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Malawi's mercurial upset 

18 Mar 06 21:27

In one of the upsets of the Games so far, Malawi has come away with a stunning 57-56 victory over fifth seeded South Africa in the Netball competition at the State Netball and Hockey Centre.

Shooting accuracy, 56 from 73, and a high penalty count cost South Africa the match in the dying minutes, despite having a strong start to the game with shooter Sindisiwe Gumede scoring in the first minute of the match. 

Cooperation in Malawi's goal circle between Linda Magombo and goal attack Mary Waya saw them quickly retaliate, finishing the first quarter only four points down.

Both teams increased defensive pressure in the second term, with South Africa using Gumede's 22cm height advantage over Adele Niemand (Malawi) effectively.

At half time South Africa had stretched their lead by eight points.

Both teams lifted in the final half of the match. Magonbo and Waya were outstanding in the goal circle and it was Malawi's accuracy in goal, 57 from 67, which saw them level the score half way through the final quarter.

Malawi took the lead with just one minute remaining and managed to hold off South Africa who had led for most of the match.

These Commonwealth Games mark Malawi's first international competition since the 1999 World Championships.
South Africa will go on to contest St Vincent & Grenadines on Sunday, and Malawi will face Fiji at 1pm on Day 5, 20 March.

- Games News Service

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