SA netball beat Malawi with record-breaking score

South Africa swept through the SPAR Challenge Netball Test on Sunday, beating Malawi with a record-breaking 41 goal lead in the final test at Sun City.

TOP PLAYER: Player of the series, Shadine Van Der Merwe of South Africa with her trophy after the final test of the SPAR Challenge. The South African team beat Malawi 69-28 on Sunday, a record-breaking victory
Picture: REG CALDECOTT

The final score was 69-28, one goal better than the previous record which was also achieved in last week’s tournament.

The game got off to a scrappy start, with SA captain Bongi Msomi having to step off the court due to injury and be replaced by Tshina Mdau.

Both teams put up a solid defence, achieving numerous turnovers throughout the match but only one team could emerge victorious in the end.

SA goal attack Shadine van der Merwe was named Most Valued Player and Player of the Series.

“We achieved more than we expected in this series,” said SA coach Dorette Badenhorst.

“It is not often when you play African teams that you are able to play all 15 players in your squad. We met the targets that we set in each of the matches and I am very satisfied.”

Malawi coach Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa said her team’s loss was a disappointment “but has been a big wake-up call”.

“We are grateful to have played some international netball but when we go home, we know that we have to make sure the players don’t remain idle but that they are fit for action.

“The lack of match fitness was a problem and they [Malawi] were unable to take the momentum through to the later stages of the match,” she said.

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