Malawiâ€™s Queens beat Australia 33-30 on Sundayâ€”a second victory over them in three daysâ€”to finish fifth at the Fast5 World Netball Series in Auckland New Zealand.
On Friday, the Queens stunned Australia 33-15.
Unlike Fridayâ€™s contest, in which Australia were dazzled into submission, Sundayâ€™s encounter monitored on SuperSport 4, was a tight-throat affair.
Shooter Mwawi Kumwenda, who struggled in the game against continental rivals South Africa on Saturday, was the centrepiece of the Queensâ€™s victory and was accurate from all the three scoring zones.
Both Queens coach Griffin â€˜Zagaloâ€™ Saenda and NAM attributed the teamâ€™s failure to make it into last four to poor preparations.
â€œWe only trained for two weeks ahead of the tournament and that wasnâ€™t enough for a tournament of such magnitude,â€ said Saenda from New Zealand on Saturday.
NAM general secretary Helene Mpinganjira said apart from poor preparations, fatigue also caught up with the Queens.
â€œIt was not easy playing three games in a day. South Africa were much fitter because they had better preparations,â€ she said.
Meanwhile, Australia netball team coach Lisa Alexander has admitted that her charges were second best to Malawi Queens at the Fast5 World Series.
â€œMalawi did a great job. In their second-quarter, they completely and utterly outplayed us. But I was really proud of the way the girls game back and shot some six pointers and three pointers,â€ Alexander is quoted as saying by nz.sports.yahoo.com.
â€œIt think it needs to be very clear to the netball public that we were taking into this competition a development team and yes, we do not like losing and it is very unAustralian in respects of netball, but we also have to respect the other teams,â€ Alexander is quoted as saying.
Queensâ€™ Mwawi was beaming for a long time after the victory: â€œWe are very excited, Australia are a very tough team.â€
â€œIt has been a good experience for us. Most of the time, we cannot come to events because of money. But this has been good for us, and people in Malawi are so excited,â€ Mwawi told the online publication.