15 March 2007
In the Soffe
Cup interclub tennis semifinals tomorrow, top qualifiers, AWE Huatoki are at
home to Hooker Pacific Pukekura. It will be a major upset if Huatoki are
beaten. The last time these two sides met, Huatoki took it out 10-6
side will be Jonathan Ussher, Roy Gaskin, Neil Bridgeman and Rakesh or Amrit
Rai while Pukekura's men's side is unknown but will include Meto Snegirev
and Paul Simpson.
womens line-up is likley to be Lucy Barlow, Saori Han, Janice Taylor and
Robyn Hinton who will play Pukekura's Linda Reid, Donna Thorne, Kirsten Adam
and Jeanette Harding. Thorne and Adam gave Han and Taylor a good game of
singles last time before losing in the third set tiebreaker.
Manaia and Rotokare clash at Manaia will be close. In the first round Manaia
won 9-7. Rotokare look to have a stronger men's side then Manaia. Their
men's team is likely to be Chris Popata, Mark Atkins, Greg Hareb and Mike
Roberts. They will play Thomas Luxton, Jason Mills, Alistair Murdoch and
singles matches are likely to be Nicole Koch against Leith Atkins, Alesha
Ford versus Val McLoughlin, while the no 3 and 4 matches should be Maureen
Whiting against Ashlee Murdoch and Beccie Atkins playing Ginny Death. Manaia
should win all but the No 3 clash and be in the lead going into the doubles.
In the men's
and women's doubles, last time the two sides met, Rotokare took out three
out of four but lost all the mixed. They will have to improve on that to
beat the Cup holders who won't relinquish their tenure easily.
In the Wilson
Trophy, Oakura will host Manaia and Matapu are at home to Okaiawa (1).
In the Sumpter
Trophy, Huatoki (1) have home advantage against Manaia and Team Hawera host
Waitara. The home teams are favoured in both these semi-finals.
Games in all
divisions are played on Sunday if it is rain interrupted tomorrow.