13 Dec 2012
Round Seven of Soffe Cup tennis kicks off this Saturday with Sandfords Manaia playing Hareb Deken Oakura at home, Central Finance Rotokare travel to play Farmlands Okaiawa and AWE Huatoki host Icon's Sport Tariki Pukekura.
Oakura's mens No.1, Graeme Mitchell, currently in good form will be hard pushed to beat Manaia's Jordan Fleming. Fleming gets up for the big games and may just have the edge. The balance of the Manaia men's line-up should be too strong for Oakura, with Cameron Koch, Michael Gates and young Beauden Fleming expected to overcome Oakura's Craig Waite, Len Adamson and Charlie Lewis respectively. Manaia's unbeaten Nicole Koch will play Miaana Walden, while Maree Gopperth and Sarah Kelly will be kept honest by Oakura's Jackie Keenan and Chris Davies, but should win. Oakura's Rachael Scott at No. 4 will likely play Trudy Vince. Manaia should dominate the doubles and combines.
Central Finance Rotokare's Malcolm Elder won the last time he played Andrew Powell, and the score should be close again this time around. Kyle Crowley and Shane Devlin at No. 2 and No. 3, lost respectively in their last meeting against Mark Laurence and Vincent Baylis, and will be desperate to make amends. Young Cole Hareb will have learned from last weeks debut at no. 4, and could be too strong for Okaiawa's Ryan Stockman. For the women, Rotokare's Karen Cranston is back at No.1 and takes on the well-performed Amelia Weir, while Frances Gray & Michelle Atkins will fancy their chances against Jo Gyde and Jaimee Baylis respectively. Juliet Farquhar,who must be destined for higher up the ladder should comfortably take care of Okaiawa's Shannon O'Brien. The doubles and combines will be close affairs.
An almost full strength AWE Huatoki team take on an almost full strength Icon's Sport Tariki Pukekura team and this could go very close. In-form Huatoki men's No.1, Amrit Rai will face-off against Callum Old. If his big serve is working, Rai should prevail. Huatoki's No. 2 Chris Popata will be hoping to keep his winning record intact against Mike Fleming, but Fleming will have other ideas. The bottom men's singles could go either way with No. 3 Pukekura's Chris Jury vs the hard-hitting Alastair Nairn and Jamie Simpson, taking on Huatoki's Murray Keast. With Louise Waite away, Kirsten Adam plays Huatoki No. 1 Alice Caskey. Caskey will need to be on her game to get past Adam, while powerful Sophie Robertson will give Linda Reid a good workout. Young Ellen O'Byrne at No. 3 for Huatoki will relish the hard-hitting style of Donna Thorne, which will be an interesting matchup, while Huatoki's Julie Foley plays a similar game to her opponent, Jeanette Harding',which might mean a long match is in store. The doubles could be shared, and it could come down to the combines. A close encounter is in the offing.