13 March 2009
resumes today after a four week break due to Taranaki Anniverary Weekend
(not scheduled), a rainout and the senior rep match (not scheduled).
match is the one between the top two teams, Central Finance Rotokare and
Hareb Deken Oakura at Oakura.
In the first
round it was 11-5 to Rotokare. The top two men's singles are likely to be
between Rotokare's Ben Pollard and Chris Popata against Graeme Mitchell and
John Hardie Boys with the Rotokare pair favoured.
In the women's
singles, Rotokare's Catherine Stevenson and Kelly Toa will start favourites
against Sue Oldield and Becky Bruckner.
Sandfords Manaia are at home to Hawera. Manaia are likely to get a big win
like the 14-2 drubbing in the first round. Hawera's best hope, No 1 Neil
McCann may be out injured meaning Conrad Heron would be promoted to play
Cameron Koch or Jacob Gopperth. The No 2 match would be Hawera's Heron/Sean
Mehrtens playing Gopperth/ Michael Gates.
In the women's
singles, Manaia's Nicole Koch and Ginny Death are likely to have easy
wins against Sheri De'ath and Erin Annabell.
Hooker Pacific Pukekura play sixth placed McDonald Real Estate Matapu and
are likely to improve on their 11-5 win of the first round as Matapu's No 1
David White, who won three matches last time attends university and will
probably be unavailable. The top matches will probably be Pukekura's Dennis
Reid against Kyle Crowley and Linda Reid against Krystal Oakes.
AWE Huatoki is away to eighth placed Lockwood Design and Build Okaiawa and
is unlikely to repeat their 15-1 win of the first round. Two of their
players, Jono Ussher and Quin Rosa have returned to university. The top two
positions are likely to be filled by David Innes and Jeremy Wichman who will
play Andrew Powell and Vincent Baylis. In the women's matches,
Huatoki's Chris Wilson and Megan O'Donnell will face Joanne Gyde and Beth