Australia's table tennis stars win Oceania Cup titles

GALLERY: Oceania championships, day five 

GALLERY: Oceania titles begin 

New Caledonians star at tables 

Tokelau to Bendigo 

AUSTRALIAN team-mates William Henzell and Lay Jian Fang reigned supreme in Monday night's singles finals at the Oceania table tennis championships in Bendigo.

A dominant force in the region for many years, Henzell faced 21-year-old Kane Townsend in the play-off for gold.

Although Townsend's topspin drives racked up many points, it was Henzell who was in control on the big points.

In a battle between right and left, it was Henzell who won the best-of-seven games duel, 11-5 11-8 11-9 11-8. 

Henzell said his experience was a key.

"I am not playing at the level I was leading into the London Olympics. I am still training hard and doing as much as I can with David Powell."

The lead-up to the men's clash for gold was a thrilling women's final between Lay Jian Fang and New Zealand star Li Chunli.

Play went into a sixth game at Bendigo Stadium in Marong Road.

Lay won 11-9 5-11 11-2 10-12 8-11 12-10.

Bronze medallists in the Oceania Cup singles were Australian team-mates David Powell and Zhenhua Dederko.

A highlight was Vanuatu's Ham Lulu and Yoshua Sing being silver medallists in the men's doubles won by Powell and Townsend.

The women's doubles was won by Dederko and Melissa Tapper.

Powell and Miao Miao won the mixed doubles play-off.

The championships finale included the Pacific Cup singles finals.

New Caledonia's Cathy Gauthier was crowned women's champion.

Shing won the men's final. 

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