The Malawi Queens went agonisingly close to coming up with the upset against the Australian Flyers, going down 33-35 in the second game of Day 2.

Both teams spent the opening quarter working into their rhythm, with Malawi showing their skills in being patient with the ball and utilising the turnovers they had earned on defence.

Sindi Simtowe continued to star from the two-point zone, keeping the Queens in the match, making the most of the free space with Loreen Ngwira attracting two defenders in the circle.

Again the Flyers made the most of the running subs, with the transitions on court doing little to disrupt the team’s momentum and the use of fresh legs was needed as the game grew.

Simtowe and Ngwira both were successful from the two point zone, slotting a monster 18 points between them to go into the final quarter ahead 29-17.

The combination in defense of Kate Shimmin and Flyers captain Clare McMeniman started strongly in the final quarter, increasing the physical intensity in the goal circle and restricted the open ball movement Malawi had enjoyed for most of the match.

Erin Bell had her best quarter of the tournament so far, which was timely for the Flyers as they were in serious trouble of a losing the match.

Bell finished the quarter with 4/5 at the two point zone and after the match spoke to Netball Scoop about staying composed throughout the match.

“It was a step up from our performance against New Zealand and wanted to come out a lot stronger… we knew we would have to bring it from yesterday”.

A continuing feature of the Flyers game was the full court pressure they were able to apply to Malawi, and Bell mentioned how crucial this was.

“Its even more important than in seven aside, it is definitely full court defence… especially on the centre court.”

Australia will finish the day in a highly anticipated match up against England before a likely face off with the Ferns in the final.