TUC OCEANIA – Kiwis cash strapped to get to Jakarta for TUC finals

New Zealand badminton’s recipe for making it to the 2008 Thomas and Uber Cup finals is one spoonful of certainty, then one spoonful of uncertainty, and mix well. Their top […]

ImageNew Zealand badminton’s recipe for making it to the 2008 Thomas and Uber Cup finals is one spoonful of certainty, then one spoonful of uncertainty, and mix well. Their top national team, cheekily known as the Black Cocks, grabbed the lion’s share of titles in New Caledonia earlier this month. They opened their account by fending off Australia 4-1 in the Oceania mixed teams event to once again lift the Robson Shield.

By Aaron Wong, Badzine Correspondent. Photos : Badmintonphoto (archives)

In the Oceania Individual Championships which followed, New Zealanders featured in 8 of the 10 slots across all 5 events, thus guaranteeing 3 more titles. In fact, the Kiwis took home 4 titles, only coming off second best to Australia again in men’s doubles and with exactly the same scoreline between the same pairs.

A third dominance by New Zealand over Australia unfolded in the Thomas and Uber Cup qualifiers. And just as predictably, third time unlucky for New Zealand in men’s doubles where Australia’s Ross Smith/Glenn Warfe sealed the fate of Henry Tam/Nathan Hannam in straight sets.

New Zealand’s qualification for the Thomas and Uber Cup finals in Jakarta, Indonesia, in May is assured but how they will pay their way there is in doubt.

Badminton New Zealand acknowledge there is not enough money at the moment to send the team and there is no chance of government funding. The
worst case scenario is the players will foot their own bills.

Badminton New Zealand Executive Director Peter Dunne remains positive despite the challenges of raising funds at short notice.

"We’ve achieved the goal of qualifying and beating Australia, which we do consistently. Over the next week we’ll be looking at ways to send the teams to Jakarta, but it’s not going to be easy. We’ll be looking at all avenues," he said.

ImageResults

Robson Shield/Mixed Teams event:

Mixed doubles: Craig Cooper/Renee Flavell (NZ) def. Ashley Brehaut/Leisha Cooper (Aus) 21-15 22-20.
Women’s singles: Michelle Chan (NZ) def. Leanne Choo (Aus) 21-12 21-11.
Men’s singles: John Moody (NZ, photo)) def. Stuart Gomez (Aus) 15-21 21-19 21-18.
Men’s doubles: Henry Tam/Nathan Hannam (NZ) lost to Ross Smith/Glenn Warfe (Aus) 13-21 18-21.
Women’s doubles: Renee Flavell/Donna Cranston (NZ) bt Leisha Cooper/Erin Carroll (Aus) 21-13 16-21 21-17.

Oceania Individual Championships:

Mixed doubles: Henry Tam/Donna Cranston (NZ) def. Craig Cooper/Renee Flavell (NZ) 16-21 21-19 21-17.
Women’s singles: Michelle Chan (NZ) bt Rachel Hindley (NZ) 26-24 22-20.
Men’s singles: John Moody (NZ) bt Stuart Gomez (Aus) 21-12 21-16.
Men’s doubles: Henry Tam/Nathan Hannam (NZ) lost to Glenn Warfe and Ross Smith (Aus) 21-13 21-18.
Women’s doubles: Rachel Hindley/Michelle Chan (NZ) def. Renee Flavell and Donna Cranston (NZ) 21-14 21-8.

Thomas (men) and Uber Cup (women) qualifiers:

Uber Cup : New Zealand 3 Australia 0

Singles (NZ names first):
No 1 Rachel Hindley def. Erin Carroll 21-9 21-12,
No 2 Michelle Chan def. Leanne Choo 21-11 21-9, No 3 Jessica
Jonggowisastro def. Leisha Cooper 21-15 21-12.

Thomas Cup : New Zealand 3 Australia 2

Singles:
No 1 John Moody def. Stuart Gomez 21-19 21-17
No 2 Joe Wu def. Jeff Tho 14-21 24-22 21-16
No 3 Ethan Haggo lost to Ben Walklate 14-21 14-21.

Doubles:
No 1 Henry Tam/Nathan Hannam lost to Ross Smith/Glenn Warfe 15-21 18-21
No 2 Craig Cooper/John Moody bt Ashley Brehaut/Stuart Gomez 21-15 21-14.

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