13 October 2007

Matapu had a dream start to its Soffe Cup debut on Saturday, beating last year's runner up, Sandfords Manaia 11-5.
Although the Manaia side has a few different players from last season, it was still a good win.  Matapu led 6-2 after the singles; No 1 Tom Luxton beat MIchael Gates 7-5 7-5 while David White and Rodney Perrett had easy wins over Jordan Fleming and Jacob Gopperth.  Manaia's No 4 Steve Lloyd beat Jason Hurley 6-4 6-3.
In the women's singles, Matapu's top three Jen White, Helen Kelly and Carolyn Koch won their singles over Brenda Duffy, Ginny Death and Shinae Bailey while Manaia's No 4, Taranaki junior rep Maree Gopperth beat Anne Bridges 6-3 6-3.  Both men's doubles went to three sets with the honours shared.  Matapu took out both women's doubles while the mixed doubles were shared.
 
Newcomers Oakura got off to a great start against Central Finance Rotokare, at Rotokare.  They were leading 5-3 after the singles but Rotokare won all the doubles matches to take out the match 11-5.  Oakura's women won all their singles matches; No 1 Leah Fletcher beat Taranaki rep Leith Atkins 7-6  6-3 and Becky Bruckner survived a second set tiebreaker to beat Kate Laurenson 6-2 7-6.  No 3 Jill Barron beat Beccie Atkins 6-2 6-1 while Taranaki junior rep Miaanna Walden had a tough battle with NZ Seniors team member, Maureen Whiting, 75 4-6 7-6.
Rotokare's men won three of their singles; No 1 Ben Pollard and No 4 Mike Roberts weren't troubled against Aaron Hine and Horri Hubbard while No 2 Chris Popata had a tough workout against fellow Taranaki  senior rep Josh Walden.  Rotokare's women won their doubles in third set tiebreakers but the men had easy wins.
 
In the other game Pukekura were too good for the combined team of Waiwaka/Statford/Midhrst, 12-4.  The match was played at Waiwaka.  Pukekura led 6-2 after the singles with their reliable women's team winning all their matches.  No 1, Linda Reid, had a good battle with Krystal Oakes and came out the winner 6-2 6-7 7-6.  In the rest of the singles, Pukekura only conceded seven games.  In the men's singles, Pukekura's No 1, Michael Fleming had an easy win over David Innes while No 3 Paul Simpson won in three sets over Grant Kite.  The combined team's only wins came with No 4 Bruce Cleland winning his three matches.  He also combined with Grant Kite to beat Daimon Stewart and Simpson and with combined withMary-Ellen Annabel to beat Stewart and Jeanette Harding.  The other win was No 2 David Chamberlain beating Meto Snegirev.
 
AWE Huatoki had the bye.
 
Points
Pukekura 14, Rotokare 13, Matapu 13, Oakura 5, Manaia 5, Waiwaka/Stratford/Midhirst 4