Junior nationals decided
Northern regions dominated the under-15 national teams badminton competition in Palmerston North this week.
Division 1 was won by Auckland (1), with North Harbour second. All teams in Division 1 were from the northern region.
Waitakere won Division 2, with Manawatu (1) runners-up.
Southland won Division 3, with Hutt Valley second.
The final tie of the tournament for Eastland was a 16-0 loss to Hutt Valley on Day 4.
Manaia Puha and Journey Waru had an excellent first game in the mixed doubles, losing 21-17, but they faded in the second game.
The Eastland team had a great experience. Some of these players will move on to play at the AIMS Games in Tauranga in September, when they will have the opportunity to continue to develop their skills and game tactics.
Results —Hutt Valley 16 Eastland 0
Boys’ doubles: K Cumarasundaram/Renton def Eang/Puha 21-16, 21-6; Sunil/Tran def Kingston/Ojala 21-9, 21-13.
Girls’ doubles: A Cumarasundaram/Naylor def Habib/Waru 21-7, 21-7; Gutschlag/Maddigan def Elliment/Hill 21-8, 21-10.
Boys’ singles: Renton def Eang 21-5, 21-2; K Cumarasundaram def Puha 21-10, 21-11; Sunil def Ojala 21-15, 21-12; Ying def Kingston 19-21, 21-13, 21-15.
Girls’ singles: A Cumarasundaram def Habib, 21-2, 21-4; Naylor def Waru, 21-0, 21-2; Maddigan def Hill 21-5, 21-8; Sabasen def Elliment 21-9, 21-5.
Mixed doubles: Renton/Naylor def Eang/Habib 21-14, 21-9; K Cumarasundaram/Sabasen def Puha/Waru 21-17, 21-8; Ying/A Cumarasundaram def Ojala/Hill 21-13, 21-7; Tran/Gutschlag def Kingston/Elliment 21-12, 21-14.