15 December 2007
In Soffe Cup
interclub tennis on Saturday, competition leaders Rotokare, increased their
lead at the top of the points table with a 9-7 win over Hooker Pacific at
Rotokare. It was Pukekura's first defeat of the season, in what could
be a precursor to the final.
It was a tight
match with the singles being shared 4-4. In the top men's singles,
Pukekura's Michael Fleming had an easy win over Ben Pollard, 6-3 6-0 but
Rotokare won the rest of the men's matches easily. No 2 Chris Popata
beat Zac Wills 6-2 6-2, Mike Roberts beat Dennis Reid 6-1 6-4 and No 4 Shane
Devlin beat Ben Aves 6-3 6-1.
In the women's
singles, Rotokare's No 1 Kelly Toa beat Linda Reid 6-1 6-1 and Pukekura won
the rest of the singles. No 2 Donna Thorne continued her good form
this season with a three set win over Leith Atkins while Jeanette Harding
and Kirsten Adam defeated Michelle and Beccie Atkins easily.
gained the advantage in the No 1 men's doubles with Pollard and Popata
defeating Fleming and Reid in three sets, 4-6 6-4 7-6. They won two other
doubles matches and Pukekura's only win was the No 2 women's combination of
Harding and Adam beating the Atkins sisters, Michelle and Beccie.
Going into the
mixed doubles, Rotokare had a 7-5 lead and maintained that by winning two
out of four. Rotokare's Chris Popata won all three, as did Shane
Devlin. For Pukekura, their best player was Jeanette Harding; she was
the only one to win all her matches.
defeated Sandfords Manaia 10-6 at Huatoki. Manaia did not have
their No 1 woman Nicole Koch or their No 2 Jason Mills who is yet to play a
game this season. Without these players it was always going to be
difficult to beat the Cup holders. Huatoki were without their No 1
Jonno Ussher who is playing in the National under-18 champs in Auckland but
were boosted by the introduction of former Waiwaka player, Tristan Stayt,
who has been living in Cambridge. Stayt was too good for Jordan
Fleming, winning 6-2 6-0. At No 2, Neil Bridgeman had an equally easy
win over Michael Gates, 6-2 6-1. Manaia hit back winning the No 3 and
4 matches. No 3 Jacob Gopperth beat fellow Taranaki junior rep Amrit
Rai 7-6 6-4 and No 4 Steve Lloyd beat Ben Robbins 6-4 6-4.
singles were shared 2-2 after Huatoki's No 2 and 3, Janice Taylor and Chris
Wilson had easy wins over junior reps, Shinae Bailey and Maree Gopperth.
Manaia's No 1 and 4 were not troubled in their matches against Saori Han and
Robyn Hinton. Huatoki's superior doubles play won them the tie. They
only dropped two out of six.
Oakura almost had a clean sweep over Waiwaka/Stratford/Midhirst at Waiwaka.
They won 15-1, with the only joy for the combined side being the No 1 mixed
doubles combination of Gavin Phelan and Krystal Oakes beating Aaron Hine
and Leah Fletcher 9-6. Hine beat Phelan 7-5 6-3 and all the rest of
the singles were easy wins. No 1 Fletcher beat Oakes 6-4 6-2.
In the No 2
men's doubles match John Hardie-Boys and Horrie Hubbard beat Michael
O'Sullivan and Grant Kite in the third set tiebreaker. Kite was
involved in another tiebreaker in his mixed doubles match with Yvonne
Chamberlain, losing 9-8 to Hubbard and Miaana Walden.
Estate Matapu had the bye.
This season the
Taranaki Tennis Association has decided there will be no promotion
relegation for any A grade team after the first round. Points will carry
through to the second round which starts next week.
Hawera 9 Oakura
Manaia (1) 9
Manaia (2) 7, Stratford def Kaponga by default
Soffe Cup Points
Rotokare 78, Hooker Pacific Pukekura 69, Hareb Deken Oakura 65, AWE Huatoki
62, McDonald Real Estate Matapu 42, Sandfords Manaia 36,