13 December 2008

Central Finance Rotokare were pushed all the way by Sandfords Manaia before prevailing 9-7 at Manaia on Saturday.  Rotokare were missing their No 1 Ben Pollard and Manaia were without No 2 Jordan Fleming, No 4 Michael Gates and No 2 woman Irene Cruikshank.  The singles were tied at 4-4 with Rotokare taking the top three men's matches, two in third set tiebreakers. No 1 Chris Popata beat Cameron Koch 6/4 5/7 7/6 and No 2 Mike Roberts beat Jacob Gopperth 3/6 6/2 7/6.  No 3 Greg Hareb beat Alaister Murdoch 6/3 6/2.  No 2 Kelly Toa had no trouble beating Ginny Death 6/2 6/0.  Manaia's singles wins were by three of their women; No 1 Nicole Koch easily beat Catherine Stevenson 6/2 6/0, No 3 Helen Johnston beat Alison Chamberlain and No 4 Maree Gopperth beat Beccie Atkins in three sets.  Manaia's No 4 Steve Lloyd defeated Shane Devlin easily.  The doubles were all tied up with Rotokare's top men taking their match,  Popata and Hareb beat Koch and Gopperth and Murdoch and Lloyd evened it up by beating Roberts and Devlin in three sets.  In the women's matches, Rotokare's Stevenson and Toa won their match against Koch and Death while Manaia's Johnston and Gopperth only dropped three games against Chamberlain and Atkins.  At 6-6 going into the mixed doubles, Rotokare proved superior by taking three matches.  Chris Popata, Greg Hareb and Kelly Toa won all their matches.

Rotokare remain at the top of the table but are joined by Hareb Deken Motors Oakura who didn't drop a match in their home tie against Hawera to score a maximum 18 points. There were two three setters in the men's singles with Josh Walden beating Neil McCann 6/4 4/6 7/6 and his younger brother Tei beating Hayden Bennett 6/3 1/6 7/6. The rest of the singles matches were easy wins. In the women's matches, No 1 Alesha Ford dropped two games against Sheri  De'ath, Becky Bruckner dropped one game against Mary Ellen Annabell and No 4 Jill Barron dropped two games against Georgia Hughson. The closest women's match was No 3 Miaana Walden who dropped five games against Erin Annabell.  There was another three-setter in the doubles with Walden and John Hardie Boys beating McCann and Conrad Heron 6/4 2/6 7/6. The other doubles matches were easy wins.
Hooker Pacific Pukekura and AWE Huatoki fought it out all day before the home side, Pukekura, came away with a 9-7 win.  There were five matches decided in the third set tiebreaker with Pukekura winning three of those.  Huatoki took the early lead, 5-3 in the singles.  Their top three men won their matches.  No 1 and 2 Jono Ussher and Amrit Rai had easy wins over Tony Radich and Dennis Reid while No 3 Quinn Rosa dropped the first set 5/7 against Meto Snegirev before winning the second set 6/3 and the tiebreaker to take out the match.  In the women's matches, Huatoki's No 2 Chris Wilson beat Donna Thorne 6/1 7/5 and No 4 Megan Walsh beat Jeanette Harding 6/3 6/4.  Pukekura's wins came from No 1 Linda Reid who dropped the first set 5/7 against Saori Han before prevailing 7/6 in the next set and winning the deciding tiebreaker.  No 3 Kirsten Adam beat Megan O'Donnell in three sets and No 4 man Callum Old beat Ben Robbins 6/4 6/4.  Pukekura evened the score by winning three doubles matches, they won both women's matches and the no 2 men's match.  As Rotokare did, Pukekura claimed the tie by taking three mixed doubles matches.  Pukekura's Linda Reid, Kirsten Adam and Callum Old won all their matches.
McDonald Real Estate Matapu beat Lockwood Design and Build Okaiawa 13-3 at Okaiawa.  It was closer than that on court with Okaiawa losing six of the eight match winning tiebreakers.  In the No 1 match Matapu's David White was down 2/6,2/5 against Andrew Powell before saving three match points to win the second set 7/5 and take out the match 10/6 in the tiebreaker.  The other three set singles matches were Matapu's No 4 Simon  Bourke beat Ryan Stockman, No 3 Ann Bridges beat Amelia Bowers - Weir and Okaiawa's Beth McLeod beat Helen Kelly.  Okaiawa's other wins were in the No 2 men's doubles with Mark Laurence and Stockman beating Jason Hurley and Bourke and in the No 3 mixed doubles Laurence and Bowers - Weir beat Hurley and Bridges.
Wilson Trophy
Stratford 11 Ecolab Manaia 5, Oakura 10 Matapu 6, Waiwaka 8 Huatoki 8
Sumpter Trophy
Waitara 11 Inglewood 5, Hawera 10 Coastal (45) 6, Manaia 11 Huatoki 5
Soffe Cup
Central Finance Rotokare 94, Hareb Deken Oakura 94, Sandfords Manaia 87, Hooker Pacific Pukekura 76.5, AWE Huatoki 53, McDonald Real Estate Matapu 53, Hawera 35, Okaiawa 11.5
Wilson Trophy
Ecolab Manaia 75, Waiwaka 60, Stratford 56, Oakura 42, Huatoki 37, Lockwood Design and Build Okaiawa 28, Matapu 26