Favourites Make Strong Start in Team Event
The VICTOR Oceania Junior Mixed Team Championships begun yesterday, setting in motion the final event from a busy week in Noumea. For a number of players, in particular the New Zealanders and New Caledonians, the Team Championships is their third event back to back, after playing in the Casa Del Sole Noumea International and the VICTOR Oceania Junior Championships.
New Zealand had a good day, 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.
Australia look to be their main challenger, also unbeaten on day one. Tahiti was defeated in a close tie 3-2, before Australia made short work of New Caledonia 2, 5-0. Tahiti will be disappointed with their loss in the morning, which has put a serious dent in their title ambitions, however they got back on the right path in the afternoon with a good win over Fiji.
New Caledonia 1 was the other team to come through day one with some points, taking a 5-0 victory over their fellow Caledonians in team 2.
With Australia and New Zealand sitting on top of the table with two wins each, their tie this evening will be hugely important for both sides.
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