Malawian netball export to Europe, Joyce Mvula on Saturday played a vital role to help her club Manchester Thunder t a hard-fought win againstCeltic Dragons as the home side dominated from start to finish at the Thunderdome winning 62 v 53.in the Vitality Netball Superleague.
Dragons arrived in Manchester hoping to force the hosts to a defeat, but Thunder made sure there were no surprises and put in an emphatic performance as Mvula, who had a strong first half, saw her team winning home match back-to-back and their second of the season.
.They finished the half six-goals to the good (32-26) knowing they had plenty of work still to do to see-off a stubborn Dragons side in the second half.
Thunder had a nightmare five minutes midway through the third quarter, while Dragons punished them by producing their best netball of the game. Scoring six on the bounce, Dragons levelled the scores (36-all) and Thunder coach was forced to make change, taking off half time sub Amy Clinton, with Malawian star Mvula, re-joining the party.
And the changes made an instant difference.
Thunder powered to an unassailable 10-goal lead with five minutes to go and victory was secured.
Thunder coach Karen Greig said in quoted posted on the club’s website “It was a rollercoaster game, a solid first half and solid overall but we had a blip again in third quarter, which is something that happened last week, so we need to address that moving forward at training. We probably looked at the score board and thought ‘we’re so many up’ and just let them back into the game and they’re not a team you can let back into the game they’re a very strong team.
“The changes that we made [taking off half time sub Amy Clinton replacing her with Joyce Mvula] did a huge impact. We needed to solidify and gabby back in the middle for some more control.”