Badminton champs off to blazing start

Friday November 24, 2017 Written by Published in Other Sports

Over 40 of the top Under 11 junior badminton players from around the island took to the courts on Monday and Tuesday at St Joseph’s Hall to compete in this year’s Junior National Championships.

 

On Monday, players competed in singles with 18 boys and 16 girls registered in the knockout draw.

Matches were played up to 15 points, with first round losers moving on to the consolation draw. 

Defending boys singles champion Te Pa Kelly and girls champion Te Pa Tupa were up for some stiff competition, especially from the Papaaroa players who had just come away with some amazing results at last week’s Primary School tournament. 

And it was in the boys’ semi-finals that Te Pa’s run came to an end with a thriller of a match against Jonah Mare that went right down to the wire.

The left-handed Jonah was simply too strong for Te Pa and after five match points took out the match of the evening 20-18.

However, Jonah unfortunately was unable to continue his winning streak in the finals with the young Fitzjordan Peraua crowned champion.

But it wasn’t enough for the new singles champ who then went on to take out the doubles crown with partner Elijah Gukisuva, but not without a fight from Papaaroa players Jonah Mare and Samson Harry.

In the Girls’ division there was a great show of talent, making the future of badminton in the Cook Islands look extremely bright.

That talent was definitely on show as Te Pa Tupa took on upcoming star Anthyea Brown in the quarter finals.

Anthyea made Te Pa work for every point with the later taking out the match 15–11 and then eventually defending her title and becoming the U11 Girls Singles Champion for 2017.

It was a different story in the girl’s doubles competition, as Te Pa with her last minute change of partner, was unable to defend her title missing out on a top four stop in the finals.

Instead it was a Papaaroa and St Joseph’s Club showdown, with the south side youngsters showing great skill and determination.

But it was the pairing of Tereapii Akavi and Tehani Matapo who toppled them all and became our U11 Girls Doubles Champions for 2017.

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