Peninsula Waves on Wednesday night ensured their Victorian Netball League title campaign is on track when they saw off VU Western Lightning 46-35 at State Netball-Hockey Centre.
Star shooter Mwawi Kumwenda, who got deserved praise from coach Claire Houben, scored 35 baskets out of 43 attempts and combined well with Stace Protoco in attack.
“Mwawi had a great game and we expect nothing less from her, to be honest, because she is just such a strong goaler. She shot at 90 per cent,” she said.
Waves captain Holly-Ann Hood played a large part in the victory with her energy and her ability to direct the traffic from the centre position was first rate.
Last week, Mwawi also inspired Waves’ success over Booroondara Genesis which ended 42-41. Mwawi scored 35 baskets out of 38 attempts.
“When you see the quality of our opponents, it was a very tough game and a very good win,” Houben said on the club’s website.
She also praised Haynes who was solid in defence.
“She is a very talented player and I think she just needs to believe in herself and believe how good she could be,” Houben said.
Mwawi gave credit to her fellow players.
“The girls put up a great performance and we deserved to win. Tonight’s victory was special because, as a team, we are yet to recover from the loss against VU in the championship [last season]. Everyone is happy tonight,” she said.