With pride on the line, Huawei Dragons sought to finish the group stage on a high, while the Tiger Brokers Tigers enjoyed an opportunity to finalise combinations prior to the LearnCoach NZBL final on Wednesday, 29th July.
In a see-sawing night, it was the Dragons' combination of Dylan Soedjasa and Alyssa Tagle with a dominant first match performance. Fresh from a strong win in round five, the pair led from the out-set, providing an early confidence boost to the young Dragons team.
Splitting the singles matches, Edward Lau and Shaunna Li reinforced their statuses as leaders within their teams. Putting on a masterclass, Li swept rival Sally Fu aside with an 11-1 second game demolition. Earlier Lau fought from 7-2 down against Oscar Guo, winning five straight points as he ran away with the match.
The Tigers soon levelled the tie in men’s doubles, setting up an intriguing conclusion. The next match did not disappoint as Women’s Doubles pair, Li and Ashley Tan overcame the persistent Tigers duo 12-10, 11-9.
Birthday girl Janice Jiang celebrated a mixed win with Lau, forcing the Dragons to a Golden Game finish. Coaches Henry Tam and Rikke Olsen-Siegemund alternated their eliminations, determining Mixed Doubles to be Golden Game event.
Lau returned to court, partnering Justine Villegas, against the determined combination of Soedjasa and Tagle. The Dragons roared to a 9-5 lead until a five-point streak from the Tigers pushed the Golden Game into extension. Soedjasa hammered down the attack in the final points, taking the Golden Game 13-11 and delivering a long-awaited team win for the Dragons.
The Crystal Ashley Match Day MVP was awarded to Dylan Soedjasa.
Full Match Details: Tiger Brokers Tigers vs Huawei Dragons