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.
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