19 October 2008

Hawera beat AWE Huatoki 10-6 at Huatoki in the opening week of Soffe Cup tennis on Saturday. In their first season in Soffe Cup in several seasons, Hawera capitalised against Huatoki who were missing their top three men and top two women.
All Hawera's men won their singles easily. Neil McCann beat Amrit Rai 6/1,6/2 and No 2 Conrad Heron didn't drop a game against Nick Wilkinson. Kelvin Tosland and Sean Mehrtens made it a clean sweep, beating Adrian Taylor and Ajeet Rai.
Huatoki's top three women all won their singles. Chris Wilson beat Sheri De 'ath 6/2,6/2 and Megan Walsh beat Erin Annabell in three sets. Megan O'Donnell beat Georgia Hughson 6/3,6/0 while Hawera's No 4 beat Sue Darney in three sets. With the doubles matches shared, Hawera were ahead 7-5 going into the mixed doubles and they won the top three matches.
 
Sandfords Manaia started their season in winning style, beating Hooker Pacific Pukekura 11-5 at Pukekura.  Manaia were up 5-3 after the singles with Manaia's No 3 and 4, Alaister Murdoch and Steve Lloyd beating Paul Simpson and Callum Old. The top three women had wins, Nicole Koch beat Linda Reid 6/2,6/3 and Donna Thorne beat Irene Cruikshank 6/3,6/1.
Pukekura's singles wins were by Michael Fleming over Jordan Fleming 6/0,6/4, Meto Snegirev over Michael Gates 6/3,6/4 and Jeanette Harding over Shinae Bailey 6/3,6/0.
Manaia were superior in the doubles winning both men's, one women's and three out of four mixed.
 
Soffe Cup holders, Central Finance Rotokare had an emphatic win over Okaiawa at home. Former top rep player Catherine Stevenson  has returned to the province from Otago University and has joined the New Plymouth club and with Kelly Toa at No 2 they have a strong top pair. Both had easy wins with Stevenson beating Joanne Gyde 6/2,6/2 and Toa not dropping a game against Beth McLeod. Junior rep Alison Chamberlain has transferred from Waiwaka and beat fellow rep Amelia Bowers - Weir.
Rotokare's men won all their singles, Ben Pollard and Chris Popata had easy wins over Andrew Powell and Vincent Baylis, 6/2,6/0 and 6/0,6/1 respectively.
Okaiawa's wins came in the doubles, Vincent Baylis and Mark Laurence beat Blair Crowley and Jaden Hareb 7/6,6/4 and Bowers - Weir  and Jaimee Baylis beat Chamberlain and Beccie Atkins in three tight sets.
 
Hareb Deken Oakura beat McDonald Real Estate Matapu 15-1 at home. It was a lot closer than on paper with five of Oakura's wins were decided by tie breakers. Matapu's No 1 David White had a good win over Josh Walden in three sets. Oakura's John Hardie Boys, ex Kaponga player Len Adamson and Tei Walden beat Kyle Crowley, Reece Furness and Nigel Corbett.
Oakura's No 1, 2 and 4, Leah Fletcher, Sue Oldfield and Louise Brankin had easy wins over Krystal Oakes, Jenny White and Carolyn Koch while No 3 Becky Bruckner won in three close sets over Helen Kelly.
Both top doubles were decided in third set tie breakers. In the men's match Josh Walden and Hardie Boys beat White and Crowley and in the women's match, Fletcher and Oldfield beat Oakes and White.
 
Points
Hareb Deken Oakura 17, Rotokare 16, Sandfords Manaia 13, Hawera 12,  AWE Huatoki 6, Hooker Pacific Pukekura 5, Okaiawa 2, Matapu 1