9 November 2006

Most interest in tomorrow's Soffe Cup matches will be the local derby, AWE Huatoki v Hooker Pacific Pukekura at Huatoki.
Pukekura will go into the match a favourite after their 16-0 drubbing of Okaiawa last week.
Their women don't lose many matches and that is where they will have an advantage over Huatoki, whose women have not been as consisent. The top match will be Pukekura's Linda Reid against Saori Han while the No 2 match will be Donna Thorne against Janice Taylor.
Pukekura's mens' line-up is unknown but the top match will be Zac Wills against Jonathan Ussher. Ussher has not been tested so far and is expected to win comfortably.
Rotokare will be back in the winner's circle after playing Waiwaka in another local derby at Waiwaka. In the top match, two teenagers, Mark Atkins from Rotokare and Jordan Stayt clash. Atkins would be favourite after being in good form this season.
The No 2 match should be good viewing with Greg Hareb taking on Stuart Wood and the no 3 match could be Mike Roberts against David Geange with Roberts expected to win.  In the womens' matches Rotokare's Leith Atkins will win hers against Jayden Bruce and Val McLoughlin should beat Yvonne Chamberlain.  The other two matches could go either way.
Sandfords Manaia should easily account for Okaiawa at Okaiawa.   The top clashes should be Manaia's Thomas Luxton against Andrew Powell and Nicole Koch against Joanne Gyde. Manaia's team looks too strong throughout.