Tournaments

08 Aug 2019

The opening day of play, Wednesday 7th August, concluded at the 2019 ITTF-Oceania Junior Championships in Taufa’ahau, Tonga; Australia emerged the dominant force.

Two titles were secured, the door very much open for two more on the second day of action.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

A series of imposing performances, the outfit comprising Oh Sue Bin, Matilda Alexandersson and Michelle Wu secured the junior girls’ team title without surrendering a single individual match; in a similar manner, Isaiah Lee and Raymond Zhang emerged successful in the cadet boys’ team competition.

In both instances, New Zealand had to settle for runners up spot; in the former the silver medal was claimed by the trio comprising Zhou Jiayi, Sophie Low and Maria Cavanagh, in the latter by Jack Chen and Joseph Zhang.

Furthermore, third place finished in the hands of Fiji; in the junior girls’ team competition the honour went to Touea Titana and Loata Duncan, in the cadet boys to Tereititaake Fesau and Jai Chauhan.

Meanwhile, in the junior boys’ team and cadet girls’ team competitions; likewise in group organised events, Australia and New Zealand will clash in the contests to decide the titles.

Selecting from Lee Yonghui, Hayden Green, Nicholas Lum and Finn Luu, Australia ended the first day of play without blemish, a situation that applied also to New Zealand who fielded the trio comprising Nathan Xu, Park Sang-Yong and Maxwell Henderson.

Similarly, in the cadet girls’ team event, the outfits from the biggest landmasses in the region asserted their authority. Australia’s Constantin Psihogios and Chermaine Quah proved a step ahead of their opponents from the smaller islands, as did the New Zealand partnership formed by Takaimannia Ngata-Henare and Minette Whitehead.

Play in the junior boys’ team and cadet girls’ team competitions concludes on Thursday 8th August; the individual events now follow. The tournament draws to a close on Saturday 10th August.

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Day 2 - 2019 ITTF-Oceania Junior Championships