Report from Malcolm Wong

Clean sweep by Wellington

This was held at the ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie on Wednesday 24 May, as part of the annual 4 day NZIS Sport Exchange Championship (22-25 May) between Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Wellington is the 2017 winner. The multi sports tournament first started in 2002 and has been won mainly by Wellington. 13 times (2002-2008, 2010, 2012-2015, 2017 ) followed by Auckland twice (2011, 2016) and Christchurch (2009).

Gareth Severin became the first Wellington player to win the Men’s Singles. Previously Auckland players had won 3 times and Christchurch players twice. Linda Kong won both her matches in straight games, becoming the third Wellington Woman in a row to win the Woman Singles. Wellington, by winning both the Men’s and Women Singles, had a unassailable lead going into the mixed doubles. The Singles winners, Gareth and Linda, combined to win the Mixed Doubles for Wellington. Canterbury by beating Auckland in the last mixed doubles finished second. Wellington has won the table tennis for the third successive year and now lead Auckland (2 wins, 2012 & 2014) and Christchurch (1 win in 2013). Malcolm Wong was the Referee. He and Roger Watkin umpired the matches.

Results were:

1 Wellington    3 points	
2 Christchurch  2 points 	
3 Auckland      1 point		

Men’s Singles
1 Gareth Severin (Wellington)
2 Matthew Humby (Auckland)
3 Sergio Johnson (Christchurch)

Gareth Severin beat Matthew Humby   9-11 11-7 11-5 11-9
Gareth Severin beat Sergio Johnson  9-11 11-8 11-6 11-8
Matthew Humby beat Sergio Johnson   11-6 11-8 9-11 11-5

Women’s Singles
1 Linda Kong (Wellington)
2 Mahina Mullany (Christchurch)
3 Arohaina Beverland (Auckland)

Linda Kong beat Mahina Mullany          11-6  11-4 11-5 
Linda Kong beat Arohaina Beverland      11-8  11-6 11-4 
Mahina Mullany beat Arohaina Beverland  14-12 11-6 11-4

Mixed Doubles
1 Gareth Severin & Linda Kong (Wellington)
2 Samuel McGarvey & Te Amo Tomainu (Christchurch)
3 Matthew Humby & Arohaina Beverland (Auckland)

G Severin/L Kong beat S McGarvey/ T A Tamainu    11-8 12-10 11-3
G Severin/ L Kong beat M Humby/ A Beverland      11-5 10-12 11-4 11-7		         
S McGarvey/T A Tomainu beat M Humby/A Beverland  11-9 11-5 	

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Malcolm Wong and Roger Watkin with the NZIS Sports Cup

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