19 Feb 2015
Competition leaders AWE Huatoki host third placed Farmlands Okaiawa/Manaia in round 11 of Soffe Cup action. The No.1 men's match will be an intriguing match-up with Huatoki veteran Chris Popata taking on Taranaki No.2 junior, Hamish Mead. If Mead is at the top of his game he could well topple Popata. The remaining men's matches should all go the way of Okaiawa unless the Huatoki men are able to reverse the result from when the individuals last met. Mark Laurence (Oki/Man) will be looking to get straight back into winning form, after losing for the first time last week, against Murray Keast. Laurence was the victor last time they met. At No.3, Vince Baylis should also be too experienced for young Jayden Harrison and the combined sides No.4 Josh Murdoch will be expected to beat Chris Avery again. The Huatoki ladies are predicted to take the initiative and obtain a clean sweep against the Okaiawa/Manaia ladies. Hikaru Han and Sophie Robertson return from representative duties and they will play Capree Wineera and Carolyn Jackson respectively. Ellen O'Byrne should be too good for Georgia Jackson and Chris Wilson rounds off the Huatoki ladies with a matchup against Anna Johnson. Victories in the men's doubles will be crucial to Okaiawa/Manaia's chances of keeping in touch with the city side and if they can do so, the combines may be needed to determine the overall winners.
Second placed RE/MAX Pukekura Park will be looking to make up ground on the competition leaders when they travel to Hareb Deken Oakura will a virtual full strength team. Shaun Alborough, Meto Snegirev, Mat Garnham and David Barnard will all bring up victories in the men's singles against Len Adamson, Simon Spurdle and Chris Edler, however at No.2 Caleb Fleming should prevail against Snegirev. The women's line-up is equally impressive with Taranaki's number 1 junior girl, Louise Waite, being joined by the very experienced Linda Reid and Donna Thorne and complimented by Marcella Jones. Depending on the line-up from Oakura, they could challenge in some quarters.
Central Finance Rotokare will play host to Inglewood Club Inglewood and the home side will front with a potentially winning team this week. Malcolm Elder, Kyle Crowley and Shane Devlin are picked to beat Diego Carrasco, Mal Masters and Luke Brown respectively. Campbell Mace will pick up the No.4 spot for Inglewood when he takes on Ben Fitzgibbon. The Rotokare team are bolstered by having the services of Wanganui's Karen Cranston in the No.1 spot, fresh from the NZ Masters tournament. Cranston will do battle with Krystal Oakes and the Wanganui girl will just be too strong. Juliet Farquhar and Debbie Campbell at No.3 and No.4 for Rotokare should be too accomplished for Shona Salisbury and Chrissy Mace respectively but as with the men, if there is to be a shining light for Inglewood, it will be Michaela Spurdle taking the No.2 match against Jane Symons. With such dominance in the singles, Rotokare should rack up a large win over Inglewood at the end of the day.