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Mwawi inspires Vixens to league title

Lifts Player-of-the-Match award

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Malawian netball icon Mwawi Kumwenda was the star of the show in Australia’s Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) 2020 Grand Final when she inspired her team, Melbourne Vixens, to the title with a Player-of-the-Match performance.

Vixens ran out 66-64 winners over West Coast Fever in a thrilling final that went down to the wire at Nissan Arena in Brisbane.

Mwawi’s team went on to become the first minor premiers to go on and clinch the championship at the conclusion of a rollercoaster season seriously challenged by the Covid-19 pandemic

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Despite missing a super shot on the buzzer, Mwawi finished the game with an outstanding 47 goals from 50 shots to earn herself praises from various publications.

According to theguardian.com, this was the Malawi international’s most impressive outing all season.

“For Kumwenda’s MVP [most valuable player] honours, this was an affair replete with individual excellence,” reads part of the online publication’s match report.

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Another publication, abc. net.au, reported that Mwawi stepped up to the challenge and repeatedly defied the law of physics throughout the match.

“As Liz Ellis put it, Kumwenda used every inch of the goal circle and showing incredible balance to take feed after feed over her shoulder with the tips of her toes on the baseline, just outside the Fever’s reach.

“Kumwenda’s composure under pressure and ability to convert at key times (47/50 at 94 per cent) saw her named the grand final player of the match,” reads the report.

Vixens Coach, Simone McKinnis, told Vixens’ website that Mwawi played a critical role in the remarkable victory.

“MJ [Mwawi] got player of the match [and] Courtney’s [Bruce] been playing really well – she’s been getting a lot of ball and putting a lot of pressure on opposition, so MJ played a critical role in…keeping her busy, but also with the feeders not having any fear putting the ball over to MJ because she’s going to get it, and she did…and finished it really well,” McKinnis said.

Besides winning the maiden title, Vixens also broke the hoodoo of no SSN minor premier going on to lift the Premiership Trophy at season’s end.

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