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.
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.
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.
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
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
Rotokare 13, Matapu 13, Oakura 5, Manaia 5, Waiwaka/Stratford/Midhirst 4