Australia Dominates Oceania Championships

Australia dominated the four day International Table Tennis Federation and Oceania Para Table Tennis events, Oceania Cup and 2017 ITTF Oceania Junior championships held over the Easter Weekend at the Vodafone Arena in Fiji.

A total of 55 players from Australia, Fiji, Guam, Kiribati, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu competed at the four day championships.

Australia took out all the gold in the Oceania Para event with the exception of Fiji's Mere Roden, Oceania Cup and the 2017 ITTF Oceania Junior Championship.

Fiji Table Tennis athletes were treated to some harsh lessons in the sport by their much more experienced and bigger opponents in Australia and New Zealand, however this did not stop them from giving their best in each match.

Team Fiji Olympian Sally Yee along with her sister Grace Yee managed to win a bronze in the Junior girls doubles.

For the Fiji team it was Rio 2016 Paralympian Merewalesi Roden who won Fiji’s only Para table tennis title on home soil in Suva defeating Australia’s Amanda Tscharke 3-2.

Team Fiji head coach Mao Bo said the level of the Fiji team was a bit average but a few athletes were able to compete with the top level players from Australia and New Zealand.

"We need a more systematic training, from the four day competitions we can see that our players are just a point or two away from competing on a more international level.

"The Australians and New Zealanders were faster and had more spin but we can get better," he said.

Meanwhile, Fiji Table Tennis President Anthony Ho said the four day tournament was a success for Fiji.

Fiji is the first country in the region to three table tennis competitions under one roof.

Fiji will host the World Cadet challenge in October.

Results:

Cadet Girls Doubles- Gold- Australia Silver -Fiji/New Caledonia Bronze- NZ,

Cadet Boys doubles- Gold- Australia Silver- New Caledonia Bronze- Fiji/NZ,

Junior Girls Double- Gold-Australia Silver- NZ Bronze- Fiji/Australia,

Junior Boys doubles- Gold- Australia Silver-NZ Bronze- Australia/NZ,

Cadet Mixed Doubles- Gold- Australia Silver- NZ Bronze- Fiji/Australia,

Junior Mixed Doubles- Gold- Australia Silver- Australia Bronze- Australia/NZ.

Womens- Gold- Australia Silver- New Zealand Bronze- New Caledonia

Mens- Gold- Australia Silver- New Zealand Bronze- Vanuatu




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