The Queens are back

Malawi Queens

The Malawi national netball team were given a warm welcome on their return home at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe on Tuesday from the 2019 Vitality Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England.

Netball lovers welcomed the Queens at the airport to appreciate the team’s outstanding perfomance at the competition which saw them finish sixth, above team’s like Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Uganda displaced Malawi on sixth position on the INF rankings released prior to the World Cup kick off.

The three week’s journey started with the Queens losing to New Zealand 64-45 during the opening match of the preliminary stages before returning in the game to thrash Singapore 87-38 at M & S Bank Arena.

Queens maintained their form on the third day, session five of the preliminary session where they beat Barbados 65-41.

Northern Ireland were also victims of Queens great performance after going down 47-43 on the fourth day of the preliminaries stage two, session seven.

After three games dominance it was time for the Queens to taste a second defeat after the 74-25 defeat to Australia as the preliminaries progressed.

Zimbabwe joined the list of teams to lose to the Queens after posing a great threat to the Malawi side straight from its loss to Australia, but the girls pushed to ensure a third position finish in group F.

The Griffin Saenda side continued with their winning streak with the latest casualty being Africa’s top performers Uganda 55-44 which finished seventh.

New Zealand stunned defending champions Australia to be crowned 2019 champions, while England were Bronze medalists.

South Africa were fourth while Jamaica beat Malawi 68-50 to finish fifth.

On position eight were Zimbabwe, while Trinidad and Tobago settled for ninth place.

Northern Ireland finished on position ten, Scotland at 11 and Barbados 12th.

Samoa, Fiji and Sri Lanka shared positions 13, 14 and fifteen respectively, while Singapore were the last team.