Table tennis: Dye secures SI title

Men's singles finalists Ben Duffy (left), of Otago, and Craig Dye, of North Harbour, play...
Men's singles finalists Ben Duffy (left), of Otago, and Craig Dye, of North Harbour, play together in the doubles at the South Island championships in Dunedin on Saturday. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Aucklander Craig Dye was a surprise and dominant winner of the men's singles at the South Island championships in Dunedin on Saturday.

Dye thumped Otago's Ben Duffy 12-10, 12-10, 11-4, 11-5 in the final at Bayfield High School.

Dye had been in top form all day and had swept Canterbury's Grant Wilson aside 11-4, 11-2, 11-6, 11-7 in one semifinal.

In the other semifinal, Duffy reversed his heavy defeat to Wang Qi in the Otago Open final with an 11-7, 11-5, 10-12, 11-7, 11-9 win over Qi.

Dye and Duffy to combined to win the open doubles title after a round-robin competition. Wilson and fellow Cantabrian Jeff Mason were runners-up.

Brodie Smith (Otago) and Mimi Walle (Canterbury) claimed the open mixed doubles title with an 11-8, 11-7, 11-8 win over Robin Sew Hoy (Otago) and Ola Ratka (Canterbury).

Southland's Debbie Garrett won the open women's singles title, decided after a round robin. Garrett combined with Otago's Debra King to win the open women's doubles round robin, with Walle and Ratka finishing second.

 

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