15 October 2011

Sandfords Manaia were predictably too strong on their home patch for newcomer's Farmlands Okaiawa, in the clash of the two South Taranaki sides, winning 10-2.  Taranaki No.1 Jordan Fleming was pushed to a tense 2nd set tiebreak in their rain-interrupted match before defeating Andrew Powell 6-2 7-6(5).  Cameron Koch beat Mark Laurence 6-1 6-0 and Michael Gates defeated Vincent Baylis 7-5 6-3 but Beauden Fleming went down to  Ryan Stockman, getting Okaiawa on the board.  Manaia's ladies showed their strength and depth winning all singles largely untroubled, to have the overall score at 7-1.  Nicole Koch beat Joanne Gyde 6-1 6-1, Maree Gopperth beat Jaimee Baylis 6-1 6-2, Grace Kelly beat Shannon O'Brien 6-1 6-1 and Trudy Nielsen defeated Aroha Beattie 6-2 6-1.

Manaia were dominant in the top men's doubles,  J.Fleming/Koch winning 6-0 6-0; and in the top ladies doubles, Nicole Koch/Maree Gopperth winning 6-3 6-0.  Okaiawa fought back late in the tie by winning the bottom ladies doubles, Shannon O'Brien /Aroha Beattie defeating Grace Kelly /Trudy Neilsen 6-4 6-1 and then probably should have won the bottom men's doubles.  After a poor first set which they lost 6-3, Laurence/Baylis came storming back to win the 2nd set against Gates/B.Fleming 6-2.  The momentum was with the Okaiawa pair but the steady head and hand of Michael Gates guiding his young partner was enough to swing the match back their way in the deciding super-tiebreak 10-5.

Sandfords Manaia showed that they are going to be the potent powerhouse of past seasonís and Farmlands Okaiawa showed glimpses of the ability which won them last seasonís Wilson Trophy, with which they could trouble some of the lesser sides.

Central Finance Rotokare's Malcolm Elder was too wily for Ajeet Rai (Huatoki), throwing up lobs and making brilliant retrievals with his running game.  Rai found himself having to play that extra shot  however he wasn't overpowered and at the age of 12 can only get stronger and smarter . Blair Crowley (Rotakare) was just too powerful with a big serve enabling him to control the outcome of his singles match against Alistair Nairn (Huatoki).  Dave Innes (Huatoki) out-sliced Kyle Crowley (Rotokare), using his experience to vary the speed of the ball.  Jeremy Wichman (Huatoki) had a chance to win in the second set against a long time competitor Buzz Campbell (Rotokare), but fell just short with Campbell winning 6-3 7-6. 

Sophie Robertson (Huatoki) showed she has been working on her tennis over the off season with a decisive win over Frances Gray (Rotokare).   AWE Huatokiís Alice Caskey had a important win beating Tania LíAmi  10-8 in the third set tie-breaker.  Final score 6-6.

Pukekura defeated Oakura 11-1.