The major associations of Waikato, Auckland, North Harbour and Waitakere once again dominated a badminton event in New Zealand with all of the semifinalists in all five draws at the New Zealand 21’s nationals held in Hamilton from those regions.
Waitakere teenager Ethan Haggo and Waikato’s Vina completed solid title wins as both players won their respective singles finals in straight games. Haggo the No1 player from the New Zealand world junior team in 2007 defeating Waikato player Bjorn Seguin 21-14 21-16. Vina defended her title with a win over Auckland’s Clare Chapple in the semis and then a straight game victory over North Harbour’s Jessica Jonggowisastro in the final.
Danielle Barry from Waitakere walked away with two titles teaming up with Henry Tam(Waitakere) in the mixed for a win over the Auckland pair of Kevin Dennerly-Minturn and Emma Rodgers.
Barry won the women’s doubles with Rogers accounting for Emma Chapple(Auckland) and Jonggowisastro.
The Dennerly-Minturn and Ashraf Dhoray won the men’s doubles beating William Bok and Henry Tam in three tight games 21-19 16-21 21-18 in the final.
Men’s singles semifinanls:
Ethan Haggo(Waitakere) bt Michael Fowke(Waikato) 21-13 21-5, Bjorn Seguin(Waikato) bt William Bok(Auckland) 21-12 17-21 21-15
Final: Haggo bt Seguin 21-14 21-16
Women’s singles semifinals:
Vina(Waikato) bt Clare Chapple(Auckland) 21-9 21-14, Jessica Jonggowisatra(Nth Harbour) bt Melissa Leviana(Nth Harbour) 21-17 17-21 21-12
Final:Vina bt Jonggowisastro 21-9 21-18
Kevin Dennerly-Minturn(Auckland)/Rodgers (Auckland) bt Oliver Leydon Davis(Waikato)/Emily Ang 23-21 21-16, Henry Tam(Waitakere)/Danielle Barry(Waitakere) bt Seguin/Vina 21-11 20-22 21-13,
Tam/Barry bt Dennerly-Minturn/Rodgers 21-11 21-17
Men’s doubles semis:
Dennerly-Minturn/Ashraf Dhoray(Waitakere) bt Dhanny Oud(Auckland)/James Wong(Auckland) 21-9 22-24 21-13, Bok/Tam bt Leydon-Davis/Delius Tang(Auckland) 21-10 24-22,
Dennerly-Minturn/Dhoray bt Bok/Tam 21-19 16-21 21-18
Women’s doubles semifinals:
Barry/Rdogers bt Victoria Cheng(Auckland)/Melissa Yin(Nth Harobur) 21-13 21-13, Emma Chapple(Auckland)/Jonggowisastro bt Kritteka Gregory(Waitakere)/Mary O’Connor(Waitakere) 21-14 21-18
Barry/Rodgers bt E Chapple/Jonggowisastro 21-12 21-18.