19 November 2006

The Taranaki representative tennis team to play Hawkes Bay in the first defence of the Christie Cup of the season has been named by selectors Mike Fleming (New Plymouth), Alaister Murdoch (Otakeho) and Grant Gopperth ( Manaia).  
There are two newcomers, Mark Atkins who played for the B team last season and Saori Han, Huatoki's top woman who is having her first season of Soffe Cup.
The match promises to be keenly contested.  Taranaki won the Cup off Hawkes Bay, 15-9 in November last year and defended it for the rest of the season.
The team is - Mark Atkins (Rotokare), Mike Fleming (Pukekura), Aaron Hine ( Oakura) or Stuart Wood (Waiwaka), Chris Popata ( Rotokare), Jonathan Ussher (Huatoki), Zac Wills ( Pukekura), Leith Atkins ( Rotokare), Alesha Ford ( Manaia), Saori Han ( Huatoki) , Nicole Koch ( Manaia), Linda Reid (Pukekura ), Catherine Stevenson.