Mvula moves to New Zealand

Joyce Mvula

A week after dumping Manchester Thunders, Malawi netball shooter Joyce Mvula has signed for ANZ Premiership title-winners Central Pulse in New Zealand.

Mvula, who recently won the Vitality Netball Superleague title with Manchester Thunder after an unbeaten season announced last week that she would be shifting to another side overseas.

She had been with Manchester Thunder since 2017 and played a pivotal role in the team's recent perfect Vitality Netball Superleague season, which culminated in them winning the 2022 title.

Midcourter Fa'amu Loane is another new arrival at the Pulse, after deciding to make the move from the Mystics, where her elite level career began in 2016.

The two athletes will join the core of this year's ANZ Premiership title-winning team, shooters Amelia Walmsley and Tiana Metuarau, midcourters Whitney Souness and Maddy Gordon, and the in-circle defensive pairing of Kristiana Manu'a and Kelly Jury will all be back in 2023.

Mvula joins as a replacement for standout Aliyah Dunn, who announced she would be leaving the team to pursue new challenges.

The shooter achieved an impressive 91 percent success rate under the net, and is able to play both shooting positions.

She has been a crowd favourite for Malawi and has represented the international team at the World Cup and Commonwealth Games tournaments.

Meanwhile another top shooter, Mwawi Kumwenda has congratulated Mvula for the move through her Facebook page.