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Towera Vinkhumbo, Joyce Mvula lead week statistics

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Malawi National Netball Team stars Towera Vinkhumbo and Joyce Mvula continue to dominate United Kingdom’s Vitality Netball Superleague, with round seven statistics favouring them.

Vinkhumbo and Mvula feature highly in the statistics leaders of the week analysis after shining for their respective teams over the weekend.

Mvula tops the most goals category with the 47 that she netted during Manchester Thunder’s 69-33 thrashing of Celtic Dragons.

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Vinkhumbo leads the most intercepts list after amassing five during Strathclyde Sirens’ 47-36 loss to leaders Team Bath.

The former Kukoma Diamonds stalwart shares the lead with Lucy Herdman.

Netballscoop.com hailed Vinkhumbo for her defensive prowess.

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“Defensively, Sirens have been strong, as Goal Keeper Towera Vinkhumbo sits third in the league for deflections and top for both gains and intercepts on 30 across her eight games, nine ahead of Quashie on 21. For Sirens, Towera Vinkhumbo, Emily Nicholl and Taylor Cullen all played vital roles in ensuring Sirens took a point away from this meeting.

“Vinkhumbo led the stats with 4 deflections and 3 interceptions to her name, with this game’s player of the match, Nicholl, not far behind with 3 deflections and 1 interception. Both Christian and Vinkhumbo took the game into their own hands, proving themselves to be leaders out on court,” reads the online publication’s analysis.

The league’s website, netballsl.com, also acknowledged Vinkhumbo’s outstanding qualities.

“A breathless opening quarter saw both sides apply tremendous defensive pressure, with Towera Vinkhumbo excelling for Sirens,” reads the match report.

Vinkhumbo is undoubtedly queen of the overall statistics as she leads in two out of six.

After featuring in eight matches, Vinkhumbo has the most intercepts at 30. She also leads on the most turnovers list after amassing 44.

The Scorchers defender lies third in the most deflections category with 24 against leader Leah Middleton’s 30. On the most penalties list, Vinkhumbo is second with 93.

Mvula’s Player-of-the- Match performance against Dragons saw her return to position five in the most goals category with 168 goals in six matches.

She remains way behind leader Mary Cholhok’s 262 goals from seven matches.

Mvula has also found her way back into the shot success category where she is fifth with 92.31 percent.

The sensational shooter said she is pleased with her team’s return to winning ways.

“We played very well. We had a bad week last week. It’s good we went for training and I just thank my prayers, I couldn’t have done it myself, it’s teamwork. We have to be growing together, everyone has to have the opportunity to come into the court.

“Anything can happen, especially with Covid, what ifs cause anything to happen so we have to be on the same level. We just have to push again, where we’re going is harder so we just have to keep on pushing,” she told netballsl.com.

The win took Thunder to fifth position on the table with 12 points while Sirens are seventh with 11 points.

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