Australia-based Malawian shooter Mwawi Kumwenda yesterday helped Vixens mantain a 100 percent winning record in the 2020 Suncorp Super Netball with a 78-50 win over hosts Queensland Firebirds at Nissan Arena.
Scoring 25 baskets, including four super shots that the league has introduced to spice up the games’ excitement, the 30-year-old lofty shooter helped the visitors get a second straight win of the season.
The 28-basket victory is a big improvement from the 11-basket win Vixens earned in their opening match last Sunday when they beat Collingwood Magpies 63-52.
In an interview yesterday, Mwawi, who was sidelined for a year due to a knee injury before playing her full game on Sunday, attributed the victory to hard work and team work.
“Since our opening match, we have improved a lot in our performance. We have now settled down to play comfortably as a team. Expect more of such action in the next outings because, as a team, we are now stronger than ever,” she said.
Yesterday, Mwawi was in the starting line-up and she put up a sublime performance in the three quarters she played.
A match report on Suncorp Super Netball website supernetball.com.au, explained that there was a “one-way traffic” for the star-studded Vixens from the first quarter as the side led 16-13 and 21-38 by half-time break although the hosts put up a great resistance.
“[Firebird 1.9m-tall goalkeeper] debutante Rudy Ellis gave as good as she got against Mwawi Kumwenda, with two rebounds and two deflections in the first term,” the report stated.
“Firebird Romelda Aiken shot 35 goals for the home side but there was little else to soothe the sting of defeat.”