New Zealand cruise to finals berth with win over Malawi 

Defending champions New Zealand have booked yet another appearance in a Fast5 Netball World Series Grand Final with a convincing win over a spirited Malawi.

The power and physical presence of New Zealand proved to be too much for the African nation in the 52-27 defeat.

New Zealand raced out of the blocks off the back of strong shooting from Te Paea Selby-Rickit and Maria Tutaia to claim a 14-6 lead in the first term.

The Kiwis continued to flex their muscles making the most of their height advantage at the offensive end in the second term, extending their lead to 13 points at the main break.

Tutaia continued her strong performance in the third term, scoring 18 of her team’s 22 points for the quarter as New Zealand ran way to a 32 point lead.

New Zealand has been building game by game, but did not underestimate the unpredictability of Malawi, according to shooter Te Paea Selby-Rickit.

“We’ve been taking it game-by-game and I think every game we’ve gotten better and we’re just progressing. We weren’t taking it for granted against Malawi, we know that they can surprise us sometimes so really happy to have the win. They’re a great side and when they’re good, they’re really good.

“I think we really played smart in that game and really utilised our shooters like Maria in our powerplay,” explained Selby-Rickit.

With the game all but over at the final break, Malawi were able to win the final quarter and reduce the margin to 25 points at the final whistle.

New Zealand will now meet Australia in the final as they look to claim their fourth consecutive Fast5 title, while Malawi will face the winner of the clash between England and Jamaica in the third place playoff.

NEW ZEALAND (52) defeated MALAWI (27)

New Zealand shooting statistics

Shooter 1 point goal 2 point goal 3 pointsupershot
MariaTutaia 1/1 1/2 6/12
TePaeaSelby-Rickit 4/4 1/5 1/1
Maia Wilson

Jamie Hume

8/9

3/5

0/0

0/1

0/1

0/1

 

Malawi shooting statistics

Shooter 1 point goal 2 point goal 3 pointsupershot
MwaiKumwenda 6/6 2/4 2/5
JaneChimaliro 2/2 0/3 0/1
JessieMazengero 0/0 ¼ 0/0
JoyceMvula 1/1 0/2 0/1

 

New Zealand starting five – GS: Maria Tutaia GA: Te Paea Selby-Rickit C: Gina Crampton GD: Storm Purvis GK: Phoenix Karaka

Malawi starting five – GS: Mwai Kumwenda GA: Jane Chimaliro C: Thandie Galeta GD: Grace Mwafulirwa GK: Towera Vinkhumbo

New Zealand power play: quarter three
Malawi power play: quarter four

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