Tasmanian Kayden Gardner earns first wins at Australasian under-17 badminton championships

REWARDED: Yolla teenager Kayden Gardner had a day out for his Territories side at the Australasian under-17 championships in Launceston on Tuesday. Picture: Neil Richardson.
REWARDED: Yolla teenager Kayden Gardner had a day out for his Territories side at the Australasian under-17 championships in Launceston on Tuesday. Picture: Neil Richardson.

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.