11 December 2007

Soffe Cup tennis resumes tomorrow after a break last weekend due to senior and junior rep matches.
All the matches are being played in New Plymouth in this final week of the first round.
The match of the round is the clash of the top two unbeaten teams, Central Finance Rotokare and Hooker Pacific Pukekura at Rotokare.  Rotokare's No 1 Ben Pollard plays Michael Fleming which should be a good spectacle.  Fleming has not been tested this season and Pollard has only had one loss, to Huatoki's Jonno Ussher.
The No 2 clash will be Rotokare's Chris Popata against Zac Wills ,(if he is over his hand injury), or Dennis Reid with Popata favoured.
In the top two women's singles, the winners are hard to pick but Rotokare should have the edge.  Rotokare's Kelly Toa will play Linda Reid and Leith Atkins will play Donna Thorne.  Overall this is an even tie as Rotokare have stronger men than Pukekura but Pukekura's women are stronger than Rotokare.  It is likely to come down to the superior mixed doubles combinations.
Sandfords Manaia are likely to be at full strength for the first time this season when they travel to Huatoki.  The two No 2s, Jason Mills and Alesha Ford should be making their first appearances of the season.  Mills should be too good for Jordan Stayt while Ford is likely to play Saori Han, with Han favoured.  The No 1 men's clash should be Huatoki's Jono Ussher playing Jordan Fleming and Lucy Barlow playing Nicole Koch, both should be easy wins for Huatoki.  Huatoki should come out on top with their experienced women's line-up right through to No 4.
 Janice Taylor, Chris Wilson, Robyn Hinton or Megan Walsh will fill the remaining two spots and they will face Ginny Death and Maree Gopperth.
The combined Waiwaka/Stratford/Midhirst side have not had a win and play Hareb Deken Oakura at Waiwaka.  The top men's clashes are likely to be Waiwaka/Stratford/Midhirst's' David Chamberlain playing Aaron Hine and Bruce Cleland or Rhys Sutton playing Josh Walden.  Oakura are odds on to take those two matches while they look too strong in the women's matches also.  Taranaki reps Leah Fletcher and Becky Bruckner take on Krystal Oakes and Jayden Bruce.
It should be a comfortable win to Oakura.
McDonald Real Estate Matapu have the bye.