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Mwawi Kumwenda hopes for better season

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Malawian netball icon Mwawi Kumwenda has started preseason training with her Australia Suncorp Super Netball League side Melbourne Vixens with the hope of winning back the title they surrendered last season.

The sixth season of the league commences on March 26, the earliest starting date since the inaugural 2017 season.

According to the league’s website, the season will start and finish earlier than previous years due to the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.

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Kumwenda said she was in great shape and looking forward to inspiring her team to the title.

“We have been training for two weeks now. Pre-season training is usually tough because you need to train for several months before the season kicks off.

“What we are doing now is also good for me as it is helping my fitness levels to be very high. I am happy to be training with the girls this year as we aim at coming back stronger,” she said.

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Netball Australia CEO Kelly Ryan told supernetball.com.au that the league had balanced its commitment to deliver a 60-game season in 2022 while preparing for the Commonwealth Games.

“We’re thrilled that a start date has been locked away, now our clubs and stakeholders have a date to work towards and fans can start to get excited for the start of the season.

“The 2022 season marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the Suncorp Super Netball competition, as we commence a new five-year broadcast deal with the Foxtel Group.

“The Commonwealth Games is one of the biggest stages for our sport, and we have brought forward the season to ensure the Australian Diamonds and international athletes have the best possible preparation,” Ryan said.

Kumwenda missed out on Malawi National Netball Team’s recent Pent Series and Africa Netball Cup campaigns in Namibia because of Covid travel restrictions.

It is expected though that she will link up with teammates for the first time since 2018 at the Commonwealth Games, where the Queens are in the same group as giants England and New Zealand.

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