Malawi national netball team’s trio shooter Joyce Mvula and defenders Lauren Ngwira and Towera Vinkhumbo-Nyirenda were the centre of attraction in Vitality Netball Superleague in the United Kingdom on Saturday.
Ngwira and Mvula combined to inspire champions Manchester Thunder to defeat Vinkhumbo- Nyirenda’s Severn Stars 65-56 at the University of Worcester Arena.
It was Thunders’ second successive win having defeated Wasp in their opener 62-55.
Ngwira and Vinkhumbo- Nyirenda started the game whereas Mvula was introduced at half time when Thunders were narrowly leading 26-30 to cushion the lead.
According to manchesterthunder.co.uk, Thunder Coach Karen Greig brought on Caroline O’Hanlon at centre for the second quarter to allow the black and yellows to start pulling away increasing their lead to four at half time break 26-30.
“Greig rang the changes for the third quarter bringing on Malawi Queen Joyce Mvula at goal shooter, Amy Carter on to wing defence and Rebekah Airey to goal keeper. Dovey did her best to drive her team forward but the ball was going in to Stars shooter Rowe too easily and former Thunder star Liana Leota started to dictate the game,” reported the site.
Stars won the quarter by one and it brought the crowd to life as it was anyone’s game going into the final quarter (43-36).
The site further stated that player of the match Cardwell was brought back into the game at goal attack and had an immediate impact while Ngwira certainly let Rowe know she was there as Thunder stormed into a 10 goal lead.
Mvula said it was important for all the players to get involved.
“Competition for places is quite high. So everyone is working hard to be in the team. It is good all of us [Malawi players] are playing competitive games,” she said.
Last season, Mvula was voted Skysports fans netballer of the season after helping Thunder win the title.
Netball Association of Malawi General Secretary, Carol Bapu, said it was encouraging that the three were important members at their respective clubs.
“This is why we want to export more players to overseas to help bridge the gap with the top four sides,” she said.