18 Feb 2016

Sport: Australia, NZ dominate Oceania Badminton Champs

11:54 am on 18 February 2016

Australia and New Zealand stamped their authority on the Oceania Mixed Team Badminton Championships in Auckland, after wins over Tahiti and New Caledonia.

The French territories advanced to the second stage ahead of Guam and Tonga but were both thrashed 5-0 by the Trans Tasman giants.

Susannah Leydon-Davis and Niccolo Tagle completed a Mixed Doubles victory over New Caledonia's Thomas Lahaut and Cecilia Moussy 21-11, 21-13.

Dylan Soedjasa downed Loic Mennesson in the Men's Singles 21-14, 21-5 and Deborah Yin - was too good for New Caledonia's Wallis and Futuna debutant Dgenyva Matauli, winning both games 21-6.

In the Men's Doubles, Lahaut and Mennesson eventually lost 21-7, 21-12 against Kevin James Dennerly-Minturn and Oliver Leydon-Davis while Michelle Chan-Ky and Danielle Tahuri proved too strong for Soizick Ho-Yagues and Johanna Kou in the Women's Doubles, prevailing 21-13, 21-7.

Loic Mennesson said it was a good challenge for the Franophone nations.

"In these games the first game is very important for us to get as close to our opponent as possible. We know in the next game it will be physically and mentally much harder.

"But it's very important to play the biggest nations like New Zealand. We all know the level is higher but that is the challenge for us - to raise our standard of Badminton."

In the day's other tie, Australia's Leanne Choo and Robin Middleton got Australia beat Tahiti's Leo Cucuel and Aurelie Bouttin 21-8, 21-4 in the Mixed Doubles.

In the Men's Singles, Quentin Bernaix shone despite losing to Anthony Joe in both games 21-1.

Bernaix tested Joe early in both games before Joe pulled away to register a convincing win.

14 year old Chloe Segrestan was no match for Joy Lai, outclassed 21-3, 21-3 in a lop-sided Women's Singles clash.

The Men's Doubles produced another win for Middleton and his partner Michael Fariman when they beat Hugo Sautereau and Kyliam Scilloux 21-8, 21-9, before Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen and Gronya Somerville defeated Aurelie Bouttin and Chloe Segrestan 21-6, 21-9 to complete a clean sweep.

Sautereau said perspective was required when judging the value of the match.

"Australia is better than Tahiti but in a couple of years we can improve if we keep training as hard as we can. We realise Australia is very competitive and have a lot of top players who compete in the world grand prix and world championships.

The games are very close to begin with because they are not too sure about us as players but after two or three points they settle into their rhythm. But I'm very happy to play against top players and know where I have to improve."