13 February 2008
The big match
of Soffe Cup interclub tennis on Saturday is the holders, AWE Huatoki, in
third place, versus Central Finance Rotokare who are top of the table. The
match is at Huatoki and Rotokare will start favourites. In the first round
Rotokare won 10-6, inflicting Huatoki's only loss this season; Rotokare are
In the top
men's singles, Rotokare's Ben Pollard is likely to face Tristan Stayt
as Huatoki's No 1 Jonno Ussher has headed to Otago University, a huge loss
for Huatoki. Pollard v Stayt is hard to pick with Stayt, the Taranaki Open
champion, only playing two games of interclub. He did have a good win over
Oakura's Graham Mitchell in his last outing three weeks ago.
favoured in the rest of the men's singles going by the first round results,
Chris Popata against Jordan Stayt, Greg Hareb against Neil Bridgeman (in
three sets) and Mike Roberts against Amrit Rai.
In the first
round, Huatoki's No 1 Lucy Barlow beat Rotokare's Kelly Toa and in the No 2
match Rotokare's Leith Atkins beat Saori Han.
three out of four combines in the first round which was decisive so Huatoki
will want to improve on that and reverse the overall result.
Hooker Pacific Pukekura are at home against fifth placed Sandfords Manaia
and are favoured to repeat their win of the first round. Manaia is likley to
have a stronger team this time however, with the inclusion of Jason Mills
and Alesha Ford and it may be closer than the first round result -10-6 .
In the top
men's clash Pukekura's Michael Fleming will play Mills and Pukekura's Ben
Aves will play Jordan Fleming.
two Flemings should win making the scores 1-1. Pukekura should take out the
No. 3 and 4 matches, likely to be Dennis Reid against Michael Gates and Meto
Snegirev or Paul Simpson against Jacob Gopperth.
take out the top two women's matches, Nicole Koch against Linda Reid and
Ford against Donna Thorne.
The result will
hinge on which team is strongest in the doubles.
Waiwaka/Stratford /Midhirst play sixth placed McDonald Real Estate Matapu on
the grass courts at Stratford.
In the first
round Matapu won 12-4 but the combined side should have a stronger team this
time with Gavin Phelan and Michael O'Sullivan likely to fill the top two
spots. They will play David White and Kyle Crowley. White has been in good
form, beating Oakura's Aaron Hine last week and narrowly losing to
Rotokare's Ben Pollard a fortnight ago. He is likely to beat Phelan while
O'Sullivan should have no trouble against Crowley.
In the top two
women's singles, Matapu's Jen White should be too good for Krystal Oakes and
Matapu's Helen Kelly may be too experienced for junior rep Alison
Oakura has the bye.