16 November 2006
The top two on
the ladder in the Soffe Cup interclub tennis competition, Rotokare and AWE
Huatoki, clash at the Rotokare courts in New Plymouth tomorrow.
start favourite, having a stronger men's line-up. Although Huatoki's' No 1,
Jonathan Ussher is predicted to defeat Chris Popata, the rest of the matches
shoud go to Rotokare. Rotokare's No 2 Mark Atkins, No 3 Greg Hareb and
No 4 Kevin McLoughlin should win their matches against Roy Gaskin, Neil
Bridgeman and Ben Robbins.
In the women's
match-ups, Rotokare's No 1, Leith Atkins should have a close game with Saori
Han but come out on top. The rest of the women's matches could go
Huatoki's way with the No 2s being Huatoki's Janice Taylor against Val
McLoughlin, Chris Wilson or Robyn Hinton against Michelle Atkins and Megan
Walsh against Beccie Atkins. The outcome of the tie could depend on
which team is stronger and fitter in the combines.
Pukekura will be out to post a good score against Waiwaka after a draw with
Huatoki last week. They were forced to default three matches Kirsten Adam
was injured in her singles match. If she is still injured, Carol Medway will
come into the side. Pukekura will be favoured in the top match, with
Linda Reid playing Jayden Bruce. The no 2 match will be between Donna
Thorne and either Nicki Martin or Yvonne Chamberlain. Waiwaka has a strong
chance in that match.
In the men's
matches, Pukekura are likely to play their trump card, Michael Fleming at No
2. He will take on Stuart Wood. Although Wood has been in good form, he is
unlikely to beat Fleming. The top match should see Zac Wills defeat Jordan
Manaia will be out to post another big score when they play
Stratford/Midhirst at home. Although Stratford/Midhirst's No 1 Gavin Phelan
will give Thomas Luxton a good game, the rest of the men's singles should go
Manaia's way. No 2 Jason Mills is likely to play Michael O'Sullivan
and Alaister Murdoch and Michael Gates playing Grant Kite and Michael Short.
Manaia's women should make it a clean sweep, the teenage squad of Nicole
Koch, Alesha Ford, Ashlee Murdoch, Ginny Death and Shinae Bailey have only
lost two singles matches this season and provide strong opposition to Min
Zimmerman, Kelsi Bevins and whoever Stratford/Midhirst can muster. The
combined side has not been able to field the same women's line-up in