Do or die for Thatcher and Howie

by admin on October 1, 2014

Kristy Thatcher and Andrew Howie have successfully defeated Hong Kong China’s Kin How Chow and Tammy Tham in what was a must win game for the Australian’s.
The Australian’s were clinical from start to finish winning 22-4 and gaining some valuable margin in what is a very close section.
Thatcher and Howie move into equal first position level with Malaysia ‘A’ on three wins +22.
In the final round of their section, Australia will meet the Malaysian ‘A’ side of Mohd Hizlee Rais and Azlina Arshad, both Commonwealth Games representatives and Arshad a two time Commonwealth Games gold medallist respectively.  
If the Australian’s can overcome the powerhouse Malaysian pairing they will finish top of their section and advance straight through to the semi-final.
However a loss will have an uncertain fate for the Australian’s with four teams still in contention to finish top three.
Ben Twist is the second of the Australian’s to qualify for a semi-final after he defeated New Zealand’s Robert Wilson 21-16.
Twist progressed through his section on top of the ladder and in doing so replicated the performance of his Australian team mate Anne Johns who also qualified directly into a semi-final.
National Training Centre Coach Brett Wilkie is thrilled with the efforts of his singles players.
“I’m really proud of Ben and Anne who showed a lot of grit and determination to top their sections and gain a semi-finals berth,” Wilkie said.
At 7:30pm AEST Thatcher and Howie will play their do or die match against Malaysia ‘A’.
Men’s Singles: Ben Twist (AUS) drew with Jacky Wong (CHN) 18-18
Women’s Singles: Anne Johns (AUS) def Sri Lanka 21-4
Mixed Pairs: Kristy Thatcher & Andrew Howie (AUS) def Kamis & Omar (BRU) 25-10
Men’s Singles: Ben Twist (AUS) def Fairul Izwan Muin (MAS) 21-17
Women’s Singles: Anne Johns (AUS) def Emma Firyana Saruji (MAS) 19-15
Mixed Fours: Thatcher, Johns, Howie, Twist (AUS) drew with How Chow, Tham, Kwok & Chan  (HK) 8-8
Mixed Pairs: Thatcher & Howie (AUS) def Kin How Chow and Tammy Tham (HK) 22-4
Men’s Singles: Ben Twist (AUS) def Robert Wilson (NZ) 21-16