4 April 2009
Rotokare beat Hareb Deken Oakura 9-7 in the Soffe Cup final at Rotokare on
Saturday. It was a thriller, befitting of a final, played in good spirits,
before a good crowd, in perfect weather.
John Hardie Boys said they were going to "give it a nudge" and they
certainly did that.
without their No 1 Catherine Stevenson who was at her brother's wedding, but
still managed to win two women's singles. No 1 Kelly Toa defeated Alesha
Ford 6-3 6-2 and No 4 Maureen Whiting beat Becky Bruckner 10/8 in the third
set super tiebreaker. Rotokare's top three men all had wins, No 1 and
captain Ben Pollard beat Graeme Mitchell in a great game, 7-6 0-6 7-6 ,
Chris Popata beat John Hardie Boys 6-4 6-4 and Mike Roberts beat Aaron Hine
6-3 6-1. Oakura's No 4 Steve Novak beat Greg Hareb in two sets and No
2 and 3, Sue Oldfield and Miaana Walden beat Karen Cranston and Beccie
doubles were both excellent close matches with Oakura's Mitchell and Hardie
Boys beating Pollard and Popata 6-3 4-6 10-7 and Rotokare's Roberts and
Hareb beating Hine and Novak 4-6 6-4 10-8.
doubles were also shared with Rotokare's Toa and Cranston easily beating
Ford and Oldfield and Oakura's Walden and Bruckner beating Atkins and
Going into the
mixed doubles Rotokare were ahead 7-5. Oakura sneared the No 3 match with
Hine and Ford beating Roberts and Atkins 9-4 and Rotokare's No 2 combination
Popata and Cranston came fom 4-2 down to beat Hardie Boys and Oldfield
9-4. This made the home side ahead 8-6 with two matches in progress.
Oakura's No 4 Novak and Walden then beat Hareb and Whiting 9-8 to close the
gap to 8-7. The final match finished a couple of minutes later; Rotokare's
Pollard and Toa came from behind to seal the win, beating Mitchell and
Bruckner 9-7 to great jubilation from their team mates and supporters.
The win made it
back to back titles.
In the Wilson
Trophy final Waiwaka beat Manaia 13-3 at Waiwaka.
In the Sumpter
Trophy final Inglewood upset Waitara (at Waitara ) on countback. It was 8-8
and Inglewood won 17 sets to 16.