26 November 2006
rep team successfully defended the Christie Cup at the Huatoki courts on
Saturday (scoreboard below).
score was 17-7, it was not a true indication of the tightness of the tie.
There were nine three set tiebreakers which all went Taranaki's way.
off to a great start winning the singles 9-3. The top two men had
losses, Jonathan Ussher had a tough match against the No 1 player in Central
Districts, Luke Donovan and went down 6 -3, 6 -3. Zac Wills played
Shane Wilson who is the No 2 player in Central Districts and did not win a
Captain and No 3, Michael Fleming had a close 7-6, 6-4 win over Jason
Kitching and No 4 and 5, Chris Popata and Aaron Hine won their matches in
three sets over Odam Tei and Robert Creiffer. Debutant Mark Atkins won
6-2, 6-3 over Peter Durham.
two women Nicole Koch and Catherine Stevenson both won in three sets, after
dropping the first set. Koch had a tough match against hard hitting 13 year
old Kate Parker while Stevenson played Mihi Cotterill. No 3 Leith
Atkins had a relatively easy win 6-4, 6-1 while No 4 Saori Han had a tough
day at the office, losing 6-3, 7-5 to the experienced Victoria Kerrison.
No 5 Alesha Ford won 7-6, 7-6 against Kay Gleary while No 6 Linda Reid beat
Alison Shirnack in three sets.
Hawkes Bay hit
back winning half the doubles matches. They took out the top men's match as
well as the top and No 3 womens' matches.
Going into the
combines, Taranaki were leading 12 -6 and only dropped the top match.
Alistair Murdoch was rapt with the result and singled out Mark Atkins for a
special mention. The 15 year old won all three matches on debut.
to have a 100% record were Michael Fleming, Chris Popata, Aaron Hine, Leith
Atkins and Alesha Ford.
match is against Wanganui on December 10.
have a chance to watch more great action this weekend when the Rotokare club
host the Central Districts Interprovincial. It is the first time the two day
annual event has been held in Taranaki for several years. Teams from
Hawkes Bay, Wanganui and Manawatu will contest the title won last year by
Malborough are not entering teams.
teams were made up of two men and two women but this year the rules have
been changed to allow three men and three women.
team is Jonathan Ussher, Zac Wills, Alesha Ford, Leith Atkins and one woman
to be added.
Huatoki 7, Okaiawa 8 Inglewood 8, Oakura 15 Matapu 1
Waiwaka 8, Hawera 12 Huatoki 4, Oakura 11 Matapu 5
Matapu 45, Manaia 45, Inglewood 27, Okaiawa 24, Huatoki 17
Team Hawera 70,
Waitara 49, Oakura 46, Manaia 28, Waiwaka 28, Huatoki 26, Matapu 17
Taranaki v Hawkes Bay
||2-6 7-5 6-1
||4-6 6-1 6-1
||3-6 6-2 6-2
||4-6 6-2 6-4
||6-4 2-6 6-3
||4-6 6-0 7-5
||6-4 6-7 6-3
||2-6 7-6 6-3
||6-4 4-6 7-6