April 5, 2018

Tauramoa Miita stole a game of Trent Carter in their opening round encounter on the Gold Coast. (Photo: ITTF World)

It was an all Oceania affair in the first group stage match of the Men’s Team Event at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Australia and Kiribati collided, with the locals coming out on top 3-0.  There was just one game dropped along the way as Australia cruised to the win.

The one responsible for stealing game for Kiribati was Tauramoa Miita, who managed to win the third game against Trent Carter 13-11.

It’s certainly a sign of improvement. Miita has had some expert coaching recently. He has been training with Momoko Washitsuka from Japan, who is dedicating two years to growing table tennis in Kiribati as part of the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

“For the last three months I’ve been training three times a week with Momoka. She has really improved everything in my game.”  Tauramoa Miita

It’s all about the experience, development, and learning; even here at the Games.

Meanwhile, Australia now turn their attention to tonight’s match against Scotland. It’s a much that could possibly make or break the team’s medal chances here on the Gold Coast.

“It’s a huge match for us against Scotland. It’s important for the rest of the tournament if we have a win. We start favourite but will have to play well to get the win.” Brett Clarke, Team Australia Coach