Australia-based Mwawi Kumwenda’s sheer quality once again shone like a beacon on Saturday when she was named most valuable player (MVP) after inspiring her team Melbourne Vixens to 62-54 victory over NSW Swifts.
Vixens, according to a match report on ESPN, dominated their opponents in a convincing 60-minute performance to score a 62-54 Super Netball win at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney.
They won all the quarters and built on their 35-30 halftime lead to ensure a comfortable round nine victory, placing them alongside Sunshine Coast Lightning at the top of the ladder after nine rounds.
Vixens play Lightning next round in Melbourne.
Kumwenda scored 37 goals at 93 percent accuracy for the Vixens and in the process got voted as MVP for the second time since joining the Suncorp Super Netball League. Her striking partner, goal attack Tegan Philip chipped in with the remaining 25 goals.
At the other end, Sam Wallace continued her impressive season for the Swifts, scoring 37 goals from 39 attempts.
In an interview from Melbourne soon after the match, Kumwenda was on cloud nine following her exploits.
“We are on the top of the log table after the victory today. I am very happy to have played a big part in this success. My team mates were wonderful as they passed the ball well. They read my movements well and that is the reason I did well. I thank God that we are strong contenders for the league,” she said.
She added that it will be a great achievement for her to win the league in her first season.
“We just need not get carried away but work hard and focus on each fixture with great intensity. It is still a long way to go,” said the former Escom Sisters goal attacker.
The victory was a relief for Vixens coach Simone McKinnis after the two teams drew 59-59 when they met in the first round.
“It was a good performance from the word go. It is a great win,” she was quoted as saying.