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Malawi national netball team, the Queens, concluded preparations for 2018 Commonwealth Games with a 61-40 win over Barbados Wednesday.

The organisers reportedly used the warm up game to test competition rules before the start of the Games in Australia Wednesday.

The Queens changed the starting line-up, giving their former skipper, Caroline Mtukule-Ngwira, a rare start at goal-defence to partner Towera Vinkhumbo-Nyirenda at goal-defence and Captain, Joanna Kachilika, at wing-defence.

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Jane Chimaliro also started upfront, where she linked up with goal-shooter Mwawi Kumwenda whereas wing-attacker Bridget Kumwenda and centre Thandie Galeta provided the supplies.

The Queens, who are ranked sixth in the world, are reported to have started the match sluggishly against the 11th positioned Barbados.

The first-quarter ended 11- all as Barbados threatened to spoil Malawi’s morale before the Games.

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Sensing danger, Malawi rested Chimaliro for Sindie Simtowe-Msowoya whereas Bridget Kumwenda was substituted for Takondwa Lwazi.

This meant that Lwazi went to centre court whereas Galeta moved to wing-attack.

The move paid dividends as Malawi led 26-23 at half-time.

Lauren Ngwira replaced Mtukule-Ngwira at the start of the third-quarter when Malawi extended their lead to 43-31.

In the last quarter, Manchester Thunder shooter, Joyce Mvula, replaced Mwawi whereas Kachilika was also substituted.

The Queens Coach, Whyte Mlilima, told MBC Radio 2 FM that his charges were ready for the Games.

Malawi are heading into the Games after winning three matches and losing 12 of their last 15 games.

The Queens face third-ranked England tomorrow then fast-improving Uganda the following day.

Malawi will then entertain New Zealand’s Silver Ferns on Monday.

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