20 Aug 2012

West Pacific retain regional title

News Article

Marcia Tere-Apisah (PNG)

The West Pacific team retained the Pacific Oceania Junior Championships (POJC) regional title after defeating players from the two other regional teams last weekend in Fiji.

West Pacific regained the title they have held ten times after securing a comfortable win over the teams from East and North Pacific, who tied for second place in the Championships.

The Championships were held at the Regional Training Centre in Lautoka, Fiji from 6 to 10 August and featured pool play in each group followed by quarterfinals, semifinals and finals to determine an overall winner. Three qualifying events had been held earlier in the year to determine the teams of the East, North, and West Pacific who would feature in the Championships.

This year’s event played host to the best 12 & Under, 15 & Under and 18 & Under players from the Pacific region.

The POJC proved to be very successful for players from American Samoa, Fiji, New Caledonia, Northern Mariana Islands, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu who all secured singles titles.

The top three players in each age category at the POJC were:

Ruby Coffin (FIJ)
Mikayla Lopez (NMI)
Marcia Tere-Apisah (PNG)
Girls 12&U
Girls 15&U
Girls 18&U

Larry Magalasin (ASA)
Johan Skelnak (New Caledonia)
Gregory Jacobe (VAN)
Boys 12&U
Boys 15&U
Boys 18&U

Players then moved on to compete in the Air Pacific Oceania Closed Junior Championships, where the finals were all-Australian affairs. Harry Bouchier defeated Jacob Grills 62 36 63 to win the boys' singles title and Lizette Cabrera overcame Georgiana Ruhrig 61 75 in the girls' final.The players on scholarship at the ITF regional training centre in Lautoka all turned in high level performances at the championships and gained valuable experience competing against the best of the young Australian and New Zealand players.