Kukoma Diamonds and defending champions First Choice Tigresses, returned to action over the weekend and proved why they are the Rainbow Paints Blantyre and Districts Netball League’s top guns.
The two sides had been exempted from play as they each contributed a significant number of players to the Malawi netball team the Queens. The Queens were involved in the Commonwealth Games and more recently in the Netball World Cup Africa region qualifiers.
On Saturday, Diamonds were first to step onto the court and were at their usual best, utterly dominating minnows Gerald Tasaukadala on their way to registering a 103-13 win.
One fan commented: “We almost went to sleep in that match. Kukanakhala kotheka, timu inayo inakangopanga surrender, koma poti ndi mpira amayenera kungomaliza game [If it were possible the losing team could have just quit the game, because they were totally outplayed]”.
Later, Tigresses would repeat an almost similar feat, except with a narrower margin of 88-19 against Machinjiri Sisters.
But in the afternoon, the two sides, faced some sterner opposition.
Shizaella started off brightly against Tigresses and were only trailing 12-8 after the first quarter. But by half time Tigresses had extended their lead to 23-14 as Shizaela made a lot of unforced errors that helped Tigresses easily make intercepts. With no substitutes on the bench Shizaela eventually faltered and lost the match 48-22.
Diamonds were also given a good run for their money as they were almost jailed by Prison United. They still managed to record a 62-54 win.
In games played on Sunday Tigresses beat Mubas 64-22, Imosys triumphed over debutantes Tremors 63-25 while Diamonds beat Chilomoni Sisters 88-30.