New Zealand netball side Mainland Tactix are banking on their Malawian goal shooter Mwawi Kumwenda’s exploits to inspire them to qualify for the ANZ Championship.
Tactix are second from the bottom in the five-team New Zealand Netball League with five points but can qualify for the championship should they win their last match against Mystics on Saturday at the Trusts Arena in Auckland.
Mystics also have five points but are on third position courtesy of their better aggregate.
Only the top three teams from the New Zealand and Australian leagues qualify for the joint championship.
Tactix coach Sue Hawkins was quoted by the Cantebury Evening Standard yesterday as saying: “This is our chance to sneak into the ANZ Championship and we are hoping magic of Mwayi Kumwenda, with the help of Karyn Bailey, can see us through. It will be tough though.”
On her part, Kumwenda said in an interview from New Zealand yesterday that she cannot wait for the decider.
“With the top two teams from our [New Zealand Conference] league having already been identified [Southern Steel and Waikato Bop Magic], definitely the focus will be on this match and I cannot wait.”