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Queens stars Joyce Mvula, Towera Vinkhumbo shine in England

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Carol Bapu

Malawi National Netball Team star players Towera Vinkhumbo and Joyce Mvula put up five-star performances for their respective teams in England’s Vitality Netball Superleague on Sunday.

The duo’s outstanding performances inspired their teams to vital wins which took them to the top of the table, with Mvula’s topping the table on goal difference.

Mvula emerged Player-of-the-Match in Manchester Thunder’s 60-27 thumping of Severn Stars while Vinkhumbo was also impressive as her team Strathclyde Sirens edged London Pulse 35-30.

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According to netballsl.com, Vinkhumbo put in a shift to turnover ball and stop the London side from narrowing the gap further while Mvula linked well with Eleanor Cardwell in the shooting circle.

Sky Sports described Mvula as relentless.

“In attack, Thunder remained as cohesive and efficient as ever, with Laura Malcolm and Amy Carter finding the relentless Joyce Mvula easily,” reads a Sky Sports report.

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The renowned online news publisher also lavished praise on Vinkhumbo, hailing her performance as impressive.

“The introduction of Olivia Tchine, Lefebre Rademan and Ash Dekker worked well but Sirens remained composed in defence, with Towera Vinkhumbo impressing once again,” it’s report reads.

Sunday’s matches resulted in four teams being tied on nine points, with Thunder taking the lead courtesy of a better goal difference.

The defending champions, who sensationally maintained a 100 percent record in three matches, have a goal difference of 77 against second-placed Loughborough Lightning’s 51 from four assignments.

Vinkhumbo’s Sirens are also on nine points but lie fourth with a goal difference of 11 from four matches.

Netball Association of Malawi General Secretary Carol Bapu congratulated the pair for their consistency.

“Towera and Joyce put in their best each time they are on the court. We are happy with their performance. Such great performances by our players at club level will help our national team when the time comes for us to play. We only appeal to them not to be satisfied with what they have achieved so far as they have more games to play,” Bapu said.

However, Thunder’s stay at the summit could be short-lived as Lightning were in action against Stars last evening.

A win would take Lightning to 12 points, three clear of Thunder, who would remain with a game in hand.

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