2 Star gains Kiwi's 2nd seed at Commonwealth Games

World championship bronze medallists Sara Runesten Petersen and Dan Shirley have succeeded in their bid for a second seeding at the Commonwealth Games.

The world No10 pair defeated Australian rivals and Travis Denney and Kate Wilson Smith in the final of the Oceania Champs at North Harbour.

Runesten Petersen and Shirley won a tough match in stifling conditions 21-13 22-20 avenging the loss to the Australians in Sunday's teams event.

In the men's singles final Kiwi No1 Geoff Bellingham beat the New Zealand No2 John Moody in three games in just under an hour.

Rachel Hindley won the women's singles and now looks likely to surpass Rebecca Bellingham (31 in the world) as the top ranked New Zealander and a seeded player at the Commonwealth Games.

Hindley had to come from a set down to defeat Auckland's Renee Flavell eventually showing through 20-22 21-11 21-15.

The women's doubles was won by Manchester Commonwealth Games silver medallists Nicole Gordon and Runesten Petersen in straight games over Rebecca Bellingham and Hindley.

The women's doubles was Runesten Petersen's last match in New Zealand before she returns to her native land, Denmark after the Commonwealth Games.

Results - New Zealand unless noted
Mixed finals
(1)Dan Shirley/Sara Runesten Petersen bt (2)Travis Denney(Aus)/Kate Wilson Smith(Aus) 21-13 22-20

Men's singles finals
(1)Geoff Bellingham bt(2)John Moody 13-21 21-16 21-8

Men's doubles
(2)Geoff Bellingham/Craig Cooper bt (1)John Gordon/Dan Shirley 19-21 13-15

Women's singles
(2)Rachel Hindley bt (4)Renee Flavell 20-22 21-11 21-15

Women's doubles
(2)Nicole Gordon/Sara Runesten Petersen bt Rebecca Bellingham/Rachel Hindley 21-15 23-21

By Dave Worsley


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