Netballer Mwawi Kumwenda unstoppable
MALAWI National Netball Team star shooter, Mwawi Kumwenda, continues to dazzle crowds in Australia’s Super Netball League.
The Malawian was one of the stars during Melbourne Vixens’ 66-55 win over Queensland Firebirds yesterday with a top score of 43 goals from 47 attempts.
The win helped Vixens extended their unbeaten streak in Super Netball to eight games with an 11-goal win over Firebirds at Hisense Arena. The result also lifted the Vixens to 19 points, three clear of second- placed Giants, who have a game to play.
According to a Sunday Morning Herald online report, Vixens led from start to finish in a complete performance as the fifth- placed Firebirds remain adrift of a finals spot, with three rounds remaining.
The home side’s defence proved just as damaging, with Emily Mannix and Jo Weston containing the Firebird’s towering shooter Romelda Aiken to 42 goals from 53 attempts.
With their season on the line, the Firebirds came to disrupt the Vixens’ game and early on they looked to shut down the centre pass and apply fierce defence throughout the court.
The Vixens did not have it all their own way in a highly physical encounter but adapted well and went to the first break four-goals to the good.
Firebirds defender Gretel Tippet’s shove in the back of Vixens defender Weston deep in the second quarter sent her opponent to the floor and showed how much each goal meant as the hosts extended their lead to nine goal at halftime.
Tension was high, yet the cool shooting of Mwawi continued and built an advantage that stretched out to 14 goals at the final break.
The Firebirds did not give up though and fought back to win the final quarter.
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