Following on from wins against New Caledonia and New Zealand, the Australian men’s trio of Luke Cosgriff, Rohan Dhooria and Erny Tsao recorded 5-0 victories over Tahiti and Tuvalu, either side of a 3-2 success at the expense of Kiribati/Vanuatu. The women’s team, comprising Madeline Goodsell, Peng Kaii and Sarah Tan, saw off the challenge of New Caledonia and New Zealand and made it four wins out of four after overcoming both Fiji and French Polynesia 5-0. New Zealand finished second in both the men’s and women’s team groups and will meet Australia in today’s gold medal matches. The Kiwis’ only defeats came against Australia. Tomorrow’s action is due to see the men’s singles competitors take to the tables for the first time as Oceania’s best players battle for berths at this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The top 20 players have been split into four pools of five for the round-robin preliminary matches. Australian number one David Powell is the top seed in group one, while compatriot Wade Townsend is in group two where his biggest threat will most likely be New Zealand’s Tengteng Liu. The man to beat in group three will be Australia’s Chris Xin Yan, whose team-mates Hu Hemming and Kane Townsend are both in group four. The women’s singles competition is due to start on Wednesday (March 23) with Australia’s Jian Fang Lay, Sally Zhang, Zhenhua Dederko and Melissa Tapper the number one seeds in the four groups. Tapper is aiming to become the first Australian to appear at both the Paralympics and Olympic Games. The 25-year-old appeared in the Paralympics at London 2012 and narrowly missed out on a bronze medal, losing in the third/fourth place play-off to China’s Lei Fan in the class 10 women’s singles. Tapper has Erb’s palsy, which has caused paralysis in her right arm, but is still ranked third among able-bodied players in Australia.
UPDATED: It’s that time of year again – the Primary School athletics finals – the 41st annual organisation of the event which began all those years ago in Mac Cumhaill Park, Ballybofey and finally found a home @ Finn Valley.On Wednesday close to 1000 children will chase 300 medals and evident will be all the emotions not only with the children but extends to the many family members that turn up to support and ultimately make this the largest track/field outing of the year.It’s an 11am start hence the emphasis on getting to the venue with plenty of time to spare to register etc. From the event will emerge many champions of the future but most importantly it promises to be an enjoyable educational experience.41 st ANNUAL AREA PRIMARY SCHOOLS ATHLETICS CHALLENGE Venue: Finn Valley A.C., Stranorlar, Co. Donegal Date: 1st June 2011Time: 11.00am sharp Program of Events: Born 2004 60m Born 2003 60m, 100m Born 2002 80m, 300m Long Jump, High Jump Born 2001 80m, 600m, High Jump, Long Jump, Relay (see a) Born 2000 100m, 600m, High Jump, Long Jump, Shot put, Ball Throw for distance Born 1999 100m, 800m, High Jump, Long Jump, Relay (see b)Ball Throw for distance Born 1998/99 Shot Born 1998 100m, 800m Rules: Entry fee is £2.50-€3.00 payable in advance or on arrival, each child will receive mementoChildren may compete in two events onlyplus relayChildren to compete in their own age category, the exception being relay where the sections are:born 2001and 2002born 1999 and 2000Schools are limited to 2 children in each high jump, long jump, shot and ball throw.This event continues to be developing with 92 schools participating during 2011.Qualifying regional trails where appropriate will take place during April/May. It is desirable to have a local area qualifying final. Areas which had a qualifying competition last year, were FinnValley (2 days) North West, Rosses, Buncrana, Killybegs South West. Two athletes per event qualifying for the county finals along with one relay each regional event. Schools in other areas may wish to organise a qualifying competition amongst themselves on a mutually agreed day. Schools unable to organise locally may still compete at County final with one athlete per event plus relay team per age group.Principals please note the former as numbers have forced: it is therefore desirable to have a local area event if at all possible.Awards- medals top 3, certificates for all children N.B. where areas do not hold qualifying events I will on this occasion hold firm on the above namely one athlete per event per school in jumps and throws. You can understand this as there are time and safety limitations on the day.The only change to the normal format is that I will organise the relays based on school size (this proved very popular in more recent years ): small school —-1 to 100 pupils, medium size —-1 to 200, large schools— 200 plus Further Details from Patsy McGonagle at 087 2226112Email: Patsymcgonagle@hotmail.comUPDATED: PRIMARY SCHOOLS ATHLETICS CHALLENGE DETAILS UNVEILED was last modified: May 31st, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegal primary school sports challenge