5 Nov 2010

In Soffe Cup matches today, it is difficult to pick the winners as the biggest winning margin so far after two rounds, is two matches.
 
Co -leaders AWE Huatoki are at home to last placed Hareb Deken Oakura.  Huatoki are without No 2 woman Chris Wilson( back injury) and No 4 man Ajeet Rai (in Wanganui for the CD Masters).  No 2, David Geange returns form overseas, and the No 4 will be either Jeremy Wichman or Quin Rosa.  Diana Carswell comes into the woman's team at No 3.  No 1 Chris Popata is in for a hard game against Graham Mitchell who hasn't lost a game in his first two previous outings.  In the no.1 womans' match, Alice Caskey will have a tough challenge also, against Sue Oldfield while in the No 2 match Oakura's Becky Bruckner should beat Robin HInton.
 
Icon Sports Tariki Pukekura are at home to Stumble Inn Waiwaka who will be buoyant after their win over Oakura last week.  Pukekura are likely to be without No 2 Callum Old (also in Wanganui).  If No1 Mike Fleming is available he will take on David Lace, while the No 2 clash will be between Pukekura's Tony Radich and Mike Lace.  In the women's matches, Pukekura's Linda Reid will have her work cut out against Krystal Oakes and in the No 2 match, Waiwaka's Michele Lace should be too good for Kirsten Adam.
 
Co-leaders Rotokare and Sandfords Manaia clash at Rotokare.  Unless Manaia are at full strength, Rotokare are tipped to win. The No 1 mens' singles will be between either Ben Pollard or Blair Crowley from Rotokare, against Cameron Koch, with Koch the likely winner and the No 2 match will be between  Crowley or Malcolm Elder and Jordan Fleming, with Fleming the overwhelming favourite.  In the woman's singles, Manaia's Nicole Koch (Taranaki No 1) will be too strong for Rotokare's No 1 Karen Cranston while Rotokare's No 2 Tania L'Ami should triumph over Sarah Kelly.  It will be interesting to see who comes out on top In the No 3 and 4 clashes with Shane Devlin and Phil Teetzen taking on Michael Gates and Tommy Death and Rotokare teenagers Beccie Atkins and Frances Gray against Maree Gopperth and Grace Kelly.