12 Nov 2011

AWE Huatoki almost completed a clean sweep against a depleted Hareb Deken Oakura side, missing Graeme Mitchell and their top women players.  All mixed doubles were easily accounted for 4-0 by Huatoki.  In the singles, bolstered by the return of the Rai brothers - Amrit and Ajeet, fresh from hardened match play in the Wellington competition, the men's singles went to script.  Oakura had their own brothers - the Walden's.  Jono Ussher (Huatoki) had a fine battle with brother no. 1, Josh Walden, back from university and clearly lacking match-play.  Walden, often came to the net but just failed to finish off that final volley or anticipating a passing shot from Ussher.  Amrit Rai was too big and powerful for brother no. 2, Tei Walden, the score being 6-0 6-4.  Ajeet Rai (Huatoki), recently named in the NZ age group team, didnít have it all his way against the evergreen Len Adamson (Oakura), who came back in the second set.  Adamson losing the match 6-0 6-4.  Huatoki's Dave Innes was just too wily for the Oakura youngster Jamie Hareb at No. 4, winning 6-1 6-1.

The Ladies singles went much the same way with Huatoki too strong in the top 3 games.  Huatoki's Alice Caskey won the first set convincingly at 6-0, however, observers noticed a change of pace.  Caskey can only be described as taking her foot off the pedal.  This enabled Oakura's Louise Brankin to pull herself back into the match, but Caskey won the match 6-0 6-4.    Veteran Chris Davies of Oakura gave Sophie Robertson (Huatoki) a few shivers but Robertson's forehand dominated most points.  Robertson won 6-2 6-2.  Megan Van der Poel (Huatoki) was no match for the experienced Jackie Keenan, the pick of Oakura's women.  Keenan won the only match for Oakura convincingly, 6-1 6-1 and her strong net play contributed to the only other match that could have gone Oakura's way.  Combining with Jamie Hareb, Keenan took Innes and Robertson to 6-2 7-6.  It would make for an interesting competition if Huatoki could field this team consistently.  Final Score 11-1 to Huatoki


Central Finance Rotokare travelled to Manaia to play the Sandford sponsored current leaders.  Manaia has only the one change to their line-up this week, with the addition of Sarah Kelly returning from University at No.2.  She had a tight match against Rotokare's Frances Gray, with Gray winning 3-6 6-4 7-6.  Rotokare, fielding a considerably weaker team to the one that upset New Plymouth side Pukekura the week before, were without Chris Popata, Mike Roberts and Karen Cranston.  Shane Devlin, Laurie Jordan and Helena Goodin stepped into the squad with Devlin playing Michael Gates of Manaia.  Gates won the match 6-1 6-4.  Jordan had a tougher time on the court when he played Tommy Death, Jordan winning the three setter 6-3 3-6 7-6.  Goodin played Grace Kelly at number 4 for the ladies but went down 6-4 6-2. 
In the combined doubles it was 2 apiece.  With the top 2 going to the experienced Manaia combinations of Jordan Fleming / Nicole Koch and Cameron Koch / Maree Gopperth, their opponents Malcolm Elder / Beth OíNeill and Blair Crowley / Frances Gray were unable to compete against combinations that have been together for such a long time.  The scores 6-1 6-0 and 6-2 6-2 respectively.    Score for the day 8-4 to Manaia


Icon's Sport's Tariki Pukekura hosted Farmlands Okaiawa in the remaining match.  Pukekura's team sheet unchanged, except for the movement of 12 year old Louise Waite to three.  Waite won her match against Okaiawa's Jaimee Baylis 6-0 6-1.  Okaiawa's youngster, Amelia Weir will now have to be in the sights of the representative selectors with an outstanding win over Pukekura's  No. 1, Linda Reid.  Weir took the first set easily before Reid finally started to warm up, taking the second set 7-5.  Weir finished of the match on top, taking the super-tiebreak 10-4 and winning 6-2 5-7 7-6.  Vincent Baylis and Jaimee Baylis were the only other match that went close, going down to Chris Jury and Louise Waite in a third set tie-breaker 6-3 4-6 7-6.  Pukekura won 11- 1