Waiwaka caused the
upset of the round when defeating Manaia 12-4 at Waiwaka. Waiwaka's men
had a clean sweep with Aaron Hine regaining form and convincingly
defeating Cameron Koch, 6-2 6-2. Equally convincing, was Chris Popata
defeating Alaistair Murdoch 6-2 6-1. Teenagers, Jordan Stayt and David
Geange were too good for Michael Gates and Kelvin Tosland respectively.
The Manaia women tried to even the tie but could manage only three of
the four singles needed. Nicole Koch had a narrow escape over Nicki
Martin 5-7 6-3 7-6. Jayden Bruce picked up Waiwaka's sole women's'
singles victory, over Ashlee Murdoch 7-6 6-2.
Manaia were only
good enough to pick up one remaining match, Cameron Koch & Cindy Death
winning the top combined doubles match over Aaron Hine and Nicki Martin
9-3. This result puts Waiwaka in 3rd place on the Soffe Cup ladder and
drops Manaia to 5th in the seven team competition.
Okaiawa travelled to
Midhirst and found it hard going, winning only one singles match; Andrew
Baylis defeating Val Cleaver 6-2 4-6 7-6. Midhirst's top two men were
impressive; Jonathan Ussher defeating Andrew Powell 6-1 6-1 and Michael
O'Sullivan beating Murray Mead 6-1 6-2. The Midhirst ladies were
equally impressive with Lynn Stanners not dropping a game against Joanne
Gyde and Shelley Childs only dropping one game in her win against Clare
Goldsworthy. Trailing 7-1 after the singles, Okaiawa came storming back
to snare both the bottom doubles matches; Vincent Baylis, debuting in
Soffe Cup, teamed up with his father to defeat Val Cleaver & Neil
Kingston 6-0 6-1 in the bottom men's doubles, Clare Goldsworthy and
Michelle Powell winning the bottom ladies doubles 6-4 6-2. Midhirst's
top pairings were even more impressive, winning with the loss of only 4
games. The combined doubles were shared, with the final score at 11-5
to Midhirst. This leaves Midhirst 2nd on the table, only three points
behind Hooker Pacific Pukekura, who had the bye.
In the final match,
Stratford made the short trip to Kaponga and started well, winning all
of the men's singles in straight sets. Gavin Phelan continued his fine
form beating Len Adamson 6-2 6-1. Elliot Campbell was too polished for
Jason Hurley, winning 6-1 6-2. Kaponga's ladies made a good reply,
winning the top 3 singles comfortably. Krystal Oakes defeated Kylie
Jury 6-2 6-4, Maree Jones defeated Tracy Zimmerman 6-3 6-0 and Helena
Goodin too experienced for Min Zimmerman 6-2 6-2. Predictably, both
men's doubles went to Stratford and both ladies doubles went the way of
Kaponga leaving the score poised at 7-5.
Stratford's men were
the difference in the combined doubles winning three of the four matches
for a final 10-6 victory.
Matapu 14 Inglewood 2
Manaia 15 Stratford 1
Huatoki 10 Oakura 6
Manaia 1 9
Manaia 2 7
Pukekura 42, Midhirst 39,
Waiwaka 34, Stratford 31,
Manaia 29.5, Okaiawa 18,
Kaponga 16 1/2
Manaia 58.5, Huatoki 36.5, Oakura 30, Inglewood 6.5, Stratford 5
Waiwaka 35, Matapu 32, Manaia 1 28.5, Oakura 26.5, Manaia 2 24,