Malawi’s netball star Mwai Kumwenda was named Most Valuable Player after inspiring her team Melbourne Vixens to a 59-51 win over Giants in Suncorp Super Netball in Australia.
Mwai netted 35 baskets while Tegan Phillip contributed 24 for Vixens to topple Giants from the table.
They led throughout the match with 15 – 11 in the first quarter, 27 – 25 at half time recess, 42 – 38 in the third quarter and wrapped the game 59 – 51.
“Thank you God for the wonderful game, and for being named most valuable player for the match well done Vixen girls,” Mwai Kumwenda posted on her Facebook Page.
Australia’s Daily Telegraph reported that Giants needed the more to cheer their injured captain and to deliver their coach her 200th win but the Melbourne Vixens had other ideas as they became the first team to topple the Giants in Suncorp Super Netball on Saturday night.
In their first game of the post-Kim Green era, the Julie Fitzgerald-coached Giants fell 59-51 to the Vixens at Hisense Arena, Melbourne.
The loss was the first blot on the Giants’ scorecard and came just six days after Green’s season ended when she crumpled to the floor in agony with an ACL injury.
It also came as a result of a game blemished by unforced errors and some of the lowest shooting stats recorded this season, with all four starting shooters — Susan Pettitt, Jo Harten and Vixens Tegan Phillip and Mwai Kumwenda — uncharacteristicly boasting strike rates below 90 per cent at three-quarter time.
The Vixens were pretty clinical out there and we didn’t connect as well as we should have. We were also a little scrappy at times “ Pettitt said.
“But this will be a learning thing for us.
“It was always going to be a hard one for us with new connections being made, new combinations.
“We knew Kim was always going to be a big loss.”
While Green’s understudy Taylah Davis acquitted herself well, the loss of the veteran captain’s experience and composure under pressure was noticeable.
Searching for answers, Pettitt was sent out in the unfamiliar position of wing attack in the final quarter in a bid to add punch to the attack.
“Never done that one before,” laughed Pettitt.
The Giants started well but were punished for a series of handling errors late in the period, taking a four goal deficit into the first break.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :