16 Feb 2020
With teams fighting for semi-final spots, Soffe Cup Tennis saw a lot of close contests over the weekend.
Stratford hosted Rotokare and Rotokare ran out narrow winners 9-7. As expected there was a clear split between the dominant Rotokare men and the dominant Stratford women. The key match-up in the singles came when Rotokare’s Paula Ingram managed to get the better of Stratford’s Kristen Lourie 5-7 7-6 6-3. This gave Rotokare a 5-3 lead heading into the doubles. The doubles were shared evenly, as were the combines, which meant Rotokare managed to maintain their one match advantage and claim the victory.
Huatoki were at home to South Combined and Huatoki triumphed 9-7. Huatoki were greatly assisted by South’s inability to field four women in the contest. This handed Huatoki a five nothing lead before the contest even began. South Combined did all they could to claim an overall win but were halted by the determination of players like Sophie Robertson and Emelie Leimegger. This pair won their singles and combined to also claim the doubles. This left it all still to play for as the South Combined men whitewashed the Huatoki men. Ross Lilley and Leimegger combined to win their number two combines match up convincingly, 9-1. With a default, this was enough for Huatoki to carry the day.
Pukekura hosted Oakura and managed to overcome the visitors 10-6. It was an extremely closely fought battle all day. Pukekura were lucky they were able to enlist the help of Diego Quispe-Kim. Quispe-Kim is a national junior champion and was able to win comfortably in the top spot against Graeme Mitchell 6-4 6-2. Seven of the matches were decided in three sets. All four of the doubles matches were decided in super tie breaks. If these two teams meet in the final, it will be a battle well worth watching.
In the Wilson Trophy, South Combined beat Oakura 9-7, Rotokare lost to Pukekura 9-5 and Inglewood beat Waitara 13-3.
In the Sumpter Trophy, South Combined beat Huatoki 16-0 and Oakura beat Pukekura 11-5.