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Melbourne coach praises Mwawi for Player of the Match performance

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Melbourne Vixens Coach, Simone McKinnis, has hailed Malawi national netball team iconic shooter Mwawi Kumwenda for her Player of the Match performance in a 62-55 victory over NSW Swifts.

The win helped Vixens to all but secure Australia’s 2020 Suncorp Super Netball Minor Premiership on Monday night.

Vixens’ website reported that their shooting circle was once again formidable with Mwawi and Caitlin Thwaites playing out the entire 60 minutes at goal shooter and attack, respectively, for the first time this season.

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McKinnis was quoted as saying Mwawi was amazing.

“MJ [was] amazing in the circle there but with Caitlin out the front at goal attack and the work that we did out the front was instrumental in getting the ball to her. I think it’s important that we have that variation and not be predictable in what we do.

“I think we have certainly improved in being able to hit any of them in that circle and be putting that ball in, and certainly Caitlin has a great high release to put that ball in to MJ as well,” she said.

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Melbournevixens.com.au reports that Kumwenda was breathtaking at the shooter position, playing arguably her best game since rupturing her anterior cruciate ligament in 2018.

She shot at an incredible 94.1 percent – missing just one of the regulation one-point shots she attempted, as well as picking up two deflections. Deservingly, she was named Nissan’s Player of the Match.

Mwawi said she felt great with beating a team that dominated them last season.

“I feel great. It’s good to get a win always, and because last week we were very disappointed that we got a draw. I feel good…because last year they [Swifts] beat us twice, or three times…when we’re playing against Swifts it’s always tough, so I’m just proud of my team and how they played today,” she said after the match.

Vixens’ next match is against Collingwood Magpies at Brisbane’s Nissan Arena on Saturday.

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