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Joyce Mvula prevails over Loreen Ngwira

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By Peter Kanjere:

Shooter Joyce Mvula prevailed over compatriot Loreen Ngwira when their respective teams battled for England’s Vitality Netball Superleague honours on Monday night.

Mvula, whose parent club is Lilongwe’s Blue Eagles Sisters, steered Manchester Thunder to a 62-47 win over defender Ngwira’s London Pulse.

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Ngwira seemed to have caged Mvula in the early stages of the game but tactical changes saw the shooter steering Thunder to victory.

Ngwira’s manager, Natalie Swift, Tuesday confirmed that her client had mixed fortunes in the game.

“She kept Joyce very quiet and did a good job. Manchester Thunder then put on Ellie Cardwell who matched Loreen in height, but Loreen still stayed strong.

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“Loreen was substituted in the third quarter, but then introduced back in the last quarter. London Pulse could not quite maintain shooting consistency and Manchester Thunder went on to win,” Swift said.

It was Ngwira’s second game since switching from another English team, Northumbria, while Mvula is into her second season with Thunder.

The former Tigresses player (Ngwira) made a debut for Pulse last week in a 51-49 win over Severn Stars.

Thunder are on second place of the 10-member log table with nine points from three games whereas Pulse sit second from bottom with three points from four matches.

Both players are regulars for the Malawi netball Queens, who will participate in the World Championship to take place in London in August 2019.

Australia’s Melbourne Vixens’ star Mwawi Kumwenda is another foreign-based Malawian netballer she will miss the world event due to injury.

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