16 Nov 2019
Tight Contests in Soffe Cup Third Round
The third round of A grade tennis saw some extremely tight contests take place.
South Combined hosted Huatoki and squeezed through by 19 sets to 18 on countback
after the match count was all square at 8 all. Hamish Mead made the trip
back for his first Soffe Cup appearance of the year, which was a great boost for
South Combined. However, Southís number 1 woman was unable to play, which
meant all the women for South Combined were making the step up a ranking place.
The result was South Combined dominating the menís side and Huatoki dominating
the womenís side. Dee Werder-McCrea, for South Combined, managed to buck
this general trend, scoring a 6-4 6-3 win over Ellen OíByrne. The doubles
were shared evenly and Huatoki won 3 out of the 4 combines. A junior
national doubles champion, Meadís doubles ability was probably what made the
difference for South Combined. When all other combines pairings were
falling to Huatoki, Meads and Symes managed to stem the tide and contribute the
telling blow for the overall win.
Rotokare ran out comfortable winners in a rain-affected contest with Stratford
9-4. Perhaps the most encouraging aspect of the day was the good form of
Courtney Tippett and Michael Boland. Tippett has been known to have good
and bad days, so to see her starting to play more consistently for her club is
encouraging. Also, Michael Boland has often demonstrated pure talent but
tended to play without control. Whilst he lost narrowly last week, he
fronted again this Saturday and produced a solid effort that ended in a singles
win. He could, in fact, be the strong top-order player the club could
certainly do with; allowing Bruce Cleland to also pick up wins at 2. Rotokare
had won the tie outright, even though the last three combines were a wash out.
A tightly fought tie saw Pukekura sneak through 9-7 over Oakura. Oakura,
once again, suffered without Jaime Simpson in the top menís spot. It
allowed Pukekura to win 3 out of the 4 menís singles, which ultimately gave
Pukekura the edge when all other areas of the tie were evenly split. The
two telling blows were the 10-8 super tie break win in the menís doubles for
Pukekuraís Erb and Whittleston versus Walden and Handschuck and the mixed
doubles victory of Pukekuraís Barnard and Haylock over Walden and Keenan; 7-5 in
the tie break. Effectively the tie swung on 4 points. Pukekura now
has 3 wins from 3 outings.
Pukekura leads the Soffe Cup competition with 42 points from South Combined on 29 points Oakura are third with 28 points followed by Rotokare 27.5, Huatoki 24 and Stratford 11.5.
In the Wilson trophy, Oakura beat South Combined 12-4, Pukekura lost to Rotokare
9-7 and Waitara lost to Inglewood 15-1.