12 March 2006
In a precursor to the
Soffe Cup interclub tennis final, Sandfords Manaia were made to work for
their 13-3 defeat of Hooker Pacific Pukekura.
Manaia showed why they
are the champion side; the match at the Pukekura courts on Saturday featured
six third set tie-breaks with Pukekura only winning one. If they had been
able to win them all, they would have secured a draw.
The men's singles were
all torrid affairs, decided in the third set tie-break. Manaia's No 1 Jason
Mills defeated Zac Wills 6-2,4-6,7-6 while Pukekura's Ben Aves, (a member of
the successful NPBHS team, which won the Taranaki secondary school title
recently), had a very good win, 6-1,4-6, 7-6 over Thomas Luxton, the
Taranaki No 6. Manaia's Alaister Murdoch and Michael Gates won their
matches against Meto Snegirev and Nick Steventon respectively.
The women's singles all
went to Manaia; all surprisingly easy wins apart from the No 2 match between
Aleisha Ford and Donna Thorne, another three setter. Nicole Koch, Cindy
Death and Davina Mills only dropped six games between them.
The result was decided
after the doubles with Manaia picking up three wins to lead 10-2. Mills and
Luxton won their match against Wills and Snegirev 7-5, 6-0 while Aves and
Steventon defeated Murdoch and Gates 7-5, 6-3.
Stratford 12-4 at Stratford in the match between the fifth and sixth placed
The men's singles were
shared with Kaponga's No 2, Mark Atkins not dropping a game against Grant
Kite and No 4 Jason Hurley defeating Daniel Schopfer 6-4, 6-2. Stratford's
No 1 of recent weeks, Bruce Cleland defeated Len Adamson 5-7, 6-1, 7-6
while No 3 Hasley Lobb continued his winning form defeating Kyle Crowley
Kaponga's top three
women, Leith Atkins, Krystal Oakes and Maree Jones all had easy wins over
the young Stratford trio of Kylie Jury, Min Zimmerman and Tracey
Zimmerman while Stratford's No 4 Debbie Jury defeated Helena Goodin 6-2,
Kaponga won seven of the
eight doubles matches, only dropping the No 3 combines match.
In the other match
Waiwaka defeated Midhirst 10 - 6.
Matapu 4, Oakura 12 Stratford 4, Huatoki 9 Manaia 7
Manaia (2) 3, Oakura beat Matapu by default, Okaiawa 11 Manaia (1) 5
Huatoki to be played Monday
Pukekura 94, Waiwaka 70.75, Midhirst 70.5, Kaponga 61, Stratford 35.5
107.25,Matapu 95.25, Huatoki 78.75, Manaia 64.75, Oakura 55, Stratford 19.25
v Midhirst Pukekura v Waiwaka
Okaiawa v Manaia, Matapu