Malawi National Netball Team star shooter Joyce Mvula continues to bask in the glory of inspiring her United Kingdom Vitality Netball Superleague side Manchester Thunder to the top with her impressive performances.
Mvula’s recent five-star display helped Thunder continue their imperious form with an 84-49 win away at Leeds Rhinos.
The Malawian contributed massively to Thunder’s success, such that her efforts have been acknowledged on the league website in a report outlining its talking points.
“Key to their big total was the sharp shooting of goal shooter Joyce Mvula who netted a huge 60 goals for the league leaders.
“It takes the Malawi international to over 600 goals for this season and she’ll have the chance to beat last season’s total of 699 with at least four more games for Thunder to play, having already qualified for the play-offs,” reads the report posted on netballsl.com.
The league’s Twitter page also hailed Mvula’s showing in the Rhinos match: “This. Just This. Joyce Mvula with a stunning buzzer beater.”
Mvula is now second on the top scorers’ list with 608 goals while Ugandan Peace Proscovia, who plays for Surrey Storm, leads with 738.
Thunder have been standout performers in the league this season and are hoping to clinch the title in the Grand Final on June 5.
Another Queens star Towera Vinkhumbo, a Strathclyde Sirens goalkeeper, is also second in two statistics categories.
In the most intercepts category, Vinkhumbo has 49 while leader Layla Guscoth has 52.
The former Kukoma Diamonds stalwart is engaged in a tight race with Shaquanda Green-Noel of Celtic Dragons in the turnovers category. Green- Noel leads with 91 against Vinkhumbo’s 90. .
Mvula’s Thunder are at the summit of the table with 51 points from 17 matches while Vinkhumbo and her Sirens are languishing on position nine with 15 points from 16 matches.
Vinkhumbo is expected to return to action tomorrow when Sirens take on London Pulse whereas Mvula will be on the court on Sunday for Thunder’s encounter against Saracens Mavericks.
The two stars are expected to lead the Queens at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, in July this year.