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Peace Chawinga Kaluwa

First Choice Tigresses underlined their hunger for the Rainbow Paints Blantyre and Districts Netball League title with a 48-41 humbling of champions Kukoma Diamonds at Blantyre Youth Centre on Saturday.

Tiga reaped rewards of hard work and composure that came out of a well-executed game-plan which saw them finish at the top in all four quarters.

Diamonds went into the match with frustrations after being denied the chance to use defence icon Towera Vinkhumbo-Nyirenda who was voted Players’ Player of the Season in the United Kingdom’s Vitality Netball Superleague following a successful season at Strathclyde Sirens.

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The title holders had intended to use Vinkhumbo- Nyirenda in a pairing with skipper Caroline Mtukule- Ngwira, who is now based in Lilongwe.

Diamonds started the match a disjointed side in defence, with their attackers making kindergarten mistakes, allowing Tigresses to dominate.

Tiga were boosted with services of Lilongwe-based Beatrice Mpinganjira, Grace Mwafulirwa-Mhango and Sindie Simtowe-Msowoya who travelled all the way from the Northern Region to beef up the squad.

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The three were at the epicentre of action as Tiga narrowly led 13-12 at the end of the first quarter before extending the lead to 26-20 at half time.

Matters worsened for Diamonds in the third quarter as Tigresses outplayed them to extend the lead to 40-28.

The Kanjedza outfit continued dominating the match in the fourth quarter to eventually carry the day.

Tigresses Coach Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa said she was satisfied with the result.

“It was a good performance. My players followed instructions and came out victorious but we still need to fine tune here and there,” Chawinga-Kaluwa said.

Diamonds Coach Noel Mussa said they will rectify mistakes.

“It was not our day. We will go back to the drawing board and work on our mistakes,” Mussa said.

In other matches, Imosys Netball Club, formerly Thunder Queens, defeated Prison Sisters 37-33 whereas Shizaella Queens edged Chilomoni Sisters 39-38.

Polytechnic were 44-38 victors over Gerald Tasaukadala Sisters while Machinjiri Sisters trounced Chileka Sisters 34-26.

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