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Joyce Mvula, Lauren Ngwira dazzle England netball

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Malawi national netball team players Joyce Mvula and Lauren Ngwira were on cloud nine after winning player-of-the-match awards in their respective games in England’s Vitality Netball Super League on Saturday.

Mvula inspired Manchester Thunder to beat leaders and defending champions Wasps 53-42 at Manchester Arena to lift the accolade.

Similarly, Ngwira picked her second best player accolade since moving to England following her brilliant performance in defence when she helped Team Northumbria to beat Celtic Dragons 58-47 in a bottom-of-the-table clash.

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Team Northumbria took a narrow 12-11 lead after quarter one but dominated the second quarter and led 30-23 at half time.

Mvula was particularly thrilled on social media after helping Thunder to move to within three points of leaders Wasps.

Thunder have moved to second position alongside Loughborough Lightning. Both teams have 33 points while leaders and defending champions Wasps have 36 points.

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All the top three sides have played 14 games apiece.

Netball Association of Malawi General Secretary, Carol Bapu, applauded the duo for the outstanding performance.

“Winning such awards is a reflection of Malawi’s quality in netball. This is good for our netball because it will help us progress. I am not surprised with Joyce’s achievement because she has been doing well all along. Lauren has also been particularly impressive. It is not easy for defenders and goalkeepers to win such awards,” Bapu said.

Malawi’s first netball export, Mwawi Kumwenda, is also enjoying a rich vein of form at Melbourne Vixens in Australia, having also hogged the limelight in New Zealand.

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