14 Mar 2020

Semi-finals Time For Taranaki Tennis

This weekend will see the semi-finals take place for Soffe Cup, Wilson Trophy, Sumpter Trophy and Fours.

In Soffe Cup, a full-strength Pukekura will be hosting Huatoki.  The rules exclude Jayden Harrison from being able to play in the top spot for Huatoki, so it could prove to be a very long day for the Huatoki men.  Things do not look much better for the Huatoki women.  Huatokiís Sophie Robertson should be able to compete with Nikayla Barnard in the top womenís spot but players like Pukekuraís Ella Rogers and Derryn Fleming should be too much for their respective Huatoki counterparts.  In short, it will take a series of upsets for Huatoki to overcome Pukekura.

Rotokare will be away to an under-strength Oakura.  With Graham Mitchell injured, Jaime Simpson unavailable and Jordan Fleming having played too few matches to qualify, Rotokare should prove far too strong in the men.  With Blair Crowley and Will Roberts both capable number ones, it will be a long day at the office, regardless of who Oakura gets to play.  The womenís side of the fixture will be more evenly poised.  However, on the whole, it seems likely Rotokare will prove too strong.

In the Wilson Trophy semi-finals, Inglewood will be hosting Rotokare and Pukekura will be at home to Oakura.

In the Sumpter Trophy semi-finals, South Combined take on Huatoki down at Manaia and Pukekura are at home to Oakura.

In the Fours competition, Waiwaka Wizards take on Pukekura whilst Waiwaka Power take on a resurgent Stratford/South.