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Malawians in 5 out of 6 categories in UK’s Vitality Netball Superleague

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Top netballers Joyce Mvula and Towera Vinkhumbo continue to do Malawi proud with outstanding performances that have seen them brush shoulders with the best in five out of six categories in the United Kingdom’s Vitality Netball Superleague.

The categories reflect players’ overall performances since throw-off of the season on February 12 and are updated every weekend.

After round nine matches played over the weekend, goal shooter Mvula has risen to second position in the most goals category with 268 goals in nine appearances.

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Ugandan Mary Cholhok continues to lead with 336 goals from the same number of appearances.

Mvula, who plays for defending champions Manchester Thunder, is fifth in the shot success category after converting 268 goals from 290 attempts, a conversion rate of 92.41 percent.

Leeds Rhinos’ Donnell Wallam leads the category with 64 goals from 66 attempts and a conversion rate of 96.97 percent.

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According to netballscoop.com, Mvula continued to dominate scoring for Thunder.

“Cardwell put up 25 attempts to Joyce Mvula’s 38. This was similar to their win only took 19 shots compared to Mvula’s 32. This decrease in shooting volume is a change from their Round 5 and 6 losses versus Bath and Wasps, where Cardwell was putting up more, or equal, shots to Mvula. Cardwell seems to be working out how to play as a Goal Attacker again, taking on more of a feeding role and moving to make space for Thunder’s Wing Attack and Centre to feed Mvula,” reads the online publication’s analysis. over Rhinos, where Cardwell

Strathclyde Sirens’ goal defender Vinkhumbo is at the summit of the most intercepts category with 31, four ahead of Razia Quashie who plays for Saracens Mavericks.

Vinkhumbo is also the best in the most turnovers category with 45 while second-placed Lucy Herdman of Severn Stars has 41.

In the most penalties list, Vinkhumbo is fourth after amassing 100. London Pulse’s Halimot Adio leads the category with 127.

The most deflections category is the only one that has no Malawian.

Vinkhumbo’s statistics are likely to change tomorrow as Sirens line up against Loughborough Lightning before taking on Surrey Storm on Saturday.

Mvula will be in action on Sunday and Monday when Thunder face Storm and Rhinos, respectively.

In the weekend action, Thunder edged Lightning 59- 50 on Sunday before beating Mavericks 37-59 the following day.

The two wins saw Thunder cruising to second position with 21 points from nine matches, three points behind leaders Team Bath Netball who have played the same number of matches.

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