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Civonets put behind their sorrow and delivered a master-class performance to reach the quarterfinals of the Presidential national netball trophy which threw off Thursday at Blantyre Youth Centre.

As we went to press, defending champions Complex Tigresses, Kukoma Diamonds and Blue Eagles Sisters were among the teams that had also reached the quarterfinals.

Civonets, who are still mourning the death of their coach Connis Mhone, humbled equally impressive Thunder Queens (for merly MTL Queens) 29-24.

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The tournament also saw Thunder starting life without coach Mary Waya after she switched to Alliance Capital Stars.

Civonets caretaker coach, Whyte Mulilima, praised the players for following instructions, especially in the last two quarters.

“It was a tight game because we play a similar system of netball. I told my players to relax and fight in honour of Connis and they did that,” he said.

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In another match, holders Tigresses defeated Lameck Queens 47-20 and Young Sisters 42-12 to reach the quarterfinals.

Tigresses assistant coach, Charles Mhango, said it was an impressive start and they would build on the two victories.

“The girls have put behind financial woes and they are determined to defend the title. We will not get carried away because every team is prepared to win,” he said.

In other matches, Diamonds beat Mafco 31-10 while Blue Eagles defeated Mimosa Queens 40-16.

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