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Towera Vinkhumbo shines again

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Malawi National Netball Team defender Towera Vinkhumbo continues to shine like a twinkling star in England’s Vitality Netball Superleague, where she is leading with the most intercepts and turnovers.

Vinkhumbo, who plays for Strathclyde Sirens, went into the weekend third on the list of players with the most intercepts at 12, just one short of leader Alice Harvey of Lightning.

The Malawian was fourth on the penalties list with 49. On the list of most turnovers, Vinkhumbo was third with 17.

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She had also made 12 deflections in the four matches she had played and was fourth on the statistics table, just three short of leader Leah Middleton of Surrey Storm.

But things have taken a good turn for Vinkhumbo after rounds five and six of the league, with matches being played from Friday to yesterday evening.

The weekend action saw her taking over the lead among players with the most intercepts and turnovers.

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Ahead of yesterday’s matches, the former Diamonds stalwart had managed 20 intercepts while second-placed Razia Quashie of Saracens Mavericks had 18.

In the most turnovers category, Vinkhumbo continues to go neck-and-neck with Quashie after playing five matches each.

The Queens defence pillar, who also plays for the Malawi National Women’s Football Team, has 27 turnovers against Quashie’s 24.

But Vinkhumbo was not as lucky in the most deflections category, where she has been booted out of the top five.

She is also no longer among the top five in the most penalties category.

However, Vinkhumbo could return to the two categories and extend her lead in the most turnovers and intercepts categories as Sirens were in action against Leeds Rhinos last evening.

Sirens lie fifth on the table with 10 points, eight behind leaders Loughborough Lightning, who have played seven matches.

Joyce Mvula’s Manchester Thunder are languishing in sixth position with nine points from five matches.

Thunder started the weekend with a 60-35 loss to Team Bath Netball before suffering a 44-53 defeat to Wasps Netball.

Sirens shared points with Saracens Mavericks after a 34-all stalemate.

Queens coach Peace Chawinga-Kalua said she closely monitors players plying their trade in other countries.

“I link up with my players before they play matches. We also communicate afterwards. Both Joyce and Towera are always in touch with me. We also have a WhatsApp forum for the senior national team players as well as the technical panel. This helps in challenging players to up their game all the time.

“I have challenged our players to continue training individually so that, when we come together for camp training, they should not struggle. It is good that Joyce and Towera are doing well in England. This is good for our national team,” Chawinga-Kalua said.

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