Mwawi reaches 50 professional game milestone as Vixens beat Firebirds

Malawi’s top netball professional Mwawi Kumwenda reached a milestone with 50 games as professional player in style by inspiring her team Melbourne Vixens to win 66-55 over Queensland Firebirds at Hisense Arena on Saturday night.

Mwai Kumwenda of Melbourne Vixens plays the ball

Kumwenda top scored with 43 goal from 47 attempts, while Tegan Philip made numerous shots well out from the post in her 23 goals.
Kumwenda was over the moon with the victory.

“Thanks be to God for today win. 50th game, It’s another milestone, we all start with one step. Dreaming big, staying humble, working hard,” Kumwenda posted on her Facebook page.

According to Sydney Morning Heard The Melbourne Vixens have extended their unbeaten streak in Super Netball to eight games with an 11-goal win over the Queensland Firebirds at Hisense Arena on Saturday night.

The result lifts the Vixens to 19 points and three clear of the second- placed Giants, who have a game to play.

The Vixens led from start to finish in a complete performance as the fifth- placed Firebirds remain adrift of a finals spot, with three rounds remaining.

The home side’s defence proved just as damaging, with Emily Mannix and Jo Weston containing the Firebird’s towering shooter Romelda Aiken to 42 goals from 53 attempts.

With their season on the line, the Firebirds came to disrupt the Vixens’ game and early on they looked to shut down the centre pass and apply fierce defence throughout the court.

The Vixens didn’t have it all their own way in a highly physical encounter but adapted well and went to the first break four-goals to the good.

Firebirds defender Gretel Tippet’s shove in the back of Vixens defender Weston deep in the second quarter sent her opponent to the floor and showed how much each goal meant as the hosts extended their lead to nine goal at halftime.

Tensions were high, yet the cool shooting duo of Kumwenda and Philip continued and built an advantage that stretched out to 14 goals at the final break.

The Firebirds didn’t give up though and fought back to win the final quarter.

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