- Published in NEWS & FEATURES
Organised by Table Tennis Western Australia, a highly successful 2017 Australian Veteran Championships was staged recently in Mandurah from Saturday 7th to Saturday 14th October.
Located some 45 miles south of the state capital, Perth, the coastal resort attracted no less than 416 players; the highest number of competitors witnessed for any tournament on this year’s Table Tennis Australia calendar.'
Article by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
NSW teams performed extremely well at the Championships in Adelaide last week.
Our teams won medals in every team event and backed this up with excellent returns in the individual events.
After defeating the eventual winners, Queensland, our No.1 side were surprisingly beaten in the semi final by our No. 2 side 3-2. Unfortunately the No.2 side then were defeated 3-2 by Queensland in the final with the deciding doubles going to Queensland 13 points to 11 in the deciding fifth set.
Our No.2 team was Jake Lee, Joe Lim and Shaoping Zhang should be congratulated for attaining the Silver Medal.
Our No. 1 side of Kane Townsend, Trent Carter and Erny Tsao then defeated Victoria in the Bronze Medal match in a great result.
It is many years since Victoria failed to win a medal in the Men’s Team event.
Our No. 1 side of Tracey Feng and Michelle Bromley were beaten in the Final by the strong Victorian side which boasted 3 Olympic representatives. Tracey’s defeat of Maio Maio being the highlight of the final.
Youth Men’s Teams
NSW scooped the pool in this event winning Gold with Mike Liang and Noah Kim, Silver with Khuslen Otgontugs, Alex Yeung and Alan Li, as well as Bronze with Edward Belokoptov, Zhe Lyu and Anthony Zhao.
This was a remarkable effort which has not been matched in the past by any state.
Youth Women’s Teams
Unfortunately our players in this event were unable to match the results of our other teams and ended without a medal.
The highlight of this event was Chris Yan becoming Australian Champion with hard fought wins over distinguished opponents.
Jiamuwa Wu was our best Woman player who lost in the semi final to the eventual winner, Jian Fan Lay, and also won the Youth women’s singles title.
The Men’s Doubles was a family affair with Kane Townsend and David Powell defeating Wade Townsend and Heming Hu in the final.
The Women’s doubles had Miao Miao and Jiamuwa Wu defeating Michelle Bromley and Melissa Tapper in the final.
Mixed Doubles had Erny Tsao and Tracey Feng being defeated in the final by Heming Hu and Melissa Tapper. Mention should be made of the efforts of Shaoping Zhang and Kai Peng who were edged out by the winners in 5 close games.
In the Youth Events Erny Tsao joined with Luke Cosgriff from Victoria who were the runners up in the Men’s Section whilst Sarah Tan and Antonia Zhang were runners up in the Women’s Doubles.Congratulations to all our players for their efforts in the Championships.