Malawi National Netball Team superstar Joyce Mvula reached the 100-game milestone for United Kingdom Vitality Netball Superleague side Manchester Thunder in style as she inspired the team to a record-breaking 88-57 win over Wasps on Saturday.
Thunder celebrated Mvula’s achievement through messages posted on their Twitter and Facebook pages ahead of the match, describing her as a sharp shooter.
“Also welcomed to the 100 club is our Malawi Queen and sharp shooter Joyce Mvula. Today will be her 100th game with us, and with a shooting rate of 92 percent and 699 goals just last season, we can tell you overall in her 100 games she has scored.. a heck of a lot,” the message reads.
Writing on her Twitter page, Mvula described the milestone as a dream come true.
“Dreams do come true. 100 times representing @thundernetball on the court…..a pure blessing,” she wrote.
Mvula made the occasion truly special by scoring the first goal of the match before netting 37 others.
Her performance in the match was also outstanding as acknowledged by a netballsl.com match report.
“Wasps captain Josie Huckle was locked in a heated battle against Thunder’s Joyce Mvula, who proved difficult to pin down beneath the net. Mvula racked up a number of goals to put her side 17-23 ahead at the end of the quarter.
“Capitalising on every minor Wasps’ mistake, the visitors charged ahead in this third period through the relentlessly accurate shooting of Eleanor Cardwell and Mvula,” the report reads.
The win cemented Thunder’s position at the summit of the table with 45 points from 15 matches. Loughborough Lightning are second with 39 points from 14 games.
Thunder look on course to lift the title as they are the only unbeaten team in the league.
It was a different story for Mvula’s Queens compatriot, goal keeper Towera Vinkhumbo, whose Strathclyde Sirens continued to struggle with a 52-46 loss to Lightning also on Saturday.
Sirens are eighth on the table with 12 points from 13 matches.