19 Nov 2011

The weekend saw the end of the first round for Soffe Cup Tennis.  Sandford Manaia have shot away to a very handy 9 point lead in the competition after a 7-5 win over their closest rivals Icon's Sport Tariki Pukekura.  Manaia's win didn’t come conventionally with some surprise upsets during the day.  Firstly, Taranaki and Manaia Number 1 man, Jordan Fleming was beaten convincingly by Pukekura Junior Callum Old with a score of 6-1 6-1.  The other unpredicted win for Pukekura came from 12 year old Louise Waite.  Waite used her steadiness to take Manaia number 3, Maree Gopperth, to a third set tie-breaker.  Gopperth had the upper hand winning the first 6-2 and going up midway in the second, only for Waite to plough ahead to win the second set.  Waite won the match 2/6 6/3 7/6.  Pukekura's other junior, Jaime Simpson, had a see-sawing game against Manaia's Michael Gates.  You couldn’t get a match any closer with the score 5-7 7-5 7-6 to Gates.  Final Score 7-5 to Manaia.

Hareb Deken Motors Oakura were able to field one of their strongest squads this week when they hosted Central Finance Rotokare.  Rotokare could count on their number one lady, Tania L'Ami, for the win as she beat Oakura Sue Oldfield 6-1 7-5.  Greg Hareb at number 2 for the Rotokare men's lineup, won a tight match against youngster Tei Walden.  The Score 6-0 6-7 7-6.  Oakura won the singles overall 5-3 and then went onto win the doubles matches 3-1.  Overall score 8-4 to Oakura.

AWE Huatoki were glad they had Dave Innes in the ranks on Saturday.  With all 6 ladies matches won by the Huatoki team,  the men's matches were all going Farmlands Okaiawa's way, however Innes dug deep and scored an upset win against the formidable Andrew Powell, and thus helping to ensure a hard fought 7-5 team win.  Down 4-1 in the first set , Innes, the usual no. 3 or 4, then reeled off the next five games ,using his precision slice backhand to good effect.  This blunted the Powell power game, forcing numerous errors ,with the second set much of the same, going Innes' way 6-4 6-4.  Okaiawa were too consistent taking out the other three men's singles, with Mark Laurence overcoming Jeremy Wichman (Huatoki)  at No 2, 6-2 6-4 and Ben Caskey (Huatoki), back from uni, showing a bit of rust, falling victim, 6-3 6-3 to the powerful left hander, Vincent Baylis.  Richard Robbins showed early resistance against the stocky Ryan Stockman (Okaiawa), in the first set to lose 7-5, with Stockman then easily closing out the second set 6-2.  Score 7-5 6-2.  Alice Caskey at No 1 ,was expected to have a tough match against the new find of Taranaki tennis, Amelia Weir, and after a shaky start was able to weather the Weir storm, mixing looping topspin forehands with powerful backhand drives, finally subduing her worthy opponent, 6-4 6-4

Sophie Robertson (Huatoki), once she got her big forehand going, was just too strong for Okaiawa's defiant Jaimee Baylis, winning 6-3 6-3.  Huatoki's Chris Wilson, fresh from playing for Taranaki in the Masters Golf inter-provincials, easily dispatched a nervous Shannon O’Brien, 6-1 6-1, while Lorraine Heerdegen had to battle against the gutsy Aroha Beattie (Okaiawa), who never gave up, eventually going down to Heerdegen, 6-3 6-4.  The men's doubles went Okaiawa's way, with Powell / Laurence needing a tie-breaker first set to beat Innes/Wichman, and while Huatoki's Caskey / Roberstson were able take the first women's doubles, Wilson & Heerdegen needed to win the last doubles against OBrien/Beattie to secure the tie win.  After an easy first set, 6-0, one could have been excused for thinking the tie was ‘in the bag’ but OBrien / Beattie battled valiantly to take the next set 7-5, and set up a point for point, third set tiebreak that eventually went Huatoki's way, 11-9 .   The score 6-0 5-7 7-6.  Huatoki won the day 7-5.

Soffe Cup Results
Sandford Manaia 7 Icon's Sport Tariki Pukekura 5; Hareb Deken Oakura 8 Central Finance Rotokare 4; Farmlands Okaiawa 5 AWE Huatoki 7

Sandford Manaia 56, Icon Sports Tariki Pukekura 47, Central Finance Rotokare 35, AWE Huatoki 33, Hareb Deken Oakura 25, Farmlands Okaiawa 16.

Wilson Trophy Results
Inglewood 12 Farmlands Okaiawa 0; Paragon Insurance Huatoki Silver 1 Sandford Manaia 11; Waiwaka 6 Icons Sport Tariki Pukekura 6 Thomson O'Neil Stratford 6 Hawera 6; Matapu 7 Oakura 5; Laurie Jordan Chartered Accountant Rotokare 7 Reeves Middleton Young Huatoki Gold 5

Manaia 44, Thomson O'Neil Stratford 40, Inglewood 39, Pukekura 36, Hawera 35, Waiwaka 33, Oakura 24, Rotokare 21, Huatoki Gold 20, Matapu 14, Okaiawa 13, Huatoki Silver 3

Sumpter Trophy Results
Stratford 9 Opunake 3, Waitara 10 Waiwaka Blue 2, Waiwaka Green 4 Manaia 8, Hawera 6 Pukekura 6

Stratford 46, Pukekura 45, Hawera 41, Waitara 31, Waiwaka Green, 26, Manaia 25, Waiwaka Blue 16, Rotokare 15, Opunake 0.