19 January 2008

Soffe Cup tennis resumed on Saturday and the upset of the round was the crushing defeat, 14-2 of Hooker Pacific Pukekura by Hareb Deken Oakura at Oakura. Pukekura were without three of their regular players, Michael Fleming, Kirsten Adam and Jeanette Harding and Oakura pounced. They were up 6-2 after the singles with the top three men winning. No 1 Josh Walden defeated Zac Wills 6/1,6/2, No 2 Steve Novak had an easy 6/0, 6/1 win over Ben Aves and John Hardie-Boys beat Dennis Reid 7/5, 6/0.  Pukekura's No 4 Paul Simpson had a 6/1, 7/5 win over John Fletcher.
IN the women's; singles Okauala Leah Fletcher had a 6/0, 6/2 surprisingly easy win over fellow rep player Linda Reid, NO 3 Beck Bruckner ground out a three set win over  newcomer Marlene Foreman and No 4 Miaana Walden prevailed 6/1,7/6 over Tania Fleming. Pukekura's No 2 Donna Thorne won in three sets over Sue Oldfield.  Oakura won all the doubles matches with only the women's doubles being close.
The win takes them to second place on the points table on 90 points, 12 behind Rotokare.
Competition leader, Central Finance Rotokare had an expected easy win over Waiwaka /Stratford/Midhirst 13-3 at Stratford.
Despite being without their top two women, Kelly Toa and Leith Atkins, Rotokare won six of the singles matches.
 No 1 Ben Pollard had a tough 7/5 7/5 win over Gavin Phelan and No 2 Chris Popata hardly raised a sweat in his 6/0 6/1 win over Grant Kite. No 4 Shane Devlin had a three set win over junior rep Thomas Brown while the combined side's Bruce Cleland, on his home courts, had a three set win over Mike Roberts.
In the women's singles, Rotokare won all but the No 1 match which was won by Krystal Oakes over newcomer A Walpole.(don't know first name)
Kate Laurenson beat Alison Chamberlain 6/3,7/6, Leanne O'Hallahan beat Yvonne Chamberlain 7/6,6/0 and Maureen Whiting only dropped one game against Min Zimmerman.
In the doubles Rotokare won all but the top combines with Phelan and Oakes defeating Pollard and Walpole.
AWE Huatoki and McDonald Real Estate Matapu had a 8-8 draw at Huatoki. Huatoki were missing five regular players so they would probably be happy with a draw. Huatoki were ahead 5-3 after the singles with Hutaoki's top three women wiinning their matches. No 1 Saori Han defeated Jen White 7/6, 6/1 Chris Wilson beat Carolyn Koch 6/2,6/1 and Megan Walsh won 6/4, 6/4 against Michelle Furness.
In the men's singles, Huatoki's No 1 Neil Bridgeman had a three set win over David White and No 3 Stuart Nairn beat Jason Hurley 6/2, 6/3.
Matapu's wins were No 2 Kyle Crowley over Ben Robbins, No 4 Rodney Perrett over Alistair Nairn and No 4 Ann Bridges over Debra Scott.
Matapu got things back on an even keel winning three out of four doubles making it 6-6 and the combines were shared.
Sandfords Manaia had the bye.
Central Finance Rotokare 102, Hareb Deken Oakura 90, Hooker Pacific Pukekura 78, AWE Huatoki 71,
 McDonald Real Estate Matapu 55, Sandfords Manaia 50, Waiwaka/Stratford/Midhirst 40