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.
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.
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.
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.
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
superior in the doubles winning both men's, one women's and three out of
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oakura 17, Rotokare 16, Sandfords Manaia 13, Hawera 12, AWE Huatoki 6,
Hooker Pacific Pukekura 5, Okaiawa 2, Matapu 1