Jason Liukuey has continued on his winning way at the 2013 Asia Oceania Boccia Championships in Sydney on Tuesday, with his third win from three matches all but securing his passage to the quarter finals.
Luikuey was among seven Australians who posted a victory on day two of the championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre, and is one of five Australians still in finals contention.
With the remaining pool matches to be contested on Wednesday, Luikey and his countrymen Daniel Michel, Tait Jenkins, Jean-Paul La Fontaine and Gavin Thorneycroft are all poised to progress if they can finish strongly.
But with Thorneycroft the only member of the quintet with international experience gained before these championships, Australian Boccia Head Coach Peter King said it will be intriguing to see how his emerging stars handle the occasion.
“We have all worked very hard on the team’s processes, and worked hard on how we prepared each individual athlete. We have put a lot of resources into simulating this tournament exactly, and that seems to be paying off,” King said.
“The benefit of our preparation is actually most evident when you look at what is not happeninghere. Everybody in our team is cool and calm and doing the right things at the right time. That is a very good sign.
“I’m feeling pretty content with how things are going at the moment.”
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Among the major highlights for Australia on day two were:
Victories to Tyler Ellis and Mecenzi Howard in the BC1 class. Ellis accounted for New Zealand’s Gary Williams (15-0) while Howard snatched victory in a tiebreak from Macau’s Tong Noi Ngai with the last throw of the day’s play after the pair were locked at 5-all.
In the BC2 class, Luikuey defeated New Zealand’s Matthew Whiting 7-2 to continue his fairytale international debut. The day before, he orchestrated two of the biggest upsets of the tournament with wins over 2008 Paralympic champion Hoi Ying Kwok and world number six Hiu Lam Yeung, both from Hong Kong.
In the B3 class, Daniel Michel defeated New Zealander Anthea Hurst 6-1 just hours after completing his mathematics examination for the NSW Higher School Certificate, while Tate Jenkins held his nerve in a thrilling contest against Thailand’s Chanatcha Soontornphor to win 3-2.
In the B4 class, Jean-Paul La Fontaine prevailed 8-0 over team-mate Dean Nottle to keep his hopes of a quarter finals appearance alive.
Australian results – Day 2
Scott Elsworth (AUS) defeated Fleur Mann (NZL) 13 – 1
Jean-Paul La Fontaine (AUS) defeated Dean Nottle (AUS) 8 – 0
Jason Liukuey (AUS) defeated Matthew Whiting (NZL) 7 – 2
Tait Jenkins (AUS) defeated Chanatcha Soontornphor (THA) 3 – 2
Daniel Michel (AUS) defeated Anthea Hurst (NZL) 6 – 1
Tyler Ellis (AUS) defeated Gary Williams (NZL) 15 – 0
Mecenzi Howard (AUS) defeated Tong Noi Ngai (MAC) 5 – 5 (won via tiebreak)
Zhiqiang Yan (CHN) defeated Fiona Lyons (AUS) 10 – 0
So Yeong Jeong (KOR) defeated Lachlan Kavanagh (AUS) 12 – 1
Qi Zhang (CHN) defeated Tyler Ellis (AUS) 4 – 3
Takayuki Kitani defeated Mecenzi Howard (AUS) 18 – 2
Hidetaka Sugimara defeated Scott Elsworth (AUS) 6 – 2
Yuen Kei Ho (HKG) defeated Angie McReynolds (AUS) 9 – 0
Australian results – Day 1
Jason Liukuey (AUS) defeated Karen (Hoi Ying) Kwok (HKG) 4 – 2
Jason Liukuey (AUS) defeated Hiu Lam Yeung (HKG) 3 – 2
Jean-Paul La Fontaine (AUS) defeated Akira Kinoshita (JAP) 11- 0
Gavin Thorneycroft (AUS) defeated Angie McReynolds (AUS) 4 – 3
Gavin Thorneycroft (AUS) defeated Suraphol Chandee (THA) 5 – 3
Daniel Michel (AUS) defeated Lieguo Dong (CHN) 8 – 2
Mongkol Jitsa-Ngiem (THA) defeated Fiona Lyons (AUS) 6 – 2
Pattaya Tadtong (THA) defeated Mecenzi Howard (AUS) 12 – 0
U Kei Tang (MAC) defeated Tyler Ellis (AUS) 3 – 2
So Yeong Jeong (KOR) defeated Scott Elsworth (AUS) 6 – 1
Ho Won Jeong (KOR) defeated Tait Jenkins (AUS) 9 – 1
Yuansen Zheng (CHN) defeated Dean Nottle (AUS) 12 – 0
Yuansen Zheng (CHN) defeated Jean-Paul La Fontaine (AUS) 10 – 0
Hidetaka Sugimura (JAP) defeated Lachlan Kavanagh (AUS) 6 – 0
Han Soo Kim (KOR) defeated Angie McReynolds (AUS) 12 – 0
For full results visit www.boccia2013.com.au/results
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