15 Oct 2010
tennis gets underway tomorrow with the same six teams competing as last
champions, Sandfords Manaia will be hard to beat with their unchanged line
-up headed by Cameron Koch, Jordan Fleming, Michael Gates, followed by
teenagers Tommy Death and Jacob Gopperth.
The women's line up is Taranaki No 1 Nicole Koch, sisters Sarah and
Grace Kelly and Maree Gopperth.
runner up, AWE Huatoki will not be the force they were last season with the
retirements of Neil Bridgeman and Janice Taylor. No 1 Saori Han is out
Chris Popata has transferred from Rotokare which will strengthen their
line-up. He will be a the no. 1 until the return of Jomo Ussher from
At No 2 will be
Amrit Rai. David Geange will miss the first two weeks as he is
overseas. Top age group rep, 11 year old Ajeet Rai will come into the
will be at No 1 followed by Chris Wilson. Robyn Hinton returns from
injury and 14 year old Sophie Roberston will make her debut.
Oakura has lost John Hardie Boys through injury but otherwise has the same
squad. Graeme Mitchell and Steve Novak will be the top pairing with
Sue Oldfield and Becky Bruckner in the women's line up. Josh and
Miaana Walden will come into the team when they return from university.
Rotokare has lost Chris Popata to Huatoki and No 1 Catherine Stevenson is
missing. Offsetting that is the introduction of hard - hitting Tania
L'Ami. She will be at No 2 with Karen Cranston at No 1.
No 1 Ben
Pollard who missed all but the first game last season through injury, will
spearhead a strong men's team followed by Blair Crowley and Malcolm Elder.
Tariki Pukekura Park have gained former player Tony Radich who has been at
university. The rest of the squad is the same with Mike Fleming,
Callum Old, Denis Reid and Meto Snegirev filling the top spots. The women's
team has been the same for many years. It will once again be lead by
Linda Reid, followed by Kirsten Adam, Donna Thorne and Jeanette Harding.
Waiwaka are expected to field a similar line -up to last season, headed by
the Lace brothers, Mike and Dave with teenagers Michael Lloyd and Simon
Momich completing the mens' team.
team is likely to include Krstyal Oakes, Michele Lace,Jaydn Bruce and
Sandfords Manaia should get off to a flying start, at home to Stumble Inn
Waiwaka. Central Finance Rotokare will battle it out with Hareb Deken
Oakura at home. AWE Huatoki are at home to Icon Sports Tariki Pukekura
in a local derby.
Manaia - Cameron Koch, Jordan Fleming, Michael Gates, Tommy Death, Jacob
Gopperth, Nicole Koch, Sarah Kelly, Grace Kelly, Maree Gopperth
AWE Huatoki -
Jono Ussher, Chris Popata, Amrit Rai, Dave Innes, David Geange, Ajeet Rai,
Jeremy Wichman, Alice Caskey, Chris Wilson , Robyn Hinton, Sophie Robertson,
Oakura - Graham Mitchell. Steve Novak, Josh Walden, Tei Walden, Len Adamson,
Sue Oldfield, Becky Bruckner, Miaana Walden, Chris Davies, Shae Martin
Rotokare - Ben Pollard, Blair Crowley, Malcolm Elder, Kyle Crowley, Shane
Devlin, Greg Hareb , Mike Roberts, Karen Cranston, Tania L'Ami, Beccie
Atkins, Frances Gray, Beth O' Neill
Tariki Pukekura Park - Mike Fleming, Callum Old, Dennis Reid, Meto Snegirev,
Paul Simpson, Linda Reid, Kirsten Adam, Donna Thorne, Jeanette Harding,
Waiwaka - Mike Lace. Dave Lace, Michael Lloyd, Simon Momich, Bob Momich,
Steve Lloyd, Krystal Oakes, Michele Lace, Jaydn Bruce, Shuna Giles, Melissa
Division 2 and
3 of A grade, the Wilson and Sumpter Trophy, start on 30 October.