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, 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 Ellen Annabell.
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 shared 2-2.
In the doubles three of the four matches went to three sets and three of the combines were decided in the tiebreaker.
 
Wilson Trophy
Hawera 9 Okaiawa (1) 7, Okaiawa (2) 9 Oakura 7, Matapu 10 HuatokI (2) 6
Sumpter Trophy
Kaponga def Waiwaka by default, Stratford 15 Rotokare 1, Ecolab Manaia (1) 8 Waitara 8, Manaia (2) 11 Inglewood 5
 
 
Points
Soffe Cup
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
 
Wilson Trophy
Hawera 131, Okaiawa (1) 121, Okaiawa(2) 106, Oakura 102, Huatoki (1) 92, Matapu 53, Huatoki (2) 25
 
 Sumpter Trophy
Stratford 161, Waitara 139, Manaia (2) 131, Ecolab Manaia (1) 128, Inglewood 92, Rotokare 76, Kaponga 76, Waiwaka 55