3 February 2008
Manaia caused a boilover in Soffe Cup tennis on Saturday by defeating second
placed Hareb Deken Oakura.
missing their top man Josh Walden as well as his sister Mianna, their No 3.
were without Michael Gates, Alesha Ford and Maree Gopperth but Alaister
Murdoch played his first match of Soffe Cup this season at No 4 and won all
his matches. He defeated Soffe Cup debutant Jack Smithers 6-1, 6-4 and
combined with Jacob Gopperth to defeat Horri Hubbard and Smithers 7/6, 6/2.
In the combines he and partner Irene Cruikshank won by default.
In the other
men's singles, Manaia's No 1 and 3, Jason Mills and Steve Lloyd had easy
wins over Oakura's Aaron Hine and Horri Hubbard. Oakura's No 2 Steve Novak
defeated Gopperth 6/2,7/6.
singles were shared with Manaia's No 1 and 4 Nicole Koch and Irene
Cruikshank beating Leah Fletcher and Chris Davies easily. Oakura's Sue
Oldfield and Becky Bruckner both did not concede a game in their singles
matches against Ginny Death and Shinae Bailey.
With the scores
at 5-3 to Manaia after the singles, Manaia won three of the doubles, both
men's and one women's, Bailey and Cruikshank won in the third set tiebreaker
against Oldfield and Davies. Oakura's Fletcher and Bruckner won the top
doubles, defeating Koch and Death 6/4,6/3.
three out of four combines.
leader Central Finance Rotokare increased its lead at the top of the table
to a huge 18 points ( and seem assured of a home semi-final) with a 14-2 win
over McDonald Real Estate Matapu. Although Rotokare were missing their top
woman Kelly Toa, and another two women in their squad, they only dropped
one singles to take a 7-1 lead going into the doubles.
No 1 Ben
Pollard had a tough 7/5, 3/6, 7/6 win over fellow senior rep, David White,
No 2 Chris Popata didn't drop a game against Kyle Crowley and No 3 Greg
Hareb had a close 7/6, 6/4 win over Jason Hurley. Matapu's No 4 Rodney
Perrett defeated Shane Devlin in three sets.
singles were all easy wins for Rotokare apart from the No 3 match with
Helena Goodin beating Michelle Furness in three sets. Leith Atkins beat Jen
White 6/4, 6/1, Anita Walpole beat Helen Kelly 6/2, 6/3 and No 4 Maureen
Whiting didn't drop a game in her win over Ann Bridges.
In the men's
doubles, Rotokare won both matches easily, while Atkins and Walpole beat
White and Kelly 7/6,6/0 and Matapu's Furness and Bridges beat Goodin and
Whiting in three sets.
all the combines.
AWE Huatoki are
now only 2 points off second place with a 13 - 3 win over Waiwaka
Huatoki led 6-2
after the singles, the men's matches were shared with Huatoki's No 2 and 3,
Neil Bridgeman and Amrit Rai defeating Michael O'Sullivan (in three
sets) and Grant Kite and the combined side's No 1 and 4, Gavin Phelan and
Rhys Sutton defeating Jordan Stayt and Ben Robbins. Huatoki's women all won
their singles, No 1 Saori Han only dropped one game against Krystal Oakes
and No 2 won in three sets against junior rep Alison Chamberlain.
Huatoki won all
the doubles, with both the men's matches going to three sets.
Waiwaka/Stratford/Midhirst only other win was the top combines match with
Phelan and Oakes beating Stayt and Megan Walsh.
Pukekura had the bye.
Matapu 2, Huatoki 1 10 Okaiawa (2) 6 , Oki 1 v Hua 2 -postponed until 8
Waitara 7, Inglewood 10 Kaponga 6, Ecolab Manaia (1) Rotokare 4, Manaia (2)
12 Waiwaka 4
Rotokare 118, Hareb Deken Oakura 100, AWE Huatoki 99, Hooker Pacific
Pukekura 92, Sandfords Manaia 77, McDonald Real Estate Matapu 61,
Huatoki (1) 91, Okaiawa 88, Oakura 79, Okaiawa (2) 71, Matapu 39, Huatoki
Waitara 124, Manaia (1) 107, Manaia (2) 106, Inglewood 83, Rotokare 59,
Kaponga 57, Waiwaka 49