20 Mar 2016
In what promised to be an extremely close overall Soffe Cup final, Huatoki managed to have the strengths in the right places to quell Pukekura Park 9-7.
As expected, the Pukekura Park ladies picked up 3 of their singles matches. Louise Waite beat Hikaru Han 6-1 6-3, Kirsten Adam won over Tracey Old by the same score and Marcella Jones was too strong for Chris Wilson 6-3 6-2. Huatoki's Ellen O'Byrne continued her dominance over Donna Thorne 6-3 6-2. Also predictable was Huatoki's dominance of the men's matches. Ajeet Rai was totally untroubled by Meto Snegirev 6-0 6-0, Jayden Harrison had a very strong performance over David Barnard 6-1 6-0 and Chris Popata had too much experience over Thomson Matuku 6-0 7-5. Alistair Nairn (Huatoki No.3) was able to reverse a recent round robin loss when he comfortably disposed of Andrew Hood 6-4 6-1. Nairn's win could be considered an upset result and Huatoki should be toasting the individual effort as without it they may well have lost the final on a countback.
Leading 5-3 after singles play, Huatoki won both men's doubles 6-2 6-0 and 6-0 6-1 whilst Pukekura Park won both ladies doubles 6-2 7-5 and 6-1 6-3.
This left the overall score at 7-5 after the doubles and Huatoki needed to share the combined doubles to secure the win. Rai/Wilson took the first of those matches 9-1 over Snegirev/Thorne but Barnard/Waite brought Pukekura Park back into it with a 9-3 win over Harrison/Han. Huatoki then sealed the victory when Nairn/O'Byrne overcame Hood/Adam 9-4. The final match saw Pukekura Park win via Matuku/Jones over Popata/Old 9-7.
In the Wilson Trophy final played at Matapu, the result was even closer. Matapu and Pukekura Park shared the singles, doubles and combines to finish at 8 rubbers each. The teams were still even on a countback of sets and Pukekura Park was established as the winner only after a countback of individual games won, 154-149.
Soffe Cup Final
Huatoki 9 Pukekura Park 7
Ajeet Rai b Meto Snegirev 6-0 6-0
Jayden Harison b David Barnard 6-1 6-0
Alistair Nairn b Andrew Hood 6-4 6-1
Chris Popata b Thomson Matuku 6-0 7-5
Hikaru Han lost to Louise Waite 6-1 6-3
Tracey Old lost to Kirsten Adam 6-1 6-3
Ellen O'Byrne b Donna Thorne 6-3 6-2
Chris Wilson lost to Marcella Jones 6-3 6-2
Rai/Nairn b Snegirev/Matuku 6-2 6-0
Harrison/Popata b Barnard/Hood 6-0 6-1
Han/Old lost to Waite/Thorne 6-2 7-5
O'Byrne/Wilson lost to Adam/Jones 6-1 6-3
Rai/Wilson b Snegirev/Thorne 9-1
Harrison/Han lost to Barnard/Waite 9-3
Nairn/O'Byrne b Hood/Adam 9-4
Popata/Old lost to Matuku/Jones 9-7
Wilson Trophy Final
Matapu 8 Pukekura Park 8 (Pukekura Park won on a countback of games 154-149)
Oakura 10 Stratford 6, Hawera 10 Huatoki 6, Pukekura Park 10 Rotokare 6.
Pukekura Park 91, Oakura 67, Rotokare 64, Hawera 63, Huatoki 43, Stratford 28 South Combined 20.