INF World Ranking - 6
Nickname - Malawi Queens
Capital city - Lilongwe
Population - 18M
Best Commonwealth Games Finish - 5th (2010, 2014)
The Malawi Queens have been present at all but one netball event at the Commonwealth Games. In the last two tournaments, Malawi have finished 5th, just missing out on the Bronze medal match. Out of the twenty three games Malawi have played at the Commonwealth Games, they have won thirteen of them. Malawi were one of the highest scorers in Glasgow 2014 scoring a total of 352 goals.
Preparations for the Games took place in Auckland for the recent Taini Jamison Trophy in which Malawi claimed a third placed finish. The Queens suffered defeats to New Zealand and Jamaica but recorded two victories over the Fiji Pearls.
Expect a loud atmosphere when the Queens are on court, they are often crowd favorites with their exciting and dynamic playing style.
An experienced squad has been selected for the Gold Coast, as nine out of the twelve athletes were present four years ago in Glasgow, leaving only three athletes within the squad that will be making their inaugural appearance at a Commonwealth Games. They are Martha Dambo, Thandie Galleta and Bridget Kumwenda.
Star shooter, Mwai Kumwenda, was the top goal scorer four years ago in Glasgow with a total tally of 230 goals. Mwai currently plays her club netball in Australia with the Melbourne Vixens, so will be no stranger to the Australian crowds.
Match Schedule – Preliminary Round
In November, Malawi played three very close test matches against England, who the Queens play first. Mwai Kumwenda impressed during that series and was named Player of the Series for Malawi.
Malawi then play fellow African side, Uganda, which will be an intriguing match as only one place separates these sides in the INF World Rankings. This will be the first time these sides will meet on the Commonwealth Games stage.
They then face the highest ranked team in Pool B, New Zealand. Malawi have played the Silver Ferns three times out of the four Commonwealth Games they have participated in. In Glasgow 2014, New Zealand were victorious by a mere three goals.
Scotland are next up for Malawi who both met in the prelims in Glasgow 2014. Malawi were victorious on that occasion winning 62-35. In that game Kumwenda scored forty goals.
The final game of the Preliminary rounds for Malawi will be against Wales. This will be a rematch of twenty years ago, the last time these teams met at the Commonwealth Games. In Kuala Lumpur 1998 Malawi won by seven points, 57-50.
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