Mwawi Kumwenda scored 38 baskets to lead her Australian team, Peninsula Waves, over Genesis in their first game of the season.
With temperatures soaring above 40 degrees, Kumwenda scored the 38 baskets whereas teammate Stace Procotor posted four in a thrilling close encounter.
It was a good impression from the Malawi netball star under new coach Claire Houben who replaced Robin Pym in September last year.
“It was very close, but the girls played with spirit and passion that is why we won. I am happy my performance was good and my coach was impressed. It was all about teamwork,” said Mwawi on Thursday from Melbourne, Australia.
Despite heavy changes in the team, with key players Emma and Kellie Somerville, Nicole and Kelly leaving the club at the end of the season, Waves start to the season signals serious ambition.
“My goal is to definitely build on where Robyn left off. I hope I can steer the team to championship next season. After today, I should have a better idea of what the team will be like,” Houben said.
Last year, Waves just missed the championship promotion by a whisker.