North-West badminton talent Kayden Gardner’s patience across the net has finally come to fruition in a banner June Bevan Trophy final day on Tuesday.
One of two Tasmanians playing for a composite Territories team, the 15-year-old captured his first wins of the 2017 Australasian under-17 championships at Elphin Sports Centre in Launceston.
The Yolla District School student helped to guide Northern Territory-ACT to an emphatic 15 rubbers-to-one victory over the WA side of Geraldton in the ninth and 10th playoff battle.
Gardner combined with Austin Chen to defeat Andrew Carroll and Jarrod Tonkin-Sloan 21-4, 21-14.
He would back up doubles success with a strong 21-10, 21-8 win over Carroll in the singles encounter.
Tasmanian player Darcy Webster-Jones teamed with Territory teammate Jun Yin to win 21-14, 17-21, 21-16 over Adam Brockwell and Dawson Lawrence.
The Hobart teenager also won a second doubles match with Bernadete Aniceto against Lucy Lin and Tonkin-Sloan 21-7, 21-5.
Northern New Zealand continued to upset Australian teams in the final of the June Bevan Trophy. The Auckland-based Kiwis beat top seeds New South Wales 10-6.
Victoria held off Mainland New Zealand 11-5 for third place. Western Australia earned fifth in a 11-5 win against South Australia. Central NZ defeated Queensland 13-3 to finish seventh.
The championships’ boys and girls singles and doubles schedule commence on Wednesday.