By Mphatso Malidadi:
Malawi national netball team top shooter, Joyce Mvula, has insisted that her English side Manchester Thunder is still in contention for the title despite slipping to second position.
Thunder fell from top position last week after losing 60-57 to Loughborough Lightning.
Mvula’s side has 36 points from 16 games, three points behind leaders Wasps.
Thunder will today meet the most successful side in the league, Team Bath, as they chase a play-off spot.
Bath have won the Vitality Super League title five times whereas Thunder have won it once.
The Malawi national netball team attacker said the season was tough but was optimistic that Thunder would remain in the top four to qualify for the play-offs.
“The season has been very tough and exciting because most teams are chasing a play-off spot. So we have to make sure that we do not slip from the top four. If we can make it to the play-offs, we will have strong chances to win the league,” said the former Blue Eagles Sisters shooter.
Mvula is with Thunder for the third season and has been in top form of late, registering a rare 100 per cent shooting rate in several games.
Her form is good news for the Queens who have been dealt a heavy blow as shooter Mwawi Kumwenda will not be available for the Netball World Cup set for Liverpool, England, from July 12 to 21.
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