19 November 2005

Soffe Cup
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.
Wilson Trophy
Matapu 14 Inglewood 2
Manaia 15 Stratford 1
Huatoki 10 Oakura 6
Sumpter Trophy
Waiwaka  10   Matapu     6 
Manaia 1      Manaia 2  7
Okaiawa   1  Oakura    6 
Soffe Cup
Hooker Pacific Pukekura 42, Midhirst  39,  Waiwaka  34, Stratford  31, Manaia 29.5, Okaiawa 18, Kaponga  16 1/2
Wilson Trophy
Matapu  61.5 Manaia 58.5, Huatoki 36.5, Oakura 30, Inglewood 6.5, Stratford 5
Sumpter Trophy
Okaiawa  40, Waiwaka 35, Matapu 32, Manaia 1 28.5, Oakura 26.5, Manaia 2 24, Huatoki 22