17 Mar 2006
It is the Soffe Cup
semifinals tomorrow with the top two on the points table, Sandfords Manaia
and Hooker Pacific Pukekura expected to win against Midhirst and Accent on
Curtains Waiwaka respectively.
Manaia lost to Midhirst
when these sides met in the first game of the second round. Expect the
tables to be reversed this time. Midhirst were fielding two reps form last
season, Chris Brown and Kathryn O'Sullivan who won't be playing tomorrow.
Manaia were also missing
a few key players.
The expected match -ups
are : Manaia's Jason Mills -undoubtedly Taranaki's top player but
unavailable for rep matches - hasn't lost a game all season, will play Jon
Ussher who has only lost one game all season and that was to Mills.
The rest of the matches
should go Manaia's way with Thomas Luxton playing Michael O'Sullivan,
Alaister Murdoch playing Val Cleaver or Stephen Uhlenberg and Michael Gates
playing Neil Kingston.
Manaia's women should
not be troubled by the Midhirst side. Nicole Koch will play Lyn Stanners,
Aleisha Ford will play Shelley Childs and the No 3 an 4 matches are between
Cindy Death and Marlene Foreman and Davina Mills and Liz O'Sullivan.
Waiwaka 9-7 three weeks ago so there isn't much between the two sides. On
that occasion Pukekura's women won all their singles while Waiwaka won all
the men's singles.
Waiwaka's line-up is unknown but it
appears one of their top two players, either Aaron Hine or Chris Popata will
be missing, weakening their side considerably. Pukekura's No 1, Zac
Wills will want to turn the tables on Aaron Hine (if
he plays) who won in three sets last
time. If Wills plays Popata he should win. No 2 Ben Aves will
play David Geange in what should be a close match.
No 3 Rhys
Sutton will play Meto Snegirev and No
4 David Chamberlain will play Nick Steventon with
Pukekura favoured in those two matches.
Pukekura's line-up of
Linda Reid, Donna Thorne, Kirsten Adam and Jeanette Harding have been
unchanged in all but one game all season and are their strength. They are
expected to repeat the result from last time. Reid will play Nicki Martin,
Adam will play Glenda Frost while Harding will play Alison Chamberlain.
Waiwaka are weakened
without their No 2 Clare Fairey who has gone overseas. Jayden Bruce will
play Donna Thorne with Thorne favoured.
In the Wilson Trophy ( A
Grade Division 2), Okaiawa is expected to beat Manaia at Hawera Lawn.
Okaiawa, who were relegated from the Soffe Cup after the first round,
defeated Manaia 11-5 when these sides met three weeks ago.
The match between Matapu
and Huatoki, being played at Te Ngutu and Kapuni could go either way.
Although Matapu won 11-5 last time they met, they have their top two men