The Badminton Oceania Auckland office and staff had an enjoyable week last week hosting Nynette Sass, President of Samoa Badminton. Nynette has been leading the revival of badminton in Samoa and thanks to a 2016 Women in Badminton scholarship was able to spend time with the Badminton Oceania staff going over plans, programmes and BWF Shuttle Time training.
Following on from their whitewash of the VICTOR Oceania Junior Championship finals, the New Zealand team have once again showed their ascendancy, this time in the Junior Team event, winning all 5 ties and dropping just one match.
The blemish in the otherwise perfect campaign comes courtesy of runner-up Australia, with Victoria He and Jodee Vega managing to secure a two-game win over New Zealand
New Zealand had a good day at the VICTOR Oceania Junior Team Championships, winning both of the day's ties 5-0, first against Fiji, and then New Caledonia 1, and will be looking to back up their dominance in the Individual event with a flawless performance in the team event as well.
If you held a mirror to the VICTOR Oceania Championships finals, you would see a perfect reflection of participants and results across the Junior and Senior event. In the Junior event, 8 of the 10 finalists were representing New Zealand, and New Zealand took the clean sweep, while in the Senior event, it was Australia who held 8 of the 10 places and had complete victory.
It was a busy and long day at Salle Anewy in New Caledonia, as over 100 players took to the courts in the first day of the VICTOR Oceania Junior and Senior Championships. It was heartening to see players from every participating country find success in the junior event, setting up for an interesting day two.
The Australian supremacy was on display last night at Salle Anewy in Noumea, as their players took out the title in every event at the Casa Del Sole Noumea International. With Australians holding 8 of the 10 finals berths, it was going to take something special to upset their party, and unfortunately, Kiwis Dylan Soedjasa and Susannah Leydon-Davis weren’t able to find the winning formula.