as she passed the post. Captain Maryka Holtzhausen was also effective with shots from the edge of the circle.



At the other end of the court, goalkeeper Adele Niemand and goal attack Karla Mostert did sterling work in defence, with Niemand in particular achieving a number of intercepts and turn-overs.



The match was very fast and very physical, with players on both sides blown up for over-enthusiastic contact. Bongi Msomi, playing wing attack, moved like lightning, driving the ball to her circle, while Izette Lubbe did a good job at centre before she had to leave the court with a wrist injury.



The Malawi Queens never had a lead in the Match at anytime as the Proteas maintained their lead throughout the match, and won every quarter. At halftime they were 22-16 ahead, and the worst quarter was the third, which they lost by 11 goals to eight.



It was sweet revenge for the Proteas, who lost to the Malawi Queens at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year. Malawi are the top-ranked African team, at fifth in the world, while the Proteas are ranked sixth.

 

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Malawi Queens set for Diamond Challenge in South Africa

Malawi QueensMalawi national netball team the Queens is set for the Diamond Challenge Cup in South Africa when the face Uganda on Tuesday in South Africa.

Coach Peace Kalua-Chawinga said the Queens were ready to put up a majestic performance at the tournament despite being in camp for one week.

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