10 February 2008

Soffe Cup holders AWE Huatoki squeaked home against Hooker Pacific Pukekura 9-7 at Huatoki on Saturday.
Huatoki won two vital third set tiebreakers in the singles which proved decisive. No 3 Neil Bridgeman beat Dennis Reid 6/7, 6/2, 7/6 and No 1 Saori Han beat Linda Reid 6/2, 4/6, 7/6.
Huatoki won  three other singles matches, in the men's - No 2 Jordan Stayt beat Ben Aves 6/1,6/4,No 4 Amrit Rai beat Meto Snegirev 6/3, 7/5 and No 4 woman Megan Walsh didn't drop a game against Tania Fleming.  Pukekura's three singles wins were No 1 Michael Fleming, who made no race of it against Jonno Ussher , winning 6/1, 6/3 and the No 2 and 3 women, Donna Thorne and Jeanette Harding beat Chris Wilson and Robyn Hinton respectively. 
The doubles were shared with Huatoki's No 2 men Stayt and Bridgeman defeating Aves and Snegirev easily 6/3, 6/0 and the No 2 women Wilson and Walsh defeating Harding and Fleming 6/2,6/2.
Pukekura's top combinations, Fleming and Reid beat Ussher and Rai  7/6, 6/1and Reid and Thorne beat Han and Hinton 6/4, 6/4.
With the scores at 7-5 to Huatoki going into the combines, Huatoki won the two matches necessary to secure the overall win.
The No 3 and 4 combinations won their matches. Neil Bridgeman completed a hat trick by teaming up with Saori Han to defeat Reid and Harding and Amrit Rai and Chris Wilson beat Snegirev and Tania Fleming.
Central Finance Rotokare repeated their score from the first round over Sandfords Manaia at Rotokare, they won 11-5.  The scores were 5-3 after the singles with Rotokare's top three men having easy wins.  Ben Pollard, Chris Popata and Mike Roberts defeated Jason Mills, Jordan Fleming and Michael Gates while Manaia's No 4 Jacob Gopperth defeated Jaden Hareb 6/0, 7/6.  The women's singles were shared with Manaia's top pair, Nicole Koch and Alesha Ford, having easy wins over Kelly Toa and Leith Atkins.  Rotokare's No 3 and 4 Anita Walpole and Kate Laurenson had equally easy wins over Ginny Death and Maree Gopperth.
The men's doubles were tight three setters with honours shared, Pollard and Popata beat Mills and Fleming and Manaia's Gates and Gopperth beat Roberts and Hareb.
The top women's doubles also went to three sets with Koch and Ford triumphing over Toa and Atkins. The No 2 women's doubles was won by Rotokare's Walpole and Laurenson who didn't drop a game agsint Death and Gopperth.  Rotokare won all the combines to remain well ahead on the top of the table on 131 points, 17 ahead of Hareb Deken Oakura on 114.
There are only two more games before the semi-finals, 16 February and 1 March, and Rotokare are assured of a home game.
 Second placed Hareb Deken Oakura had a 12-4 win over McDonald Real Estate Matapu at Matapu. The men's singles were shared with Matapu's No 1 David White having a good win over Aaron Hine 6/3, 6/3 and No 4 Rodney Perrett beating Horry Hubbard 6/4,6/0. Oakura's No 2 and 3, Josh Walden and John Hardie Boys had easy wins over Kyle Crowley and Jason Hurley.  Oakura won all the women's singles, the top three Leah Fletcher, Sue Oldfield and Becky Bruckner had easy wins over Jen White, Helen Kelly and Carolyn Koch. The No 4 match was a three setter with Miaana Walden beating Ann Bridges. 
Oakura only dropped two more matches, in the combines and both were 9-8.
Wilson Trophy
Okaiawa (1) 15 Huatoki (1) 1, Okaiawa (2) 13 Huatoki (2) 3, Oakura 14 Matapu 2
Sumpter Trophy
Rotokare 14 Kaponga 2, Manaia (1) 10 Waiwaka 6, Stratford 12 Inglewood 4, Manaia(2) 10 Waitara 6
Soffe Cup
Central Finance Rotokare 131, Hareb Deken Oakura 114, AWE Huatoki 110, Hooker Pacific Pukekura 101, Sandfords Manaia 82, McDonald Real Estate Matapu 65, Waiwaka/Stratford/Midhirst 45
Wilson Trophy
Hawera 120, Okaiawa (1) 105, Oakura 95, Huatoki (1) 92, Okaiawa (2) 86, Matapu 41,Huatoki (2) 19
Sumpter Trophy
Stratford 144, Waitara 130, Manaia (1) 119, Manaia (2) 118, Inglewood 87, Rotokare 75, Kaponga 59, Waiwaka 55