11 Feb 2017
Pukekura took the lead in the Soffe Cup points table with a 10-6 win over last week's leaders Huatoki with the home court advantage this week. The closest fought tie was that between Oakura and Pihama which resulted in an 8-8 all score line after completion of games however Oakura secured the win on games countback 19-18. In the other result Okaiawa/Manaia secured a victory over Rotokare 10-6.
As predicted the tie between Soffe Cup leaders Huatoki and Pukekura was a game of two halves with Huatoki fielding stronger men and Pukekura showing complete dominance in the women's however Huatoki faltered when Alistair Nairn lost in a three set battle to Andrew Hood 6-4 1-6 6-2 which meant the score after singles was 5-3 to Pukekura. Ajeet Rai showed his class at one for Huatoki and was untroubled in his three games. The men's doubles were won by Huatoki and the women's by Pukekura then Pukekura secured 3 of the 4 mixed doubles to secure the overall victory.
In the Oakura v Pihama clash, Pihama trailed 5-3 after singles but some quality doubles and combines combinations and play saw them take Oakura to a countback on games which Oakura eventually won 19-18. Pihama won all the doubles games and two of the four combines. In the men's singles Oakura's Graeme Mitchell, Brady Simpson and Len Adamson all beat their counterparts in two sets with only Jaime Simpson losing to Jordan Fleming 6-3 6-3. The women's singles saw Pihama's Paris Butters have her first Soffe cup loss at the hands of Miaana Walden in three sets with other wins going to Jackie Keenan and Ana Spurdle over Maree Gopperth and Grace Kelly.
As predicted Okaiawa/Manaia fielding a stronger men's lineup was this week too strong for Rotokare. Okaiawa/Manaia won all the men's singles with the closest tie being the number one men's match between Hamish Mead and Blair Crowley with Mead prevailing 7-6 6-2 to secure victory. Rotokare's consistent women's lineup was again their strength with four from four wins from Chantelle Peters, Tania Atkinson, Brittaney Carr and Julie Foley. This meant a 4-4 score line after singles and then then the doubles were also shared evenly to make it 6-6. Okaiawa/Manaia's strength in the men was used to their advantage to then secure four from four of the combines games and take the tie overall 10-6.There are now two more weeks of round robin play until the semifinalists are decided with these to be held on the weekend of 4th March.