12 December 2009
Soffe cup teams
had to test their depth this week with the unavailability of a number of
players, mainly due to rep commitments and injuries.
In the first
game of the second round on Saturday, competition leaders Sandfords Manaia
suffered a 13-3 loss to previous 6th placed Icon Sports Tariki Pukekura at
Pukekura. It was Pukekura's first win of the season. Fresh from
his senior rep debut last week, fifteen year old Callum Old, at No 1, put on
another superb display in defeating Jason Mills 6/7,6/1 7/6. The rest of
the singles went Pukekura's way apart from the No 4 women's match.
Veterans Denis Reid, Meto Segirev and Kerry Dwyer showed experience counts
and beat Michael Gates, Tommy Death and Kody Murdoch in convincing fashion.
It was tough for Death and Murcoch who are junior reps and were
promoted from the Wilson Cup team. Pukekura's stalwarts, Kirsten Adam,
Donna Thorne and Jeanette Harding beat youngsters, Ginny Death, Sarah Kelly
and Maree Gopperth while Manaia's No 4 Grace Kelly beat Pam Wray 6/3,6/3.
Snegirev and Dwyer won their doubles against Death and Murdoch 6/1,6/1 while
Adam and Thorne beat Death and Sarah Kelly 6/1,6/2. Manaia claimed two
doubles matches when Mills and Gates beat Old and Reid 7/6,6/2 and Gopperth
and Grace Kelly beat Harding and Wray 7/5,6/3. The home side then
swept to victory winning all the mixed doubles.
matches resulted in draws, demonstrating just how close this competition is
and the benefits of cutting it from 8 to 6 teams.
Rotokare claimed the table lead by 2 points from Manaia by drawing with
Waiwaka at Waiwaka.
started strongly leading 5-3 after the singles. No 1 Mike Lace beat
Blair Crowley 6/1,6/2 while No 2 David Lace beat Kyle Crowley 6/4,6/4. Rotokare's No 3, Shane Devlin beat Michael Lloyd 6/2, 4/6, 7/6 and Malcolm
Elder beat Simon Momich 6/2,7/5. Apart from the top singles, Waiwaka'
s women won all their matches. No 2 Michelle Lace , No 3 Jayden Bruce
and No 4 Melissa Wong beat Beccie Atkins, Frances Gray and Helena Goodin.
Rotokare's men won both their doubles matches with Blair Crowley and Devlin
beating the Lace brothers in three sets and Kyle Crowley and Elder
beat teenagers Lloyd and Momich.
doubles were shared with Stevenson and Goodin scoring a crucial three set
win over Oakes and Lace. Bruce and Wong beat Atkins and Gray 6/2, 6/4.
Going into the mixed doubles it was 6-6 and the teams couldn't be separated
with each tam winning two matches. Although Waiwaka's are still
chasing their first win, there is little between them and the top teams.
another draw in the Hareb Deken Oakura and AWE Huatoki match played at
Huatoki. While Oakura's men won all their singles, Huatoki 's women won all
theirs, two of the matches going to three sets. No 3 Alice Caskey continued
her impressive season defeating the experienced Derryn Northcott 6/3,4/6,7/6
and No 4 Sue Dalzell beat Liz Rtchie 6/7,6/1,7/6. Oakura's No 1 Graham
Mitchell beat Amrit Rai 6/2,6/3 and No 2 Josh Walden accounted for Quin Rosa
6/1,7/5. No 3 John Hardie Boys and No 4 Aaron Hine had little trouble
against Jeremy Wichman and Alistair Nairn.
an edge in the doubles, with the top men's match going their way. Rai and
Nairn must have played very well to beat Mitchell and Hardie Boys
7/5,2/6,7/6. Saori Han and Janice Taylor beat Becky Bruckner and Northcott
easily while Caskey and Dalzell beat Chris Davies and Ritchie in three
sets. Oakura evened the score winning three out of four mixed doubles.
They won all but the top match, Huatoki's Rai and Han beat Mitchell and
Bruckner 9/8. Hardie Boys and Davies beat Rosa and Taylor 9/5, Walden and
Ritchie beat Wichman and Caskey by default and Hine and Northcott only
dropped one game against Dalzell and Nairn.
Rotokare 67, Sandfords Manaia 66, Hareb Deken Oakura 63, AWE Huatoki 60,
Stumble Inn Waiwaka 45, Icon Sports Tariki Pukekura 44
points for having rep players were granted to Manaia (6 - C & N Koch),
Rotokare 3 - K Cranston), Huatoki
(6 - J Ussher,
D Geange), Pukekura (3 - L Reid).
Matapu 5, Inglewood 14 waiwaka 2, Huatoki and Manaia Blue rained out,
Rotokare 12 Manaia White 4
Huatoki 6, Hawera and Rotokare rained out