16 Feb 2012

Pukekura will host the top of the table clash between Sandford Manaia and Icon's Sport Tariki Pukekura.  Pukekura will be without Jaime Simpson and Louise Waite, who are away representing the province in age-group fixtures, however, the depth of the club is highlighted with Denis Reid, Meto Snegirev and Donna Thorne joining the squad (Chris Jury unavailable also).  Manaia do not have any age-group representative unavailable, however, with student Sarah Kelly returning to University they will also not be fielding their strongest team.
Last round, Callum Old beat an out-of-sorts Jordan Fleming; this time should be a different story.  Fleming still on a high from his win for Taranaki last weekend against Manawatu's Kurt McNamara, will come out firing.  At number 2 the experienced Michael Fleming will play Manaia's Cameron Koch.   Manaia's Michael Gates will play Denis Reid and Tommy Death (Manaia) will play Meto Snegirev at 4.  Neither have played each other before.
Nicole Koch should be too strong for Pukekura's Linda Reid, however, Kirsten Adam should win her match comfortably.  Donna Thorne (Pukekura) will use all of her experience to challenge her opponent. 

Central Finance Rotokare host Hareb Deken Motors Oakura.  Oakura will have been hit with the start of University and their squad will be looking a bit more experienced this weekend.  Graeme Mitchell will lead the side that will be hard to beat.  Aaron Hine and Len Adamson will no doubt be in the squad as will Sue Oldfield and Chris Davies.  Rotokare will be fielding their usual experienced line up with Tania L'Ami and Karen Cranston leading a strong women's lineup.  Oakura could be too strong with Mixed Doubles the choice this weekend. 

City side AWE Huatoki will host Farmlands Okaiawa. With many juniors away for representative duties (Alice Caskey, Sophie Robertson, Ajeet Rai and others from the lower grades), Huatoki may struggle to field a team.  In contrast, Okaiawa will travel with their usual squad minus a couple of players.  Mark Laurence will move to number 1 due to Andrew Powell's absence and Les Symes will join the team at 4.  Aroha Beattie also joins the squad at four, proving that the "little country club" has amazing depth.  Okaiawa have proven that their strength is in their doubles combinations and should be too strong for the depleted Huatoki side. 

Pukekura v Manaia

Rotokare v Oakura

Huatoki v Okaiawa