Ball wins top mens honours
Manawatu’s Matthew Ball has claimed the top men’s honours after the South Island table tennis championships ended at Nelson’s Saxton Stadium on Sunday.
Ball took out the open mens singles crown with a 14-12, 11-6, 11-1, 11-5 win over Canterbury’s Hongyi Li in the final, having beaten Auckland’s Nathan Xu 11-4, 11-6, 11-6, 11-5 in the semifinals. Li had qualified for the final with an 11-6, 11-6, 6-11, 11-8, 11-9 semifinal win over Canterbury’s Ivo Mikulec.
Ball then completed the double by joining his Manawatu team mate Jae Lee for a straight sets 11-8, 11-6, 14-12 win over Canterbury’s Yi-Sien Lin, ranked ninth in New Zealand, and Mikulec in the doubles final.
Nelson’s age group competitors were among the titles with Mark Nalder and Glenda Ferguson dominating the over-60s division.