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    Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games - ACGA Media Release - Badminton Team announced

    Media Release

    Wednesday 1 February 2006

    BROTHERS BREHAUT HEAD BADMINTON TEAM

    An exciting mix of experienced players and an injection of youth will play
    badminton for Australia at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games following the announcement of the ten member team today.

    The team consists of five players who represented Australia in the 2002
    Games in Manchester with Kate Wilson-Smith, Travis Denney, brothers Ashley
    and Stuart Brehaut and Kellie Lucas all bringing Olympic experience, along
    with their Manchester memories to the court in Melbourne.

    The Brehaut brothers from Ballarat become the third set of siblings in the
    2006 Australian Commonwealth Games team, joining squash sisters Rachael and Natalie Grinham and skeet shooting brothers Clive and George Barton.

    The experienced group will be joined by an exciting bunch of youngsters who
    will make their major championship debut in Melbourne. Glenn Warfe, 22, and
    Ross Smith, 21, will combine in the men's doubles and the youngest member of the team, 19-year-old singles player Erin Carroll and 21 year-old singles
    specialist Foong-Meng Cheah will gain valuable experience competing in front
    of their home crowd.

    Rounding out the team is singles and doubles player Tania Luiz, the
    22-year-old psychology student who was born in India, but moved to Melbourne when she was nine.

    The team is dominated by Victorians, which reflects the importance of the
    National High Performance Centre, which is based at Altona.

    Badminton made its debut on the Commonwealth Games programme in Kingston, Jamaica in 1966. It was the first racquet sport to be included in the Games and has remained a programme sport on every edition since.

    Of the 59 gold medals competed for in badminton in Games history, Australia
    has won only two - a women's singles victory to Lisa Campbell at Victoria in
    1994 and a mixed doubles win by Mike Scandolera and Audrey Tuckey in
    Edinburgh in 1986.

    Malaysia has been the dominant country in men's badminton, winning both
    men's golds as well as the women's doubles in Manchester in 2002. England
    has generally held sway in women's competition, although Singapore picked up the women's singles gold at the last Games.

    Badminton will be featured on all eleven competition das of the Games and
    will be held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. The team event will run
    from 16 March with the medal matches on Monday, 20 March. Teams will
    initially be grouped in pools of four or five teams, with the highest placed
    in each, after the round robin section, moving to the medal rounds.

    Competition in singles and doubles begins on 21 March, with the gold medal
    playoffs in each of the five disciplines set for the morning of the final
    day of competition on Sunday, 26 March. Losing players and pairs are
    eliminated after one defeat. The draw includes seeding of the top players.

    Unlike recent Games, at which bronze medals were awarded to both losing semi finalists, playoffs for third will occur in Melbourne in 2006, on the eve of
    the major medal matches.

    In announcing the team, Australian Commonwealth Games Association CEO, Perry Crosswhite, said the badminton team will face stiff competition in
    Melbourne.

    "Predicting the strength of the opposition is difficult as he combinations
    of singles, doubles and mixed doubles will depend on how each nation
    configures their maximum entry of five men and five women.

    "Some nations may wish to focus on the singles, rather than doubles, however we know that Malaysia, England, New Zealand, India and Singapore will field very strong teams.

    "Our doubles and mixed doubles combinations, particularly Travis Denney and
    Kate Wilson-Smith in the mixed and Kate and Kellie Lucas in the women's
    doubles have high hopes.

    "But after Lisa Campbell's performance in Victoria in 1994, when she won a
    surprise gold medal, making specific predictions in the badminton is fraught
    with danger, Mr Crosswhite said.

    2006 Commonwealth Games Badminton Team:

    Men Women
    Stuart Brehaut (27, VIC) Erin Carroll (19,VIC)

    Ashley Brehaut (25, VIC) Foong-Meng Cheah (21,VIC)

    Travis Denney (29, WA) Kellie Lucas (27, VIC)

    Ross Smith (21, VIC) Tania Luiz (22, VIC)

    Glenn Warfe (22, VIC) Kate Wilson-Smith (27, SA)


    For further enquires regarding the announcement please contact:

    Perry Crosswhite - (03) 9654 4755

    ACGA Chief Executive Office

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    good luck to Team Australia, hopefully home court advantage would help in collecting one or two medals.

    btw, Foong-Meng Cheah sounds like an asian name to me, maybe from Malaysia??

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    Quote Originally Posted by manabu
    good luck to Team Australia, hopefully home court advantage would help in collecting one or two medals.

    btw, Foong-Meng Cheah sounds like an asian name to me, maybe from Malaysia??
    that has to be the weakest team entered for some time. word has it there is some controversy.

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    wats the controvesy?i havent heard about it...i just know lenny's injured so shes left out

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    Quote Originally Posted by tze yang
    wats the controvesy?i havent heard about it...i just know lenny's injured so shes left out
    yes heard that one too. thats a shame as it makes the team very weak without her. also I was told that one member of the top mens doubles pair was dropped. cooper.maybe he was injured too.

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    btw...r they ages stated above correct?is tania only 22 and erin carrol only 19?why didnt i see here playing in U19 tournys last year then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tze yang
    btw...r they ages stated above correct?is tania only 22 and erin carrol only 19?why didnt i see here playing in U19 tournys last year then?
    Erin Carroll may have turned 19 last year & thus been too old.

    Who would you like to have seen in the team Bamta?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eek!oh!
    Erin Carroll may have turned 19 last year & thus been too old.

    Who would you like to have seen in the team Bamta?
    not sure!! I dont really know the players that well. But I would have like to see Lenny Permana play again. I have seen her in Australia

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    tania was born in india? in another article it says she came to australia from saudi arabia when she was small i am confused where was she born? is her dad an indian/ a muslem? no wonder she doesn't look like an aussie....no offence sorry tania

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    ur obssesed dude!!!chill

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    Quote Originally Posted by tze yang
    ur obssesed dude!!!chill
    what are you? a stalker.
    leave the poor girl alone

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    Quote Originally Posted by bamta
    what are you? a stalker.
    leave the poor girl alone
    WTF???!!! u saying im a stalker?wat did i say?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tze yang
    WTF???!!! u saying im a stalker?wat did i say?
    hehehe no no!!!!! I actually meant to reply to the other one

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    Badminton compititions of Commonwealth Games should have no any points for world ranking, I think. And players taking part in Games will not be able to play in China Master 2006 which is a 6 star IBF WGP tournment. Before TUC finals and world championships, world ranking is very important for any team and player to be in a kind of advantaged situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cxytdn
    Badminton compititions of Commonwealth Games should have no any points for world ranking, I think. And players taking part in Games will not be able to play in China Master 2006 which is a 6 star IBF WGP tournment. Before TUC finals and world championships, world ranking is very important for any team and player to be in a kind of advantaged situation.
    Can u rephrase plz?i kinda dnt get wat u mean

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    I saw Warfe and Smith playing at Altona yesterday after my school match. Smith is like the tallest, lankiest guy i've ever seen and his smashes are insane!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My team mates and i were just standing there mesmorised.
    He jumps like half way to the roof and he can reach from one side of the court to the other. There's no way we can lose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sudda
    I saw Warfe and Smith playing at Altona yesterday after my school match. Smith is like the tallest, lankiest guy i've ever seen and his smashes are insane!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My team mates and i were just standing there mesmorised.
    He jumps like half way to the roof and he can reach from one side of the court to the other. There's no way we can lose.
    then you obviously havent seen the results from the oceania champs last week, I just looked up the results and the Australians got smashed in all areas. you need more than a smash to be good at badminton i think. Think badminton in Australia must be worried getting so beaten.

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