17 November 2011
This weekend sees the top of the table clash between Sandford Manaia and Icon Sport's Tariki Pukekura. The city side travels to Manaia, and they will need their best line up for any chance of the win. Current Taranaki Number One Jordan Fleming (Manaia) will play Pukekura youngster Callum Old in the top men's singles match, and Fleming's team-mate Cameron Koch may face former Taranaki number one Michael Fleming at two. The second men's singles will be the match to watch this weekend. Koch may edge out the experienced Fleming. Further down the ranks, Manaia's Michael Gates will play Pukekura's Chris Jury. Jury has proven to be formidable at three, yet Gates will be a challenge for Jury. Jaime Simpson of Pukekura will play Tommy Death in the last of the men's matches Death has played at this level for a few years now and his experience may help him to edge out the new comer.
In the ladies, Manaia's Nicole Koch will play an out of form Linda Reid. Reid may surprise Koch however. Kirsten Adam (Pukekura) has the task of playing newly returned Sarah Kelly at No.2. Adam has had more match-play than Kelly and should win comfortably. Unsure of the Pukekura line-up due to a possible mix-up on the team sheet last week, Pukekura could either field Jeanette Harding or Louise Waite at three. Should the number three ladies match be between the youngsters Waite and Maree Gopperth, we could be in for an interesting match. Although Gopperth has had some outstanding results leading up to this weekend, Waite could fancy her chances. With Grace Kelly (Manaia) making up the 4 ladies, Kelly has struggled in the past when playing Harding.
This week is men's and women's doubles and the top men's and women's clashes will be a great spectacle. The Fleming / Koch versus Old / Fleming match will be tight and may go the way of Pukekura, and the ladies match between Koch / Gopperth and Reid / Adam will possibly go the way of Manaia..
Farmlands Okaiawa host New Plymouth team AWE Huatoki. If Huatoki can field the same team as last week they should be to strong for new comers Okaiawa. Jono Ussher (Huatoki) should be to strong for Andrew Powell. With the Rai brothers (Amrit and Ajeet) playing at 2 and 3 for Huatoki against Mark Laurence and Vincent Baylis respectively, Huatoki should be 4-0 up after the men's singles. Okaiawa's star for the previous rounds has been Amelia Weir. With several top scalps she is sure to be ready to take on Huatoki's Alice Caskey. Caskey will need to keep her foot on the pedal for this match. Jaimee Baylis (Okaiawa) plays an inform Sophie Robertson and this match will be close.In the remaining match, Hareb Deken Motors Oakura host Central Finance Rotokare. Whilst Oakura may still be without their number one man, Graeme Mitchell, if their top ladies return to the side after a weekend off they are sure to compete. Josh Walden will play Malcolm Elder of Rotokare, and this match will see a lot of strong shots and running. Tei Walden (Oakura) may play Blair Crowley at number 2 and Len Adamson against Shane Devlin (Rotokare). The top ladies match between Oakura's Sue Oldfeild and Tania L'Ami will be the match of the ladies.