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Good standard was seen on the Badminton scene in 1979 in Invercargill. The crowd enjoyed seeing a lot of three set matches and the close scoring.
As was expected the top seeds had little trouble in winning early on in the competition.
Peter Skelt looked fresh and ready for a great tournament, whereas his brother Nigel looked a bit more tired, which was probably from his recent tour of Australia.
Lyn Roy looked set to win the women's singles.
In the first round Murray Brown had a good win over M. Wehi in the under 18 boys singles and met S. MacRory in the final...
Some of the players involved were:
W. Boniface, P. McLean, Ian Pottinger, N. Maxwell, Michael Lindsay, J. Smith, M. McCartney, A. Brash, S. MacRory, N. Adamson, D. Wallers, J. Courane, B. Thompson, W. White.
D.Howard, T. Smith, R. Bennett, D. Wohlers, L. Salton, I. Sinclair, C. Brown.
P. Barnes, D. Southby, G. Salton, T. Bennett, J. Thompson, G. Anderson, Philippa Muir, R. Brown, E. Anderson, P. Barnes, L. Lindsay, C. Taylor, G. Salton, P. Froude, T. Manaena, P. Holmes, P. Maxwell, F. Kingsland, B. McLean.
P. Gulasekharam, D. Howard, J. Milne, R. Grubb, A. Brash, A. Whyte, T. Blackler, D. Skelt, N. Hamilton, J. Hamilton.
B. McLean, W. gray, E. Anderson, V. Christie, R. Brown, Barbara Lindsay, T. Barnes, T. Salton, T. Bennett, T. Manaena, Liz Sloan, L. Skelt, P. Froude, P. Haslemore.
A. Lawson, L. Murray, S. Kennard, D. Ford.
Reference: Good Standard In Badminton. The Southland Times. August 1979.
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