Local netball has a perfect opportunity to market itself to the world with the continued outstanding performance of Malawi National Netball Team stars Joyce Mvula and Towera Vinkhumbo.
The two are undoubtedly among the best netballers in England’s Vitality Netball Superleague, where they are now in all six categories of performance statistics.
After missing out on the league’s top five in the most goals category since the 2021 season threw off on February 12, Manchester Thunder’s Mvula has finally made the cut and is on position five with 87 goals from three matches.
The former Blue Eagles stalwart stands a chance to go further up the table as she has played the least number of matches compared to four other players.
According to netballsl.com, Ugandan Mary Cholhok of Loughborough Lightning leads the list with 165 goals from four matches, followed by Surrey Storm’s Karyn Bailey, who has netted 136 times in five assignments.
Celtic Dragons’ Amy Clinton is third with 102 goals from four matches while Rachel Dunn of Wasps Netball lies fourth after hitting the target 101 times, also in four fixtures.
Mvula is third in the shot-success category with 95.6 percent with leader Donnell Wallam of Leeds Rhinos and second-placed Severn Stars’ Georgia Rowe managing 96.97 and 95.83 percent, respectively.
Strathclyde Sirens’ Vinkhumbo has made the top three in statistics categories of most intercepts, most penalties, most turnovers and most deflections after four matches.
The former Diamonds icon is tied on 12 intercepts with Lightning’s Alice Harvey and Razia Quashie of Saracens Mavericks but is third, with Harvey leading the list and Quashie coming second.
The Malawian’s defensive duties have seen her concede 49 penalties, behind Surrey Storm’s Leah Middleton and Alima Priest who have conceded 73 and 67 times, respectively.
Middleton and Vinkhumbo continue to battle in the most turnovers category with the former leading with 19 while the latter has 17 on second position.
Vinkhumbo is third in the most deflections category where she is at par on 12 with Quashie and Severn Stars’ Lucy Herdman. Herdman comes second while Middleton leads with 15.
Mvula and Vinkhumbo are also featuring highly on netballscoop.com.
The website has placed Mvula on second position in the average goals per match category with 29 while Cholhok leads with 38.25.
Vinkhumbo is second on the total average deflections list with three, against leader Middleton’s 3.3.
The Malawian is tied on three average interceptions per match with Quashie while in the average penalties conceded per match, Vinkhumbo is fourth with 12.25.
Netballscop.com describes Vinkhumbo as an impressive addition to Sirens’ defensive line after joining the side late in pre-season to replace South African Zanele Vimbela, who was ruled out of the season through injury.
“Vinkhumbo has seized this opportunity and is running the Sirens defensive show, picking up an impressive three intercepts and deflections on average per game. Her ability to turn these tips into gains has been so important for Sirens, something which will only get even better with time, as she continues to develop her connection with her new teammates,” reads a report on the online publication.
Mvula returns to action on Friday, when Thunder take on Team Bath with both sides hoping to upstage leaders Lightning.
Thunder and Team Bath are tied on nine points after playing three matches each, with Friday’s winner standing a chance of cruising to the summit on goal difference.
Lightning lead with 12 points and a narrow goal difference of 79 against Thunder’s 77. But Team Bath will need to score more while conceding less as they have a goal difference of 41.
Thunder are back in action on Saturday against Wasps Netball while Lightning will line up against Storm.
Vinkhumbo’s Sirens return to the court on Sunday against Mavericks.