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Towera Vinkhumbo, Joyce Mvula join top stars in England’s Netball Superleague stats

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Malawi National Netball Team stars Joyce Mvula and Towera Vinkhumbo are basking in the limelight with outstanding performances that have seen them score highly in England’s Vitality Netball Superleague statistics.

After round four matches on Sunday and Monday, Vinkhumbo emerged the best in two out of five categories of statistics leaders of the week.

A report on netballscoop.com states that the former Diamonds stalwart leads the most gains list with seven that she managed during the 35-30 win over London Pulse on Sunday.

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It also discloses that Vinkhumbo is also top among the most intercepts with five, a feat she also achieved during the Pulse match.

“Towera Vinkhumbo once again featured in the weekly stats leaderboard with an impressive five intercepts and seven total gains. She held a strong front position on her GS, pinning both Burger and Tschine to the baseline and used her impressive elevation to get plenty of hand to ball, batting it to her circle partner Emily Nicholl,” reads the report.

Mvula continues leading the Thunder top goalscorers’ chart with 87 goals after netting 32 during the champions’ 60-27 thumping of Severn Stars on Sunday.

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The win saw Thunder temporarily rise to the summit of the table, a position they relinquished to Loughborough Lightning who whacked Stars 58-30 on Monday.

Thunder, who remain unbeaten in three matches, have nine points while Lightning lead with 12 points from five fixtures.

Sirens have also amassed nine points but are on position five because of an inferior goal difference of 11 against Thunder’s 77. The other teams on nine points are Team Bath Netball and Saracens Mavericks.

Mvula continues to enjoy the season at Thunder with a Player-of-the-Match performance during Sunday’s match.

The former Blue Eagles star shooter described the Stars match as a fruit of hard work for the team.

“I am just happy that we played like at training. We just have to keep on going and keep working hard together as a team. It’s good [the youngsters] have [a chance] to go and get in to flow as a team,” Mvula told Thunder’s website.

The website hailed Mvula for what it termed class shooting that gave Thunder full points.

“The partnership between Cardwell and Mvula continued to control the game with Laura Malcolm assisting. Ex- Thunder legend Liana Leota’s creativity certainly tested the team. However, Thunder’s goals kept flowing in, thanks to Mvula working her skills with Cardwell and great swell from captain Emma Dovey, using her space well,” reads the report on the website.

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