Malawi’s netball icon, Mwawi Kumwenda, celebrated her 31st birthday with a Player of the Match performance in Melbourne Vixens’58-54 victory over Sunshine Coast Lightning Sunday.
The result helped the high-flying Vixens to round up their preparations for Australia’s Super Netball finals series with the two sides meeting again in Saturday’s major semi-final.
The minor premiers took the honours in the dress rehearsal at USC Stadium to finish 10 points clear of the second-placed Lightning.
According to abc.net.au, Kumwenda was in a class of her own with a 43-of-44 shooting — including one super shot — to guide Vixens to their 11th win of the season.
“It’s always hard when you’re playing against the Lightning, you just need to go hard every time because they are a good team,” she said.
Kumwenda piled on 10 goals without a miss in that stretch to seal the victory.
Another online publication, smh.com.au, reported that Kumwenda was sharp as ever under the net.
It quoted Kumwenda as having paid tribute to Vixens and her teammate Watson, who played her 100th game on the day.
“She is an amazing player. I love playing with her. I’m feeling good, because of the girls … I’ve been getting all the support from Melbourne Vixens [following a serious knee injury], so I’m very lucky.
“It’s always tough when you are playing, you need to go hard every time. It’s a good team [the Lightning], I’m playing against [Phumza] Maweni, she is one of the best defenders in the world,” she was quoted as saying.
The winner of the semi-final goes straight to the grand final while the loser plays the winner of the minor semi-final between West Coast Fever and NSW Swifts for the other spot in the decider.