Earlier Malcolm Wong and a few others from Wellington went to the Nelson Open this year and Malcolm kindly filed a report.
Malcolm Wong, with Mark Nalder (Nelson), won the Over 50 and 60 Men’s Doubles and they were runner up in the Over 40 Men’s Doubles. Malcolm reached the semi finals of the Over 50 and Over 60 Men’s Singles. In his Over 50 Men’s Singles Group Malcolm beat the Over 50 and Over 60 Men’s Singles winner Mark Nalder 3-2 (13-11 11-5 13-15 7-11 11-1). His third win over Mark. The first was in the 2005 Marlborough Open Over 50 Men’s Singles final. Malcolm first played in the Nelson Open in 1998 where he won the Over 35 Mixed Doubles with Ulrike Kusche (Canterbury) and the Over 40 Men’s Doubles with Joachim Kusche (Canterbury). His sole singles title there was winning the 2011 Nelson Open Over 50 Men’s Singles.
Ben Collin’s reached the semi finals of the Men’s Singles where he lost to the eventual winner Yi Sien Lin (Canterbury) in a tough seven game struggle. Lin won 9-11 11-4 9-11 11-4 11-5 7-11 11-8. Winners and runner ups of events are attached.
There were 39 entries, which was up from last years total of 31. Thanks to the organisers, Robin Knight and Michael Holmes (Tournament Controllers), Paul Op den Buysch (Xpand2play), Kay Hazeldine (Certificates and Finance) and Glenda Ferguson (Finance). Also to the Cafeteria Ladies, Karen Holmes, Katharine Ritchie, Noelene Wells, Debbie Watson and Dianne Watson. Photos are on the TTNZ photo archives.
Malcolm Wong (International Umpire) ran an umpiring course on the Sunday (14 June). Congratulations to Paul Op den Buysch, Katie Roddis and Ashley Windsor who qualified as Regional Umpires.