October 28, 2018

Danni-Elle Townsend came back from the brink of defeat to secure Oceania’s first win in Tottori. (Photo courtesy JTTA)

Team Oceania has secured seventh place at the expense of Africa in both the Girls’ and Boys’ Team Events at the 2018 ITTF World Cadet Challenge in Tottori.

The girls’ team was first across the line in their 7-8 playoff.

Jiayi Zhou proved to be the backbone of the team. Her defensive skills were iron clad against Africa and the Kiwi was able to post two  impressive wins on the board. With match all tied up at 2-2 the pressure was on Danni-Elle Townsend to bring Oceania home. But things got off to a shaky start, as Townsend dropped the first two games to trail 0-2.  But the Aussie dug in and clawed back a game to get in the match. After that it was smooth sailing, and teenager dominated the remaining two games to give Oceania the win and seventh place overall.

The boys followed a similar path on their way to a 3-2 win over Team Africa.

Nathan Xu led the charge, putting two wins on the board; one of which was a sensational comeback. . The team looked in trouble as the Kiwi dropped the opening two games to Mohamed Azzam. But after taking the third game 11-9, Xu didn’t look back and comfortably took the remaining two games to take the win and keep Oceania in the game. The task of carrying the team over line came down to Finn Luu. The Aussie took control early on and cruised to a 3-0 victory over Khalil Sta to give Oceania the win over Africa.

Individual events get underway tomorrow. Check out the full results here.