16 February 2008
AWE Huatoki had their biggest win of the season
in Soffe Cup tennis on Saturday and it was against competition leaders
Central Finance Rotokare, 14-2.
In an awesome display at the Huatoki courts,
Huatoki won all the singles led by No 1 Tristan Stayt who had no trouble
against Ben Pollard, winning 6/2, 6/1. No 2 Jordan Stayt won a marathon 3
and 3/4 hour match 6-3 6-7 7-6 against Chris Popata who was battling with a
back injury and in the latter stages, cramp. No 3 Neil Bridgeman had a
close 7-5 6-4 over Greg Hareb while No 4 Amrit Rai had an easy 6-1 6-3 win
over fellow junior rep Jayden Hareb.
In the women's singles No 1 Lucy Barlow did not
drop a game against Kelly Toa while No 2 Saori Han beat Leith Atkins 6/3,
In the No 3 and 4 matches, Huatoki's ever
reliable Chris Wilson beat Kate Laurenson and Megan Walsh beat Leanne
O'Hallahan in three sets.
The doubles were easy wins by Huatoki apart from
the No 2 men's doubles with Greg and Jayden Hareb having a walkover against
Jordan Stayt and Bridgeman and Pollard and Toa beating Tristan Stayt and
Wilson in the top combines.
The win puts Huatoki into second place, nine
points head of Hooker Pacific Pukekura and eyeing up a home semi-final.
Rotokare's lead has been cut to seven points but
they are assured of a home semi-final in three week's time.
Hooker Pacific Pukekura moved up to third place
with a 12-4 win over Sandfords Manaia at Pukekura. Pukekura led 6-2
after the singles with No 1 Michael Fleming only dropping one game against
Jordan Fleming. No 3 Dennis Reid beat Jacob Gopperth in three sets and No 4
Nick Steventon 7/5, 6/4. Pukekura won all but the top women's singles, No 2
Donna Thorne beat Ginnny Death 6-0 6-2, No 3 Jeanette Harding beat Shinae
Bailey and Tania Fleming beat Maree Gopperth 6-2 7-5. Manaia's No 2
Michael Gates beat Ben Aves 6/0, 6/1 and No 1 Alesha Ford had a 6-4 6-2 win
over Linda Reid. Manaia found it hard going without their top two players
Jason Mills and Nicole Koch. Pukekura only dropped two further games,
in the combines.
Waiwaka/Stratford/Midhirst and McDonald Real
Estate Matapu fought out a 8-8 draw at Stratford. Matapu's men won all
but the top match. No 2 Kyle Crowley beat David Innes in three sets,
No 3 Jason Hurley also had a three set win over Grant Kite and No 4 Rodney
Perrett beat Bruce Cleland. The combined side's No 1 Gavin Phelan beat
David White 6-4 6-3 and they won the top three women's singles matches.
No 1 Krystal Oakes beat Jen White 6-0 6-4 and
Alison Chamberlain beat Helen Kelly 6-3 6-4. No 3 Yvonne Chamberlain
beat Carolyn Koch in three sets. Matapu's No 4 Ann Bridges beat Mary
With the scores at 4-4 going into the doubles it
remained even with both the men's and women's doubles and the combines
In the doubles three of the four matches went to
three sets and three of the combines were decided in the tiebreaker.
Hawera 9 Okaiawa (1) 7, Okaiawa (2) 9
Oakura 7, Matapu 10 HuatokI (2) 6
Kaponga def Waiwaka by default, Stratford
15 Rotokare 1, Ecolab Manaia (1) 8 Waitara 8, Manaia (2) 11 Inglewood 5
Central Finance Rotokare
133, AWE Huatoki 126, Hooker Pacific Pukekura 115, Hareb Deken Oakura 114,
Sandfords Manaia 86, McDonalds Real Estate
Matapu 74, Waiwaka/Stratford/Midhirst 54
Hawera 131, Okaiawa (1) 121, Okaiawa(2)
106, Oakura 102, Huatoki (1) 92, Matapu 53, Huatoki (2) 25
Stratford 161, Waitara 139, Manaia (2) 131,
Ecolab Manaia (1) 128, Inglewood 92, Rotokare 76, Kaponga 76, Waiwaka 55