12 Dec 2017
December 9th saw another round of tightly contested Soffe Cup tennis completed.
Pukekura ran out comfortable winners over Stratford 14-2. Courtney Tippett was the lone Stratford winner in the singles. Showing maturity beyond her years, Tippett kept her head in the third set to claim a momentous 7-6 (7-3) 2-6 6-3 victory. Everything else went the way of Pukekura with only Stanners and Stanners bucking the trend with a Stratford doubles win 2-6 7-6 10-8.
Huatoki ran out comfortable winners over Okaiawa/Manaia 12-4. Huatoki were clearly in the mood for no charity. Even the matches that Okaiawa/Manaia did manage to win were tightly contested matches with Huatoki not giving an inch. For instance the combination of Baylis/Laurence managed to sneak past Harrison/Nairn 6-4 0-6 10-8. Murdoch/Stockman squeezed in 6-2 4-6 10-8 over Keast/Revfeim. Huatoki can be well pleased that they are a long way off the bottom of the table.
Rotokare took on Pihama with Rotokare running out winners by 10-6. Pihama fought hard and won some close matches. Kerry Desmond managed to get up over Baxter Rogers 7-6 (11-9) 6-2. They also saw two tight matches slip away with Rotokare’s mens pairing of Blair and Baxter downing Crowley and Desmond. Pihama’s womens pairing of Grace and Fleming also went down to Foley and Ingram 6-7 6-3 7-6 (10-6). If these matches had swung the other way it would have been a count back of sets to decide the tie.
This Saturday sees the beginning of the second round with Stratford now playing in Wilson Trophy. Rotokare will take on Pukekura, Okaiawa/Manaia will play Huatoki and Pihama will thrash it out with Oakura. The race is on for semi-final spots.
Soffe Cup Results for 9 December
Stratford 2 Pukekura 14, Huatoki 12 Okaiawa/Manaia 4, Rotokare 10 Pihama 6, Oakura bye
Wilson Trophy results for 9
Inglewood 11 Pukekura 5, South Combined 1 Hawera 15, Matapu 12 Huatoki 4, Oakura 8 Rotokare 8 (Rotokare won on count back 19 sets-18 sets)
Soffe Cup as at 9 December 2017
Oakura 81, Pukekura 81, Rotokare 56, Okaiawa/Manaia 47, Pihama 44, Huatoki 41, Stratford 28
Wilson Trophy as at 9 December 2017
Inglewood 106, Pukekura 93, Hawera 78, Matapu 63, Rotokare 57, Oakura 48, Huatoki 42, South Combined 13
Sumpter Trophy points as at 2 December 2017