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Joyce Mvula finds her thunder

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Manchester Thunder’s new Malawian signing, Joyce Mvula, is finding her feet at the Vitality Netball Super league side in the United Kingdom.

The team’s website reports that following her appearances since switching from Blue Eagles Sisters, the shooter was now gelling with her team-mates.

“Young training parter players Leia Griffin and Ellie Smith will benefit from their time on court and learning from Mvula, who impressed with her movement and shooting accuracy,” reads the report after the 22-year-old Malawian featured in a 84- 65 test match win over Team Northumbria.

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It was a game which saw Thunder Coach, Karen Greig, use her whole squad, apart from Gabriella Marshall and Amy Clinton.

The game was played out over six ‘quarters’, four of them the regular 15-minute, while the final two were 10 minutes each.

This was to allow coaches from both Super league sides to give each of their players a solid run out ahead of the new season, which starts in two weeks’ time.

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It was a fairly even first quarter with the teams going toe-to-toe, but it was Thunder’s defence that started to be the difference from midway through the second period.

Greig was happy with what she saw in the whole team.

“Our decision making needs to improve. This game has cemented the thoughts I have of the team, which is good and we have another friendly against Sirens, which will give me more reassurance on where the team is at and what I’m trying to achieve,” she said.

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