Malawian netball icon Mwawi Kumwenda was the star of the show in Australia’s Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) 2020 Grand Final when she inspired her team, Melbourne Vixens, to the title with a Player-of-the-Match performance.
Vixens ran out 66-64 winners over West Coast Fever in a thrilling final that went down to the wire at Nissan Arena in Brisbane.
Mwawi’s team went on to become the first minor premiers to go on and clinch the championship at the conclusion of a rollercoaster season seriously challenged by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Despite missing a super shot on the buzzer, Mwawi finished the game with an outstanding 47 goals from 50 shots to earn herself praises from various publications.
Vixens Coach, Simone McKinnis, told Vixens’ website that Mwawi played a critical role in the remarkable victory.
“MJ [Mwawi] got player of the match [and] Courtney’s [Bruce] been playing really well – she’s been getting a lot of ball and putting a lot of pressure on opposition, so MJ played a critical role in…keeping her busy, but also with the feeders not having any fear putting the ball over to MJ because she’s going to get it, and she did…and finished it really well,” McKinnis said.
Besides winning the maiden title, Vixens also broke the hoodoo of no SSN minor premier going on to lift the Premiership Trophy at season’s end