Malawi netball superstar, Mwawi Kumwenda, was in her true elements on Monday when inspiring her New Zealand side, Mainland Tactix, to a first win of the 2016 trans-Tasman ANZ Championship.
The league’s website reports that a screaming “sea of red” helped carry Tactix to a pulsating 56-55 victory over the SKYCITY Mystics at Christchurch.
“It was a win by a small margin, but that is all we needed for the victory. We are stronger together,” said the newly-crowned International World Games Association Athlete of-the Year 2015.
Tactix had urged their fans to wear the club’s traditional red colours during the game as both sides were desperate to secure their first victory for 2016.
“Up 15-10 going into the second spell, the Mystics grew in strength to be seven goals up. Tuivaiti became another casualty, leaving the court to get her hand strapped, and Megan Craig came on. Again the Mystics used the new replacement rule wisely, and Tuivaiti returned to the game just before halftime,” the website reports.
“But in her absence, the Tactix had reinforced their attack. [Bailey] Mes and Kumwenda displaying textbook communication, and the Tactix won the quarter by one. But still they trailed by four, 27-23, at halftime.”
“Mes and Kumwenda continued to have the crowd spellbound with their understanding, and brilliantly fed by Erikana Pedersen, the Tactix drew level 41-41 right on the third quarter final whistle,” the report concluded.
Kumwenda is now the second best shooter in the league this season with 91.5 percent scoring accuracy after converting 130 out of 142 attempts.
Caitlin Bassett of West Coast Fever leads with 93 percent conversion rate earned from 160 goals from 172 attempts.
Tactic are second on the log table of the New Zealand stream of the league with three points after registering a win, a draw and two losses, whereas Southend top the standings on seven points from four outings.
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