Badminton: NZ take four out of five titles at Oceania champs

  • 07/02/2008

New Zealand has won four of the five individual titles on offer at the Oceania badminton championships in New Caledonia.
  
Michelle Chan took the women's singles and doubles, in each case upsetting her higher ranked New Zealand counterparts.
  
She beat Rachel Hindley in the singles final lasting 58 minutes before combining with Hindley to beat Renee Flavell and Donna Cranston in the doubles.
  
The big upset of the tournament came in the mixed doubles when Cranston combined with Henry Tam to down teammates and Olympic aspirants Craig Cooper and Flavell.
  
With only 16 spots available in the Beijing mixed doubles, Cooper and Flavell face a real challenge to make it to Beijing.
  
John Moody beat Stuart Gomez (Australia) in two games in the men's singles final.
  
New Zealand missed the men's doubles title.  

Australian No 1 seeds Glenn Warfe and Ross Smith had too much experience their younger New Zealand counterparts Nathan Hannam and Henry Tam.
  
New Zealand will play Australia in the Thomas (men) and Uber Cup (women) qualifiers today, with the winners going through to the finals in Jakarta in May.
  
Results:
  
Mixed doubles: Henry Tam and Donna Cranston bt Craig Cooper and Renee Flavell 16-21 21-19 21-17.
  
Women's singles: Michelle Chan bt Rachel Hindley 26-24 22-20.
  
Men's singles: John Moody bt Stuart Gomez (Australia) 21-12 21-16.
  
Men's doubles: Henry Tam and Nathan Hannam lost to Glenn Warfe and Ross Smith (Australia) 21-13 21-18.
  
Women's doubles: Rachel Hindley and Michelle Chan bt Renee Flavell and Donna Cranston 21-14 21-8.
 
NZPA

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