A near faultless shooting performance from substitute goal shooter Caitlin Thwaites propelled the Australian Diamonds to an emphatic 83-34 victory over Malawi in the first ever netball international held in Wollongong on Wednesday night.
Thwaites shot 41 goals from 42 attempts after being injected into the match at half-time as a substitute for Constellation Cup star Caitlin Bassett, who had shot 22 from 24.
The Diamonds capitalised on a nervous start from the Queens with Bassett notching three unanswered goals to start the match. Bassett ended the quarter with eight goals from nine attempts with goal attack Natalie Medhurst contributing five from six.
The Queens overcame their early jitters to make a contest of the quarter and were accurate when they reached the circle with goal attack Jane Chamaliro shooting six of seven and Mwai Kamwenda five of six to draw within two goals at 13-11 at the end of the first quarter.
The Diamonds took control of the match in the second quarter nailing 18 goals with 15 to Bassett from 16 attempts and three from three for Medhurst to take a commanding 33-19 halftime lead.
Thwaites took the court in the second half alongside goal attack Erin Bell in the circle and nailed all of her 21 attempts at goal in a faultless quarter in which the Diamonds restricted the Malawi shooters to just five goals.