If [Mwawi] Kumwenda won the battle, Melbourne [Vixens] won the war. This is how The Guardian website www.ampguardin.com yesterday described the Malawi Queens shooter’s contribution to Vixens’ 66-64 victory over West Coast Fever in the Super Netball Grand final.
“A classic one, at that, and one fast enough to test our touch-typing capacity,” states the report in part.
For sure, this was not an exaggeration as Kumwenda was outstanding on the court and helped her Australian club win its maiden grand title.
She scored 47 goals from 50 attemps. No wonder she ended up winning the individual Most Valuable Player (MVP) accolade.
In 2017, Kumwenda saw her hopes of even playing in the inaugural Super Netball Grand Final going up in smoke when Vixens lost 65-57 to Giants in the competition’s preliminary final.
“Winning this grand final is the very special thing to me and my country. It feels great to see my dream of winning a grand title in the best netball league in the world come true,” said Kumwenda.
It is indeed no mean achievement for the 31-year-old Puma brand ambassador, having spent almost a year on the sidelines following a knee injury, but has enjoyed a fruitful 2020 season, shooting at more than 90 percent accuracy.
Malawi Queens coach Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa was all praises for the towering shooter for once again putting Malawi netball on the international map.
“This has been a fantastic season for Mwawi. It was not easy for her to come from an injury and have such a wonderful form. She has made us proud,” she said.