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One each for Australia and New Zealand

Traditional Oceania powerhouses Australia and New Zealand split the race to qualify for the Thomas and Uber Cups, with the Kiwis taking the sole ticket on offer for the Thomas Cup and the Aussies winning the berth to the Uber Cup.

In the qualifiers in Ballart, Australia, the New Zealand team had James Eunson-Michael Fowke to thank for securing their place in the Thomas cup after they defeated Ben Mccarthy-Raymond Tam 21-19, 8-21, 21-19, in the second doubles to give them a 3-2 win.

The win meant New Zealand topped the round-robin group with maximum points after earlier defeating both Tahiti and New Caledonia 5-0.

Australia, who also defeated Tahiti and New Caledonia 5-0, finished second while New Caledonia were third after their 4-1 win over Tahiti.

In the Uber Cup, only three teams – Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia competed for a place in the Finals, which will be held at Wuhan, China, from May 20-27.

As expected Australia and New Zealand both trounced New Caledonia 5-0 to set-up what in essence was a final when they paired off on Sunday.

Michelle Chan Ky (above), gave the Kiwis the lead after beating Victoria Na 21-8, 21-18, but the hosts then hit back to win the next four ties for a 4-1 victory and a berth to the Uber Cup Finals.

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