NSW JUNIOR AND THE GROWN ACROSS THE BORDER
2012 Oceania Championship – Feb 2012
There are a number of NSW Players participating in the 2012 Oceania Championship held in Ballarat on 22-25 February, 2012. The NSW open/junior team members include Raymond Tam (also a member of National Team), Bosco Kwok, Cheesun Chong, Marianne Loh, Elena Kwok, Seng Low, Daniel Guda and Jennifer Tam.
The New Zealand Singles players seemed to be too strong for Australians. Both singles crowns went to James Eunson and Michelle Chan of New Zealand. However, Australia retained all doubles titles.
The NSW Players performed quite well in the Mixed Doubles, especially the Champion Raymond Tam:
Champion Raymond Tam (Partner Eugenia Tanaka VIC)
Quarter-finalists Bosco Kwok / Marianne Loh & Cheesun Chong / Elena Kwok
Consolation Winner Daniel Guda / Jennifer Tam
Elena Kwok beat VIC junior Joy Lai in 3 sets to get her Consolation Women’s Singles Winner.
Raymond Tam also reach the Men’s Doubles quarter-final partnered with Stuart Brehaut.
2012 June Bevan Trophy and Under 17 Australasian Championship – Apr 2012
The NSW under 17s team came back from Tasmania with the best result for Australia. The team had a tough fight with the Northern New Zealand Team in the Final play-offs: 8-8. Unfortunately, NSW just missed out the Gold medal by two games (17 games to 19 games).
However the three NSW players – Daniel Guda, Austin Yu and Jennifer Tam showed their high level of Badminton in the individual events to claim 4 out of 5 National Titles for this year Under 17 Australasian Championships. It could be the best record ever for NSW.
Boy’s Singles Champion Daniel Guda
Boy’s Doubles Champion Daniel Guda / Austin Yu
Girl’s Singles Champion Jennifer Tam
Mixed Doubles Champion Daniel Guda / Jennifer Tam
Being a member of the NSW team, Daniel Guda brings a new record to NSW by partnering with NSW players to receive his Triple Crowns. Without dropping any games/matches in the whole tournament, it could be another record for all time. Daniel is also the winner of last year Boy’s Singles. He helped NSW re-gain the Boy’s singles National Title since Kenny Ng in 2005.
Daniel Guda was ranked 1st of Australasia for under 17s
Another long overdue National Title for NSW is the Girl’s Singles. Jennifer Tam, being NSW-born, re-gain this National Title since her predecessor (both from Cheltenham Girls High School and NSW Team) Spoorti Rattan in 2002. She also partnered Daniel Guda to gain their Australasian Under 17 Mixed Doubles National Title following their success with the 2010 Australian Under 15 Mixed Doubles National Title.
Jennifer Tam with June Bevan
It could be another record for the NSW players to claim both the Australasian Under 17s Boy’s Singles and Girl’s Singles National Titles in the same year.
Austin Yu, last year’s Australian Under 15 Boy’s Singles Champion partnered with Daniel to gain his first Under 17 Boy’s Doubles National Title as well as being included in the top 10 ranking list.
Austin Yu Ranked 10th in the Australasian Under 17
Claudia Lam, member of NSW B Team, eliminated 2 seeded players and reached the Girl’s Singles quarter-final. She may be the first NSW B team girl player to be ranked top 10 in the under 17 Australasian girls ranking list.
NSW player Claudia, Janet and Tiffany in the top 10 Australasian under 17 ranking list
NSW Players in the Top 10 ranking list
Boy’s �� Daniel Guda (1), Austin Yu (10)
Girl’s Jennifer Tam (1), Tiffany Ho (8), Janet Son (9), Claudia Lam (10)
After the event
Team A Coach – John Moody is leaving us in June and moving back to New Zealand. It is a great loss for NSW where he has shown us his world class badminton skills in a number of NSW Open tournaments as well as coaching our Junior players.
Both our top boy and girl – Daniel Guda and Jennifer Tam are moving away from the under 17 team next year.
Happy to see that there are a number of younger NSW players moving up to fill the gaps especially the two younger girls Tiffany and Janet who were included in the top 10 ranking list.
Both the two team managers – Edmond Ho and Nancy Lam had done a very good job to the teams to make this unforgettable event for the players and parents.
2012 Li-Ning Australian Under 19 Junior International, Perth – May 2012
Both our newly Australasian under 17 champion Daniel Guda and Jennifer Tam went to Perth in early May (4-6 May) to take up the world class challenges. NSW players together with them are last year under 17 semi-finalist – Buddhima Fernando and last year Australasian Under 17 Boy’s Doubles Champion – Seng Low.
Seng Low, Daniel Guda, Buddhima Fernando and Jennifer Tam
Seng Low partner with Buddhima Fernando reached the Quarter-final. A good result for NSW.
Due to closer to the South East Asia, this event attracted a number of world class Junior players from top badminton countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, etc. Even Australia could not provide equivalent full time badminton training school as these countries. It was a good chance for our Australian players to understand the gap to the top.
There was a big surprise for our Australian under 17 pairs – Jennifer Tam (NSW) and Joy Lai (VIC) got into the Girl’s Doubles final. It was the best result of Australian players in this tournament. This young Australian pair had a big fight with the Indonesian Champion and lost in 3 sets in the final.
Joy, Jennifer with Australian Junior National Coach Stuart Brehaut
2012 Pan Pacific Championship, Hamilton, NZ – May
Straight after the Australian Junior International in Perth, our NSW players Daniel Guda, Buddhima Fernando and Jennifer Tam just spent one whole day in Sydney before fly to Hamilton, NZ again. They were representing Australia to participate in the 2012 Pan Pacific Championships.
The Australian team arrived in Hamilton 2 days before the event while the New Zealand team arrived right on the day of the event. The Australia management team planned the earlier arrival to let the players familiar with the court which proved to be successful. Australian Team defeated New Zealand 7-4 in the play off to retain the Pan Pacific trophy. Congratulations to the Australian Team.
The three NSW players Daniel Guda, Buddhima Fernando and Jennifer Tam won their Singles matches that contributed to the final 7-4 win against New Zealand Team.
Pan Pacific Australian Team with the Champion Trophy
2012 New Zealand (Under 19) Junior International, Hamilton, NZ – May
With players from 4 countries, Australia and New Zealand shared two International titles each while Malaysia got one title.
Men’s Singles ���������� Ai Wei Jian (Malaysia)
Men’s Doubles Samuel Ho / Riga Oud (New Zealand)
Women’s Singles Jennifer Tam (Australia)
Women’s Doubles Felicity Leydon-Davis / Lilian Shih (New Zealand)
Mixed Doubles Sawan Serasinghe / Gronya Somerville (Australia)
On top of Jennifer Tam possibly being the Youngest Champion of this International Women’s Singles Title in History, our other NSW juniors also performed well. Daniel Guda, partnering with Athithan Selladurai (VIC) got into the Men’s Doubles final. He also reached the Semi-finals for Men’s Singles but unfortunately lost to the Champion from Malaysia.
Buddhima is serving in the Girl’s Doubles Semi-final
Buddhima Fernando, partnering with Jennifer Tam played so well but just missed by a little bit of luck. They lost in the Semi-final in a very tight 3 setter – 21-18, 24-26, 19-21.
2012 VIC International ��� with 13 countries participants
NSW Open achieved one of the best results ever for an International Championship
Raymond Tam Men’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles
Jennifer Tam Women’s Singles
Michael Fariman Men’s Singles, Men’s Doubles
2012 Australian Under 19 Championship / CP Maddern Trophies
On top of being Runner-up in the Team, NSW team also perform well in the individual. Especially Buddhima and Cham brought back two Under 19 Champion Trophies.
Buddhima Fernando Girls Singles Champion, Girls Doubles Runner-up
Cham Chen Boys Doubles Champion, Mixed Doubles Runner-up
Jennifer Tam Girls Singles Semi-finalist, Girls Doubles Runner-up, Mixed Doubles Runner-up
Daniel Guda Boys Singles Runner-up, Mixed Doubles Semi-finalist
2012 Ede Clendinen / Australian Closed Championship
Defending Champion NSW Open team performed well in the team event but lost in the final play-off with VIC Team with very tight match.
NSW player also performed well in the individual event
Mens Doubles Champion Raymond Tam / Guy Gibson
Mixed Doubles Champion Raymond Tam / Susan Wang
Mens Singles Winner Kenny Ng
Mens Doubles Winner Daniel Guda / Seng Low
Mens Doubles Runner-up Cham Chen / Ferry Kurniawan
Womens Doubles Winner Marianne Loh /Wenx Hansen
Womens Doubles Runner-up �� Chameka Madurawe / Jennifer Tam
Mixed Doubles Runner-up Jonathan Sun / Michelle Tam
2012 Australian Under 15 Championship / Val Nesbitt Trophy
NSW under 15 Team finally came back as the top team in Australia in this year Val Nesbitt Trophy after three Runner-up for the senior grades.
Huaidong Tang Boy’s Singles Champion, Boy’s Doubles Champion, Mixed Doubles Runner-up
Justin Lee Boy’s Singles Runner-up, Boy’s Doubles Champion, Mixed Double Semi-Finalist
Tiffany Ho Girls Singles Runner-up, Girls Doubles Runner-up, Mixed Doubles Runner-up
Janet Son Girls Singles Semi-finalist, Girls Doubles Runner-up, Mixed Doubles Semi-finalist
Vincent He Boy’s Doubles Semi-finalist
Cedric Koh �� Boy’s Doubles Semi-finalist
Ysabel Say Girls Singles Semi-finalist
Katrina Lowe �� Girls Doubles Semi-finalist
Jodee Vega Girls Doubles Semi-finalist
2012 Li-Ning Singapore Junior International
There are couples of NSW junior selected to join the national for the Singapore International. Number of Traditional Strong Badminton countries sent their future star – e.g. Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Taipei etc.
The best results for Australian Team are:
U17 Girls Doubles Quarter-finalists Jennifer Tam / Grace Ngiam
U15 Boys Singles �� Huaidong Tang – Round 4 (Best Australia Result for Boys Singles in History)
Justin Lee – Round 3