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Australia survive Fast 5 scare from Malawi

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/10/2016 Samantha Sonogan

Australia has opened the Fast 5s netball World Series with a nailbiting 24-23 victory over Malawi at Hisense Arena in Melbourne on Saturday.

Malawi shooter and key Melbourne Vixens signing Mwai Kumwenda shot from all around the zone and top scored for the match, with her 17 points coming from nine goals and 22 attempts.

She nailed the match's only three-pointer during her side's 3rd quarter power play - where all points are doubled - to claim six points which propelled Malawi from 17-12 down into an 18-17 lead.

Despite her long-bomb heroics and top scoring for the match, Kumwenda lamented her inaccuracy at goal

"It was certainly a hard game, but next game we'll play better," Kumwenda said.

"I should have shot more (goals) because I missed so many. It was awesome (6-pointer) but we needed more."

Shooter Erin Bell top scored with nine points for the home side, however Australia only managed two goals in their 4th quarter power play for four points.

Diamonds captain Susan Pettit said her side needs to work on making the most of the power play.

"We were probably a bit scared to just play probably worried too much on getting four pointers and six pointers. We just need to relax," Pettitt said.

"We had a couple of offensive penalties as well, so that's something that we have got to turn over.

"I thought our defenders played their power play really well and defended really well. They hardly had any goals that went in. Just that six-pointer, that hurts. "

Australia will play Jamaica next and round out Day 1's play tonight against defending champions New Zealand.

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