17 December 2006

In the last games of round 1, Soffe Cup holders Sandfords Manaia scraped home 9-7 against Hooker Pacific Pukekura at Pukekura on Saturday.
Pukekura would be pleased to have got 7 games as they had a totally new men's line-up.  The singles were shared 4 all after Manaia's Jason Mills easily accounted for Paul Simpson 6-3, 6-1 in the top match  while Pukekura's No 2, Andy Erb won 6-0, 6-3 against Michael Gates.  The no 3 singles was taken out by Manaia's Kelvin Tosland who didn't concede a game against Damien Stewart while Pukekura's Andrew Darney won 7-6, 6-2 against Manaia's Cody Fleming.
Manaia's No 1 Nicole Koch had a tight first set against Linda Reid winning 7-5 before taking out the second 6-3.  Pukekura's No 2 and 3 Donna Thorne and Jeanette Harding won their matches against Alesha Ford and Ashlee Murdoch. In the no 4 match Manaia's Ginny Death beat Carole Medway.
The doubles were shared after Manaia won the men's and Pukekura the women's.  The tie was decided in the combines with Manaia winning three out of four, the crucial one being Fleming and Murdoch defeating Darney and Medway 9-7.  Pukekura's Captain, Donna Thorne won three out of three while Manaia's Jason Mills and Kelvin Tosland had perfect records.
 
AWE Huatoki had as easy 15-1 win over Okaiawa at Huatoki, after Okaiawa could only field 3 women and only had three of their usual team playing. No 4, Amrit Rai, (aged 14) won all his games, defeating Ryan Stockamn 6-1, 6-3 and teaming up with Ben Robbins to defeat Vincent Baylis and Stockman in three sets. He won his combines by default.  Okaiawa's solitary win was by No 3 Vincent Baylis who defeated Robbins 6-0, 6-3.
The rest of the games were easy wins for Huatoki, apart from the top doubles with Jonathan Ussher and Neil Bridgeman winning 6-2, 7-5 against Andrew Powell and Andrew Baylis.
 
In the other match played at Waiwaka, the home side beat Stratford /Midhirst 10-6. No details are available.
  
Newcomers Rotokare finished top of the table on 71 points followed by Manaia on 67 and Huatoki on 66.
Okaiawa finshed in seventh place so has been relegated to the Wilson Trophy.
 
Sumpter Trophy
Oakura 15 Waiwaka 1, Waitara 13 Team Hawera 3, Matapu 9 Manaia 7
 
 
Final points for Round 1
Soffe Cup
Rotokare 71, Manaia 67, Huatoki 66, Pukekura 62, Waiwaka 53  Stratford/Midhirst 34, Okaiawa 19
Sumpter Trophy
Oakura 78, Waitara 75,Team Hawera 73, Matapu 42, Manaia 38, Huatoki 33, Waiwaka 33
Oakura promoted to Wilson Trophy