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Classic Mwai on song once again as Vixens lift Australian Premiership

Scores 47 out of 66 goals goals

Melbourne Vixens win their first Australian premiership since 2014.

Mwai Kumwenda was on Sunday named player of the match after helping her side Melbourne Vixens win their first Australian premiership since 2014.

Mwai scored 47 goals in a nerve cracking 66-64 drubbing of West Coast Fever in the Super Netball grand final at Brisbane Nissan Arena.

According to thewest.com.au, it took until the final minute of the match for the ladder-leaders to seal the 66-64 victory and break Fever’s hearts in what has been described as one of the games of the year.

The first term was a classic shoot-out, with neither team making any costly errors and they both made sure they did not waste opportunities under the post.

Fever goal shooter Jhaniele Fowler was a dominant force with 56 goals at 98 per cent accuracy, with her connection with Verity Charles putting plenty of pressure on the Vixens’ defense early.

As Kumwenda began to get on top of Australia’s best goalkeeper Courtney Bruce with eight goals early in the quarter, Fever coach Stacey Marinkovich made the first change of the decider, bringing on semifinal hero Sunday Aryang to add some defensive flair.

This changed the dynamic of the game and Fever all of a sudden went on a run before half-time, scoring the final five goals, including a Fowler super shot after the siren to lead 33-32.

Errant passes and some general play turnovers from Fever saw the Vixens regain the lead and even after a mid-court shuffle, Melbourne looked more composed than West Coast and at one stage had a game-high five-goal lead.

Kumwenda was demanding the ball in the goal circle and stopping Bruce from impacting out of defense, while Mannix and Jo Weston forced Fever to throw risky passes to Fowler.

Mwai Kumwenda (right) of the Vixens shoots for goal during the Super Netball Grand Final between the Melbourne Vixens and West Coast Fever at Nissan Arena in Brisbane, Sunday, October 18, 2020. (AAP Image/Darren England) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

According to the online report, Melbourne Vixens goal shooter Mwai Kumwenda dominated the Super Netball grand final.

Yet Fever still fought back late again, but in a tight grand final, Vixens’ three-goal lead seemed a mountain to climb.

But just when Fever needed something big, up stepped Bruce, who produced an incredible intercept, which turned the game on its head once again and saw Fever draw level.

Bruce again had a say when a Kumwenda miss saw her draw a contact foul, which Fever scored from and they all of a sudden led again.

Vixens though held their nerve a little better in the final moments, with a massive tip from Mannix to Weston off a missed Alice Teague-Neeld shot the biggest moment of the game.

From here they held the ball for the final minute of the game, ensuring they walked away with the 2020 premiership.

Early this month, the Malawi Queens major netball export Mwai Kumwenda, played a vital role when she remarkably lifted the Australian netball giant Melbourne Vixens into the Suncorp Super Netball grand final.

During the match against Sunshine Coast Lightning Mwai had a 96 percent conversion rate, netting 31 goals out of her 32 attempts.

Late last year, dazzling goaler Mwai Kumwenda re-launched back as commandant of the Melbourne Vixens’ attack after re-signing with the team.

Despite sitting out for most of 2019 as she recovered from an anterior cruciate ligament injury in August 2018, Mwai, the fan favorite has produced sparkling performance since her return to the game after recovery.

 

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