11 November 2006

Manaia stalking the leaders in Soffe Cup Competition
Sandfords Manaia had their easiest match this season when over-powering Okaiawa 16-0. 
The victory moved Manaia to 41 points, second equal place on the Soffe Cup table to Rotokare, who have yet to have their bye.
Manaia No.1 Thomas Luxton overcame a strong challenge from Andrew Powell before winning 7-5 6-3.  There were easy victories for the remaining men, Jason Mills, Alaister Murdoch and Michael Gates.  Manaia's top two ladies, Nicole Koch and Alesha Ford also had easy victories over Joanne and Megan Gyde respectively.  Ashlee Murdoch had a slighly tougher match against Beth McLeod, winning 7-5 6-2, as did Ginny Death when winning against Clare Goldsworthy 6-3 7-5. 
Both men's doubles went to Manaia without difficulty, Luxton/Mills winning 6-3 6-1, Murdoch/Gates winning 6-1 6-1.  The women's doubles matches were closer; Koch/Murdoch winning 7-5 6-1, and Ford/Death winning 6-3 6-4.  Okaiawa were unlucky not to pick up the top combined match, Andrew Powell and Beth McLeod losing to Thomas Luxton and Nicole Koch 9-8.
A full strength Rotokare lineup proved to be too strong for fellow New Plymouth club, Waiwaka.  Men's No.1 Chris Popata, after winning the first set to love over Stuart Wood, then lost the second set 6-3 and had to take the match by winning the super tiebreak decider.  The super tiebreak is played first to 10 points with an advantage of 2 points.  No.4 Kevin McLoughlin also needed to work to win his singles match against David Chamberlain.  McLoughlin won the first set 6-4; Chamberlain took the second set 7-6, before McLoughlin prevailed in the super tiebreak decider.  Mark Atkins and Greg Hareb had comfortable wins over David Geange and Rhys Sutton.
Nicki Martin showed grit and experience in picking up the only singles win for Waiwaka, defeating Val McLoughlin 7-6 7-6.
Going into the doubles matches with a 7-1 lead, Rotokare easily won both men's doubles and the top ladies doubles.  Nicki Martin and Yvonne Chamberlain had an easy wictory for Waiwaka over  Emmah Ussher and Beccie Atkins, 6-3 6-0.  The combined doubles were shared; Popata/McLoughlin winning the top match 9-8 for Rotokare over Wood/Martin .  Mark and Leith Atkins winning over David Geange/Jayden Bruce 9-6, also for Rotokare.  Waiwaka fought back to take the remaining two combined matches to give a final result of 12-4 to Rotokare
In the other match, Pukekura and Huatoki had an 8-8 draw.  Stratford/Midhirst had the bye.