10 February 2007
little between the top four in Soffe Cup interclub tennis on Saturday.
Holders Sandfords Manaia were beaten 7-9 by AWE Huatoki and Hooker Pacific
Pukekura and competition leaders Rotokare had a draw.
In the match at
Huatoki, the home side got off to a good start winning the singles 5-3. Huatoki's
Lucy Barlow defeated Nicole Koch 6-3, 6-2 while Saori Han defeated Ashlee
Murdoch 6-0 , 6-3 and Robyn Hinton prevailed over Shinae Bailey 6-3, 6-3.
weakened as their usual No 2 Alesha Ford is attending school in Cambridge.
This will make a big difference to the side for the rest of the season.
No 1 and 3
Jonathan Ussher and Neil Bridgeman defeated Thomas Luxton and Alaister
For Manaia No 2
Jason Mills defeated Roy Gaskin 6-4, 6-1, No 4 Michael Gates beat Amrit Rai
6-3, 7-5 and No 3 Ginny Death beat Janice Taylor in the third set
Manaia won both
men's doubles while Huatoki counteracted that and won the women's doubles.
maintained their two game advantage by winning two combines.
In the match at
Pukekura, Rotokare were always going to struggle without their no 1
woman, Leith Atkins. Pukekura won all the women's singles, in the top match
Linda Reid defeated Val McLoughlin 7-6, 6-4 in a tight encounter while No
2 Donna Thorne didn't concede a game Michelle Atkins without conceding a
game. No 3 and 4, Kirsten Adam and Jeanette Harding both won in the third
set tie break against Maureen Whiting and Helena Goodin.
both doubles in close matches.
three men's singles, Chris Popata defeated Zac Wills 6-1, 7-5 while Greg
Hareb and Mike Roberts weren't troubled in their games against Meto Snegirev
and Paul Simpson.
Michael Fleming proved invaluable once again, winning all his games. He
defeated Mark Atkins 6-1, 6-1 and with Wills defeated Popata and Atkins 7-5,
6-3. He won his side's only combines with Linda Reid.
combines wins secured the draw. They maintain their lead in the compettion
with 76.5, 4 points ahead of Manaia. Huatoki are only .5 of a point behind
and Pukekura a distant fourth but should still qualify for the semifinals.
defeated Stratford/Midhirst 12 - 4 at Stratford in a match which could have
been a lot closer. There were three decisive tiebreakers which went
Waiwaka's way. They lead 6-2 after the singles with No 1 and 3 Stuart Wood
and newcomer David Innes having easy wins, David Chamberlain won in three
sets over Craig Oliver.
Clare Fairey and Alison chamberlain had wins.
singles wins were No 2 Grant Kite over David Geange and No 3 Shelley Childs
over Yvonne Chamberlain
Waiwaka won the
all the doubles except the top men's. Michael O'Sullivan and Grant Kite and
a good win over Wood and Geange and Innes and Yvonne Chamberlain defeated
Stephen Uhlenberg and Childs 9-4.
Oakura (1) 13
Inglewood 3, Manaia 12 Oakura (2 ) 4, Oakaiwa (1) 11 Okaiawa (2) 5
Manaia 8 Matapu
8, Team Hawera 11 Waitara 5, Huatoki (1) 13 Huatoki (2) 3
Manaia 72.5, Huatoki 72, Pukekura 50, Waiwaka 42.5, Stratford/Midhirst 25
Matapu 34, Okaiawa (1) 26, Oakura (1) 15, Okaiawa (2)14, Oakura (2) 9,
76.5, Huatoki (1) 70.5, Waitara 51.5, Huatoki ( 2) 45.5, Matapu 44, Manaia
37, Waiwaka 21.5