April 23, 2018

Matthew Ball looking to make his mark in Halmstad. (Photo: ITTF World)

There’s just six days to go until the 2018 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Halmstad, Sweden. Β While no teams from Oceania will be in the Championship Division this year, fans will be able to see three teams from the region battling it out in Division 2 and 3.

New Zealand will be out in force in Men’s Teams Division 3. Donning the black and white will be Matthew Ball, Alfred Dela Pena, Dinyar Irani, and Dean Shu. The same lineup made an impressive run at the recent ITTF-Oceania Championships, with Shu and Ball both causing the Australians some serious problems. The Kiwis will be looking for promotion to Division 2. It will be a tough fight, but they’ve got a lot of heart and will certainly enjoy going in as underdogs.

Australia will be fielding two teams, one in the men’s event and one in the women’s.

With a few veterans absent the Aussie men will see a couple of fresh faces making their senior debut at a World Championships. The team is comprised of Rohan Dhooria, Benjamin Gould, Kane Townsend, and Wade Townsend. Both Dhooria and Gould will be on debut, and with plenty of games in front of them it will be a looking to make their mark on the event. All eyes will be on Kane Townsend, as the most experienced member of the team, as they fight for promotion to Championship Division.

A similar situation is in store for the Australian women’s team. Team veterans Michelle Bromley and Melissa Tapper have just finished their Commonwealth Games campaign and are ready for another crack at the international scene when they arrive in Halmstad. Backing them up will be debutants Parleen Kaur and Holly Nicolas. Kaur has had a taste of the international scene earlier this year when she competed at the World Team Cup. Meanwhile, Nicolas has been a stalwart at the World Junior Championships, and now has graduated to the big league.

Be sure to keep up to date with the latest results and happenings from Halmstad here.