14 October 2011

Soffe Cup Tennis gets underway Saturday.  This year, teams will be trialling a new format.  The goal is to shorten the day and attract more to the sport.  The first week will see teams playing singles then menís and womenís doubles, giving a total of 12 games, the following week there will be singles and combined doubles; which is also a total of 12 games.  This change also applies to the Wilson and Sumpter Trophy which starts in a fortnight.

Farmlands Okaiawa, has join the competition replacing Waiwaka.  With 7 from the squad of 12 having played in the 2008/2009 season (when they was last in the  cup competition) Okaiawa may surprise.  Tough ask when playing Sandford Manaia at Manaia.  Fielding a similar team to the one that won the Soffe Cup last season Manaiaís Nicole Koch heads up the womenís line up, with Jordan Fleming the menís.

Huatoki hosts Central Finance Rotokare with both teams suffering serious depletion to their ranks.  Huatokiís men have seen their top 4 players from last year leave the province.  However, Ajeet Rai will be available to play Malcolm Elder.  Rotokare are awaiting the return from injury of Karen Cranston and Beccie Atkins.  The top ladies match of the day will be Alice Caskey and Tania LíAmi.

Last but not least will be the closest of the three clashes, Icon Sports Tariki Pukekura who travel to Oakura.  With the experienced Chris Jury joining the team, the top menís doubles match between Callum Old / Chris Jury and Graeme Mitchell / Josh Walden will be a must see.  Up and coming junior Louise Waite joins the womenís line up.  Hareb Deken Motors Oakura Ďs line up for 2011/2012 is a nice mix of experience and juniors with three of the team from the Walden family, Josh, Tai and Miaana.

 Team Lists for 2011 / 2012 Season

Sandfords Manaia, Nicole Koch, Sarah Kelly, Maree Gopperth, Grace Kelly and Trudy Robinson.  Jordan Fleming, Cameron Koch, Michael Gates and Tommy Death.  Icon Sports Tariki Pukekura, Linda Reid, Kirsten Adams, Donna Thorne, Jeanette Harding, Louise Waite.  Callum Old, Michael Fleming, Chris Jury, Dennis Reid and Jamie Simpson.  Huatoki, Alice Caskey, Sophie Robinson, Chris Wilson, Lorraine Heerdegen, Megan Vanerpoel, Abbie Vanderpoel and Hannah Briesman.  Ajeet Rai, Alistair Nairn, David Innes, Jeremy Wichman, Ben Caskey and Richard Robbins.  Hareb Deken Motors Oakura, Sue Oldfield, Miaana Walden, Becky Bruckner, Shae Martin and Chris Davies.  Graeme Mitchell, Josh Walden, Tai Walden, Len Adamson and Jamie Hareb.  Central Finance Rotokare, Tania LíAmi, Frances Grey, Karen Cranston, Beccie Atkins and Helena Goodin.  Malcolm Elder, Chris Popata, Blair Crowley, Kyle Crowley, Shane Devlin and Greg Hareb.  Farmlands Okaiawa, Amelia Weir, Joanne Gyde, Jaimee Baylis, Shannon OíBrien, Beth McLeod and Aroha Beattie.  Andrew Powell, Mark Laurance, Vincent Baylis, Ryan Stockman, Les Symes and Hamish Mead.