Tassie teen Kayden Gardner takes the court at the Australiasian under-17 badminton championships

OUT TO REPRESENT: Coastal player Kayden Gardiner playing for a Northern Territory combine side at the 2017 Australasian under-17 championships. Picture: Neil Richardson

OUT TO REPRESENT: Coastal player Kayden Gardiner playing for a Northern Territory combine side at the 2017 Australasian under-17 championships. Picture: Neil Richardson

Yolla, at last count, could barely calculate a population of 198 residents among the half a million Tasmanians.

So when its badminton star Kayden Gardiner was ready to take his game to the next level, representing the state was out of the question.

Tasmania just didn’t have the numbers, a position the coastal 15-year-old could relate to in his small-town life.

But Gardiner’s grip on geography had the Yolla District School student move out of the North West rural town – just for a few days – into new territory.

He joined the Northern Territory and ACT combine side to walk onto the Australasian under-17 championships stage in Launceston.

But Northern New Zealand and Victoria proved tough rivals for the Territories.

Gardner teamed with Hobart’s Darcy Webster-Jones  Tasmania’s other adopted Territorian – but struggled against the Kiwi pair Edward Lau and Vincent Tao in a clear-cut 6-21, 6-21 loss. 

He also fell in combining with Aline Souksavat to Arisa Nagaya and Tao 9-21, 21-23, as Northern New Zealand won the rubbers 15-1.

Gardner lost 13-21, 19-21 to Ross Audley before joining Sophia Low in a 18-21, 6-21 defeat to Sabrina Chung and Dimitri Han, as Victoria went through in a 14-2 team win.

The June Bevan Trophy provided lopsided results including New South Wales sweeping to a 16-0 win over Queensland. Kiwi teams provided the closest finish, as Mainland NZ claiming a 10-6 victory over Central NZ.

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