Flyers remain undefeated with victory over Malawi

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The Australian Fast5 Flyers remain undefeated at the 2013 Fast5 Netball World Series after holding on to beat the Malawi Queens 42-37 at Vector Arena, Auckland, on Friday.

The Flyers backed up a record-breaking victory over England earlier in the afternoon with a second win on the opening day of the three-day tournament, which features modified rules.

Both sides took advantage of the multiple point scoring zones throughout the match as Flyers co-captain Susan Pratley and Malawi’s Mwayi Kumwenda didn’t hesitate to try their hand from distance.

Leading 8-7 at quarter-time, Australia piled on 20 points during the second-quarter power play to extend their advantage to 28-17 at half-time, including a six-point super shot from Flyer’s Gretel Tippett.

Malawi responded in the third quarter with a power play of their own but were held to just 10 points as the Flyers maintained their lead heading into the fourth quarter.

The Queens mounted a comeback in the final quarter, outscoring Australians 10-6, but ran out of time.

“We strayed from what we wanted to do in this game which is a credit to Malawi and how much they took it to us but we held on in the end which is all we needed,” Flyers co-captain Demelza McCloud said.

The Australian Flyers will round out the opening day of competition when they take on defending champions New Zealand Fast5 Ferns at 7.15pm (AEDST).

Shooting statistics:

Australia

1PT 2PT 3PT
S. Pratley 2/2 6/8
G. Tippett 2/3 1/2 1/2
T. Cadwell 3/4 2/4 0/1
C. Dziwoki 2/2 1/1

Malawi

1PT 2PT 3PT
M.Kumwenda 6/6 5/9 2/10
B.Kumwenda 1/1 1/1
J.Chimaliro 1/1 0/1
J.Mazengera 2/4

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