David Powell won the rich Oceania Cup for the 2nd year in a row and qualifies for the World Singles Cup later this year where only 20 players around the world are permitted to play. David defeated fellow Aust. player, Kane Townsend, in the final as he did last year and won $6k. There's another $2k minimum coming up for David once he competes at World Singles Cup.
David wrote about his experience in an unexpected tough SF match and Final.
"Playing in the Oceania Cup is such an important event for any Australian – it is the only event that has a big financial gain and the qualifier for the Men’s World Cup in the same year. As defending champion, I came in the event quite nervous. The Group matches went to script then I played NZ stalwart Mathew Ball in the SF. Matt is a tricky player at the best of times and a bit of an all-rounder. After winning the first set comfortably, the nerves (and the weather) set it. It was a scrappy match that basically went point for point game for game right up until 5-5 in the deciding 7th set. At this stage, I was under a huge amount of pressure, feeling anxious and just set in a routine in which I couldn’t play effectively. Perhaps my experience got me through at this stage, but had to dig deal and ‘let loose’ so to speak and was fortunate enough to win the next few points and the match. Next up was the final against team mate Kane Townsend. Kane has been training full time in Japan for almost three months and I knew the task that I had in front of me. I returned very well making it hard for Kane to use his weapons. I served short, and more often than not made the first attack. In most cases, it doesn’t look great – however, looking great doesn’t win points at the end of day. Former team mate, William Henzell and I had a chat before the final. I remember something he said… “play the opponent, not the game’ which I thought was invaluable and made so much sense to me. I won 4-2 which means back to back titles and another shot at the World Men’s Cup later this year in Belgium. Two days later, reality kicks in and is back to full-time work as a school teacher at Strathcona Girls Grammar. Tournament schedule for next 3 months is, Aust. Top 10 Event in Gold Coast from May 5-7, Vic. Closed at MSAC May 20, World Singles Championships in Germany May 29-June 5, ITTF Aust. Open in Gold Coast from July 1-7 then Vic. Open at MSAC July 22."