Northern New Zealand player Edward Lau was the standout player of the 2017 under-17 Australasian Badminton Championships taking home the boys’ singles, boys’ doubles and mixed titles.
The 16-year-old, No.1 seed was a class above his opposition defeating fellow Northern New Zealander Joshua Feng, seeded 3-4, in the singles final 21-7, 21-15.
Lau then joined with Feng as No.1 seeds in the doubles to take home the crown beating No.2 seeds Victorian Marcus Kong and WA’s Milain Ranasinghe 21-8, 21-14, in the final.
He then teamed with Maggie Chan, of NSW, to win a marathon mixed doubles final which went three sets and lasted about an hour eventually triumphing over Ranasinghe and Victoria He, 21-17, 19-21, 22-20.
NSW No.1 seed Zecily Fung won the girls’ singles crown defeating mainland New Zealander Ella Smith, seeded 3-4 in the final, 16-21, 21-17, 21-17.
NSW pair Chan and He, seeded No.2 in the doubles, defeated No.1 seeds Fung and Nalini Kuhanandha in their final, 21-8, 21-10.
Event director Rodney Lockett said the June Bevan Trophy teams’ event and the individual national under-17 championships had attracted more than 200 players, family members and officials to Launceston over the past nine days.
“There have been no bad reports – lots of handshakes and everyone was impressed with the way the tournament has been run,” he said. “We had probably more than 150 people here watching the finals so it was packed out.”