15 Dec 2017
Soffe Cup will serve up the first instalment of the second round this weekend. Teams will get down to the business of making the semi-finals in earnest.
Rotokare will front a pair of number ones—Ajeet Rai and Leela Beattie—that would compete with any New Zealand player, including national representatives. The other three men are Malcolm Elder, Blair Crowley and Shane Devlin. The remaining Rotokare women are Chantelle Peters, Tania Atkinson and Julie Foley. Pukekura’s men are Caleb Fleming, Brady Simpson, David Barnard and Michael Erb. Pukekura’s women are Nikayla Barnard, Ella Rogers, Caitlin Haylock and Maree Malcolm. It will be a tall order for Pukekura to overcome the advantage Rotokare holds at the top of the order. No doubt Caleb Fleming and Nikayla Barnard will relish the opportunity to test their skills against some of the country’s best. If spectators were ever going to make an effort to watch some Soffe Cup matches these top singles matches would be well worth the effort of travelling to the Rotokare courts.
Okaiawa/Manaia are pitted against
Huatoki. Okaiawa/Manaia’s men are Hamish Mead, Vince Baylis, Josh Murdoch and
Ryan Stockman. The women are Megan Small, Lauren Mekalick, Alaire Kahupukoro and
Jaimee Baylis. Huatoki’s men will be Jayden Harrison, Alistair Nairn, Luis
Silva and Ross Lilley. The women are Ellen O’Byrne, Tracey Old, Chris Wilson and
Jae Wilson. The men's top doubles should be a really exciting match, with Mead
and Harrison both having been national finalists at junior level.