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Mvula thunders Ngwira’s pulse

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By Mphatso Malidadi:

Malawi national netball team shooter, Joyce Mvula, stepped off the bench to help Manchester Thunder return to winning ways as they demolished Lauren Ngwira’s London Pulse 71-42 in a Vitality Netball Super League match at Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland.

Thunder also overpowered Pulse 62-47 in the first round.

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The result means Mvula has bragging rights over her compatriot Ngwira.

According to Thunder’s website, Head Coach Karen Greig opted for a slightly different starting seven, admitting that it was a tactical decision in the hope of resting some legs ahead of yesterday’s match against Loughborough Lightning.

The first half saw Thunder take an early lead but it was not until the second half, and the final quarter in particular, that the Black and Yellows began to rack up the goals to increase that all important goal difference at the top of the table.

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Thunder headed into the break 10 goals to the good, the perfect opportunity for Greig to make some changes and sample some of the bench.

Laura Malcolm came on at wing defence as Amy Carter moved to centre and O’Hanlon rested on the bench. Joyce Mvula took her goal shooter spot as Cardwell rested after a solid first-half performance.

On the other hand, Pulse were expected to face Strathclyde Sirens.

Netball Association of Malawi General Secretary, Carol Bapu, said it was important that both Mvula and Ngwira enjoy game time at their respective clubs.

“We need them to be in shape for the World Netball Cup in July,” Bapu said.

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