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Joyce Mvula, Towera Vinkhumbo take Malawi to all categories in England

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The Malawian flag continues to fly high in England’s Vitality Netball Superleague where Queens stars Joyce Mvula and Towera Vinkhumbo have ensured that it is there in the top five of all six statistics categories.

The league has been compiling the statistics at the end of each round of matches since the season threw off on February 12.

After about five months of action, Mvula appears among the best five in two categories while Vinkhumbo has also finally made the top five in four categories.

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Mvula, defending champions Manchester Thunder’s top shooter, continues to trail leading scorer Mary Cholhok of Loughborough Lightning.

The Malawian is second with 650 goals from 20 appearances while the Ugandan leads with 772 goals from the same number of appearances.

Mvula also appears among the top five in the shot success category where she has a 92.7 percent conversion rate after scoring her 650 goals from 701 attempts.

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She trails Severn Stars’ Georgia Rowe and Kimberly Borger of Team Bath Netball who have 93.1 and 93.0 percent, respectively.

Strathclyde Sirens’ defender Vinkhumbo tops the most intercepts and most turnovers categories where she has amassed 60 and 93, respectively, from 20 appearances.

In the most deflections category, Vinkhumbo is fifth with 56 against leader Funmi Fadoju (London Pulse) who has 84 from 19 appearances.

The former Diamonds stalwart is second on the most penalties list with 239 while leader Leah Middleton of Surrey Storm has 262.

Mvula and Vinkhumbo came up against each other on Sunday in a match that Thunder won 64-37 to wind up their regular season tied at 51 points with Loughborough Lightning who won the top spot courtesy of a better goal difference.

According to manchesterthunder.co.uk, the two were at the centre of action with Mvula winning the match for Thunder with her 40 goals.

“Thunder’s Malawian queen Joyce Mvula was ruthless with her scoring despite Siren’s keeper, fellow Malawi Towera Vinkhumbo’s best efforts.

“Mvula has scored a mind-blowing 650 goals in the 20 game season, a stat that awards her as the Vitality Netball Superleague’s second highest goal scorer behind Loughborough Lightning’s Mary Cholhok,” reads part of a report on Thunder’s website.

Thunder finished with a goal difference of 265 against Lightning’s 281.

The next match for Thunder is a semi-final encounter against Bath on Saturday before Sunday’s grand final at the Copper Box Arena in London.

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