10 Jan 2014

Soffe Cup tennis gets off to an early start for the 2014 year with Central Finance Rotokare away to Sandfords Manaia,  AWE Huatoki hosts Hareb Deken Oakura while Naki Raquets Pukekura are at home to Farmlands Okaiawa.

Rotokare  have Ben Pollard back at  No.1 in an interesting  matchup with Manaia's No.1, Cameron Koch.  Kyle Crowley takes on Manaia's Beauden Fleming at 2 with Fleming having the edge while Shane Devlin and Jaden Hareb at No.3 and No.4, would have to be at their best to beat Manaia's Jacob Gopperth & Kody Murdoch respectively.  Rotokare's  women's line-up have Frances Gray at No.1 against Nicole Koch while No 2 & 3 Julie Foley & Hannah Trevis will be unlikely to beat Alesha Ford and Maree Gopperth  respectively.  Helena Goodin rounds off the Rotokare line-up and will play the unbeaten Trudy Vince.

Pukekura host Okaiawa and should have too  much firepower for Okaiawa.  Jamie Simpson at No.1 should handle Andrew Powell comfortably.  Chris Jury will be too clinical against the powerful Mark Laurence, while in-form Brady Simpson and veteran Meto Snegirev, after showing form at the recent Taranaki Open, will have a battle but probably prevail against  the experienced Vincent Baylis and Ryan Stockman.   Kirsten Adam, Donna Thorne, Chantelle Peters and Michaela Spurdle line-up against Okaiawa's Beth McLeod, Jaimee Baylis, Laurel Stockman and Sharon Bent with the Pukekura women having the upper hand. 

Oakura had an easy win last time they played Huatoki but this time the teams are more even overall with a number of players away on holiday.  Oakura's  fill-in No.1 Len Adamson plays Huatoki No.1, Alastair Nairn  while Craig Waite takes on the erratic Chris Avery.  Charlie Lewis & Heydon Young should have a close battle with brothers Jono and Aaron Ritchie.  In the women's, Oakura may just have the edge with Huatoki's Chris Wilson at 1, taking on ex Rep player Miaana Walden while Tracey Old & Georgia Bartosh versus Chris Davies and  Becky Bruckner could go either way.  At 4, Jae Wilson will find a tough opponent in experienced Bec Scott.