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Malawi finally in 6 Vitality Netball Superleague categories

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Top netballers Joyce Mvula and Towera Vinkhumbo have finally made sure that Malawi is represented in all outstanding performance categories in the United Kingdom’s Vitality Netball Superleague.

The league has been analysing players’ performances after every round of matches since the season threw off on February 12 and ranks them from positions one to five in six categories.

The categories are most goals, shot success, most intercepts, most penalties, most turnovers and most deflections.

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Mvula, who plays for defending champions Manchester Thunder, is second in the most goals category with 342 goals in 11 appearances.

She trails leader Ugandan Mary Cholhok, a Loughborough Lightning shooter, who has 439 goals with the same number of appearances.

In the shot success category, Mvula is fourth with a conversion rate of 92.68 percent from a total of 369 shots.

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Severn Stars’ Georgia Rowe leads the category with a conversion rate of 94.24 percent after banging in 229 goals from 243 attempts.

Vinkhumbo, a Strathclyde Sirens goalkeeper, leads the most intercepts category with 37 intercepts, 10 ahead of second-placed Layla Guscoth of Team Bath Netball.

The Malawian is also at the summit of the most turnovers category with 59, six better than Wasps Netball’s Josie Huckle who is second.

In the most penalties category, Vinkhumbo is third with 128 penalties against leader Leah Middleton’s (Surrey Storm) 135.

Vinkhumbo completes Malawi’s full representation in all the categories at position three on the most deflections list, having amassed 39 deflections. Thunder’s Kerry Almond leads the category with 48.

Vinkhumbo put the icing on the cake with a Player-of-the-Match performance in Sirens’ 33-46 win over Storm.

The former Diamonds stalwart said she was excited to have bagged her second award.

“I thank God for the Player-of-the-Match awards which I got from the two games against Loughborough Lightning and Surrey Storm.

“I am super proud of my teammates for the relentless effort which they put in these games. I am happy for the three points which we got from the Surrey Storm match,” she said.

Vinkhumbo has another chance to add on to her haul as Sirens take on Severn Stars on Sunday in round 12.

Thunder are third on the table with 27 points from 11 matches while leaders Team Bath have 30 points after featuring the same number of assignments.

The defending champions trail second-placed Lightning on an inferior goal difference of 153 against 185.

Sirens are seventh with 14 points from 11 matches.

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