Joyce Mvula, Towera Vinkhumbo in mixed fortunes

Vinkhumbo rises, Mvula falters in Vitality Netball Superleague statistics

Joyce Mvula

There is no stopping Malawi National Netball Team star Towera Vinkhumbo as she continues with her quest for glory in England’s Vitality Netball Superleague.

The same cannot be said about her compatriot Joyce Mvula, who has disappeared from the most goals and shot success categories.

After lifting the Player-of-the-Match accolade during her team Strathclyde Sirens’ 34-all stalemate with Saracens Mavericks on Sunday, Vinkhumbo is now top in two of the five statistics’ leaders of the week categories.


The five-star showing helped her to emerge the best in rounds five and six of the league, with 10 gains and eight intercepts.

Ugandan Mary Cholhok leads the most goals category with 40 while Sienna Rushton tops the most offensive rebounds count with five.

Lucy Herdman is at the summit of the most defensive rebounds after amassing four.


Statistics on the league’s website indicate that Vinkhumbo is among the top five in four out of six categories.

She tops the most intercepts list with 22 and is fifth in the penalties category with 67. The Malawian turnovers list with 29. is at the summit of the most

Vinkhumbo is fourth in the most deflections category with 17. She only misses out in the most goals and shot success lists as she is a goalkeeper/ defender.

A analysis of the rounds’ action describes Vinkhumbo as a true force to be reckoned with during the Mavericks match.

“Vinkhumbo really took advantage of the lack of control Mavericks had at many points during the game. Her ability to read players and the game meant that she could pick off every pass from Mavericks making it extremely hard for them to penetrate into the circle.

“Mavericks were able to bring the ball through court from their defensive interceptions and tips, but unable to capitalise due to Vinkhumbo and [Emily] Nicholl’s pressure, set up and presence,” reads the analysis.

It hails Vinkhumbo for unsettling the Mavericks circle with her interceptions, and disruptions causing one of the best sights all weekend.

“It would be unfair if Vinkhumbo was not the first mentioned as she read the game perfectly and Mavericks’ usual style of play was unable to survive during this game. Vinkhumbo caused all types of disruption for Mavericks and took advantage of every mistake which, paired with Emily Nicholl’s excellent defensive pressure, meant that Sirens were able to break down Mavericks attack.

“Vinkhumbo again showed her talent and, along with her defensive unit, played outstandingly; they seemed well drilled and ball hungry throughout!” the analysis concludes.

The former Diamonds stalwart has a chance to tighten her grip at the top as Sirens take on Wasps Netball on Sunday before locking horns with Team Bath Netball the following day.

Mvula continues to miss out in the league’s top five scorers after her team Manchester Thunder lost two matches back-to-back.

She is also out of the shot success category despite being Thunder’s top shooter.

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