Medals galore for table tennis contingent

Jacqui Wood picked up four medals. Photo: Supplied.

The eight-strong Marlborough contingent at the South Island championships staged in Timaru returned with 14 medals.

Jacqui Wood was the most prolific of the local crew, claiming four medals.

She performed strongly in the A grade singles, beating second seed Shelley Neal from Otago, then Manawatu junior Abbey Webb to top the pool.

In the semis she was up against Jill Liu, the No 1 seed, and although losing in six sets she performed well against the nation’s No 11 player.

Jacqui won the B grade singles, giving her the “double” as she won the equivalent event at the North Island championships in July.

She was paired with A grade singles champion Takai Ngata-Henare from Northland in the women’s doubles and they took the title with an 11-9, 11-3, 6-11, 11-8 win over Jill and Shelley.

Jacqui is the third Marlborough player to win this title following Megan Stratford and earlier Debbie Stratford (nee Looms).

Jacqui combined with Nathan Watson in the mixed doubles and they reached the final, losing to Canterbury’s Craig Dye and Shelley in four sets.

Nathan also had a good day. In A grade qualifying he beat fourth seed Craig 13-11, 1-11, 11-4, 10-12, 11-9, his first win against an opponent ranked 35 nationally.

In the quarter-final, he lost to the third seed, Jesse Wilson in six sets.

Nathan won both titles in the B grade. In the singles final he beat Otago’s Tavish Voight 11-4, 11-8, 11-13, 11-8. Then he combined with Alex Kennedy to take out the men’s doubles over Tavish and fellow Otago player, Isaac Hobbs.

In the C grade, Matt Pigou beat Alex in the quarter-final of the men’s singles and went on to reach the final against Otago’s Willie Brocks, losing 11-5, 11-9, 6-11, 11-8. Matt combined with Alex in the men’s doubles where they lost to Willie and Canterbury’s Derek Partridge in the final. Matt and Alex reached the semi-finals of  the B grade singles, Matt losing to Nathan and Alex to Tavish.

Vanessa Wood-Lin made the quarter-finals of the under-18 girls singles, losing to the eventual finalist. In the under-21 grade, she reached the final of the doubles with Canterbury’s Aarya Advilkar, before losing to the top seeds.

Hannah Smit paired with Takai in the girls’ under-18 doubles, reaching the semi-finals and picking up a bronze medal.

Warren Haszard won a silver medal in the men’s D grade after a countback of points, while Marion Wood lost in four sets to Canterbury’s Flora Lin in the final of the women’s over-60 singles.


Marlborough’s Medals


Jacqui – A Grade WD, B Grade WS; Nathan – B Grade MS; Nathan/Alex – B Grade MD


Jacqui/Nathan – A Grade XD; Matt – C Grade M/S; Matt/Alex – C Grade MD; Warren – D Grade MS; Marion O-60 WS; Vanessa – U-21 WD Bronze

Jacqui – A Grade WS; Alex – B Grade MS; Matt – B Grade MS; Hannah – U18 GD

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