Tua wins gold in U15 table tennis

Thursday June 07, 2018 Written by Published in Other Sports
Marenga Tua receives the top prize from Cook Islands Table Tennis president Tearoa Iorangi on Tuesday night as her partner, New Caledonia’s Lorie La, looks on. 18060619 Marenga Tua receives the top prize from Cook Islands Table Tennis president Tearoa Iorangi on Tuesday night as her partner, New Caledonia’s Lorie La, looks on. 18060619

Cook Islands’ Marenga Tua combined with New Caledonia’s Lorie La to win the country’s first gold medal in the Cadet Girls Team U15 table tennis event at the 2018 ITTF Junior Circuit Cook Islands Junior & Cadet Open on Tuesday night.

The youngster overcame a jittery start to form a solid partnership with La and beat New Zealand 3-1 in the final at the Bluesky Sports Arena.

La spearheaded the mixed team’s campaign with a 3-0 (11-8, 11-9, 11-9) win against New Zealand’s Lydia Mercer-Beumelburg.

Tua was unable to beat Emily Jin however, going down 0-3 (1-11, 10-12, 3-11) to level the match at one-all.

But La and Tua combined well to beat Mercer-Beumelburg and Jin 3-1 (11-8, 6-11, 11-2, 11-9) in the closely contested doubles clash before La sealed the 3-1 win with a 3-0 (11-7, 11-9, 12-10) victory over Jin.

In the other matches, Cook Islands finished fifth in the cadet boys team event after beating Wallis and Futuna 3-0.

National reps Anjoninah Marsters and Ngamata Moekaa played for the mixed team in the junior girls category and lost to New Zealand, Fiji and China, going down 2-3, 1-3 and 0-3 respectively.

In a feature match, the mixed team of Australia, New Caledonia and USA combined to claim gold, taking down China 3-1 in the final of the cadet boys team event.

It was a stunning upset, particularly given what had happened the previous day when the mixed team were beaten convincingly by China 3-0.

Meanwhile, Mixed Team I of Jacobo Vahnish (Panama) and Koen Pang (Singapore) defeated Mixed Team II of Laurens Devos (Belgium) and Owen Cathcart (Ireland) 3-1 in a fiercely contested junior boys final.

Cook Islands’ Toka Williams and Jonah Moeauri finished fifth in the division after beating Wallis and Futuna 3-0.

The competition continues until Saturday. 

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