Vanuatu table tennis win in New Caledonia competition

Priscilla Tommy and Dean Shu have come home champions from the ITTF-Oceania Tour | New Caledonia, staged in Noumea over the past two days.

The event had the added bonus of being the first 2019 ITTF-Oceania Tour event.

In an all New Zealand affair, the men’s singles final was a rematch of the 2018 ITTF-Oceania Tour | Fiji, with Dean Shu facing Nathan Xu in a showdown for the title.

In a closely fought match, Shu was able to hold off his teammate and win the men’s singles title 4-3 (6,-7,4,7,-6,-9,4).

It was a solid performance from Shu all weekend, who had cruised through his earlier matches without dropping a single set.

In the women’s singles, Priscilla Tommy of Vanuatu made her first ITTF-Oceania Tour appearance in style, winning the event with a clean sheet.

Defeating top seed Solenn Danger in the quarter-finals with ease, Tommy went on to defeat Fleur Dumortier 4-0 in the finals to bag 500 points in the race to the 2020 ITTF-Oceania Cup as well as AU$900 in prize money.

Tommy added a second title to her haul, teaming up with Anolyn Lulu to win the Women’s Doubles title against New Caledonian’s Solenn Danger and Fabianna Faehau.

The next stop on the ITTF-Oceania Tour will be Fiji when table tennis takes over Suva from 7-8 September.


Photo supplied Caption: Tommy (centre) with Lulu (far right) receiving their award with other competitors.



Tensly Sumbe