Mwawi Kumwenda has been named in the Suncorp Super Netball League team of the week following her exploits on Saturday night at the Margaret Court Arena where she led her team Melbourne Vixens to a 70-59 comprehensive win over Sunshine Coast Lightening.
Kumwenda had 40 goals from 40 attempts, representing 100 percent shooting accuracy and in the process got named MVP for a second consecutive week.
Her attacking partner Tegan Phillip had 30 goals as Vixens tore Lightening.
“It is not easy in such a top league with world class players to be named in the team of the week. It means my game is progressing. It is a great achievement for me and I am grateful to my teammates, the coach and everyone here,” said Kumwenda in an interview from Melbourne on Monday.
Kumwenda’s team had wins over every other team in the competition this season and sits two points clear at the top of the ladder.
She has been named MVP four times since joining the Suncorp Super Netball League.
While Kumwenda is enjoying a wonderful season, her former club The Mainland Tactix are having a horror start to the 2017 ANZ Premiership season resulting into her former coach and mentor Sue Hawkins resigning.
Tactix have lost five games this season. The worst defeat of them came last week, when they were humiliated 90-41 by the Southern Steel.
That was followed by a 61-46 defeat to the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic which proved to be the final straw for Hawkins, with the Australian coach stepping down in her third season at the helm. In that timeframe, the Tactix won just three of their 31 games.
“Moving forward as a professional coach, there is a time when you have to step aside in the interest of the team,” said Hawkins, who had signed a two-year extension last August.
“I have enjoyed my time with the Tactix and wish them all the best for the rest of the season.”
Kumwenda, while expressing sadness, said she could not comment much.
“I am at a new club and my focus now is helping my team win the league and I will not comment on Tactix,” she said.