Malawi Queens star Mwawi Kumwenda says she has left no stone unturned to help her club Melbourne Vixens win their maiden grand title today as they face West Coast Fever in the Super Netball Grand Final.
The 31-year-old spent almost a year on the sidelines following a knee reconstruction, but has enjoyed a fruitful 2020 season; shooting at more than 90 percent accuracy ahead of today’s grand final.
Vixens have made it into this ultimate battle for glory following a 63-47 triumph over Coast Lightning in the semi-finals and after clinching the Suncorp Super Netball minor premiership with a 61-53 victory over local rivals Collingwood Magpies.
Although the Vixens are challenged to defy the odds
considering that minor championship winners have never gone on to win the grand final in the competition’s four-season history, Kumwenda yesterday said they are well-prepared to turn fortunes around.
In 2017, Kumwenda saw her hopes of playing in the inaugural Super Netball Grand Final going up in smoke after Vixens lost 65-57 to Giants in the preliminary final.
“Our preparation for the grand final has been as normal as possible leading up to this game. We are just trying to think of this game like any other game but do our best to win,” she said.
“To say the truth, it has always been my dream to win the grand final with Vixens and doing so will be very special to me and my country. This is the best league in the world!”
Malawi Queens coach Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa said she has no doubt that Kumwenda will do her best to make her club and Malawi proud.
Adding that the lofty shooter as the leading role model for young women in Malawi after being named one of the faces of Puma’s #WitnessFearless campaign this season, there is a lot at stake to win the title.
“As Mwawi gets into this grand final, she has carried the pride of Malawi netball on her shoulders and being a Puma brand ambassador, the stakes are even higher. We are confident she will do it because we know she is a hard worker and a very talented athlete,”Chawinga-Kaluwa said.