Malawi Queens maintain 6th position at World Cup

Netball World Cup, Malawi vs Jamaica

The Malawi national netball team finished their 2019 Vitality Netball World Cup journey on position six after going down 68-50 to Jamaica on Sunday.
The Queens have maintained their position having finished at the same place at the previous World Cup in 2015.
Jamaica proved strong for the Malawian side as they dominated all the quarters with the first ending 13-20 in their favour.
With Joyce Mvula and Jane Chimaliro making the first line-up as shooter and attacker respectively, the Malawi Queens struggled to overcome the Jamaicans.
Thandie Galeta as wing attacker, Takondwa Lwazi at the centre, Grace Mwafulirwa as wing defender, Carol Mtukule-Ngwira as goal defender and Towera Vinkhumbo playing as goalkeeper failed to contain the pressure which saw the gap rising and by half time Malawi were trailing 28-37.
Changes for the Queens started from the first quarter where Mtukule-Ngwira was replaced by Loreen Ngwira as Vinkhumbo was moved to goal defending.
In the second quarter, the coach had no choice but to rest Vinkhumbo who has been instrumental in almost all the games of the competition at the back, and bring back Mtukule-Ngwira.
The two swapped again in the third quarter which ended 41-52 to the Jamaicans.
Although it was clear by fourth quarter that the Queens were outclassed, the fighting spirit did not fade.
The coach made only one change in the last quarter resting Mvula for Sindi Simtowe-Msowoya.
Malawi dropped on the INF ranking to position nine from six which was taken by Uganda but will likely climb back up when the new rankings are released after the competition.