1 December 2007
Rotokare remain at the top of the table in Soffe Cup interclub tennis after
beating AWE Huatoki at Rotokare on Saturday, 10-6. In an entertaining match
that was close throughout, Rotokare toppled the previously unbeaten Soffe
Cup holders. Twenty one year old Barlow who lives in Kihikihi,
showed tremendous dedication to play in the Caro Bowl final for Mangere
Combined in Auckland on Friday night, which they won; and then with
her mother, travelled to New Plymouth through the night.
She then won
all her matches, dispatching Kelly Toa 6-1, 6-2. Rotokare's No 2 Leith
Atkins won in three sets over Saori Han. No 3, Bridgeman who has
returned to New Plymouth after spending the off season in Hawkes Bay, had an
epic battle with Greg Hareb in his first match of the season. Hareb
prevailed 16-14 in the third set tiebreaker. Rotokare's strong men's
line-up proved the difference and they will be eyeing up a place in the
final at the end of the season.
Pacific Pukekura continued its unbeaten run at Manaia winning 10-6 , and are
in second place. It was so near yet so far for Sandfords Manaia, who are yet
to have a win. There were three, three set tie -breakers with Pukekura
winning two. Pukekura were leading 5-3 after the singles, winning
three of the men's matches. No 1 Michael Fleming beat Jordan Fleming
6-0, 6-4 but the other two games were close. No 2 Zac Wills, in his
first match of the season, had a three set win over Michael Gates, 4-6, 6-2,
7-6 and No 3 Ben Aves beat Jacob Gopperth 6-4, 7-5. Manaia's No 4
Steve Lloyd had a three set win over Meto Snegirev, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6.
singles were shared with Pukekura's No 2 and 3, Donna Thorne and Jeanette
Harding having easy wins over Ginny Death and Maree Gopperth while Manaia's
No 1 and 4, Nicole Koch and Irene Cruickshank beat Linda Reid and Tania
Fleming respectively. In the doubles, Pukekura won both men's matches
while the women's were shared with Reid and Thorne winning in the third set
tiebreak and Gopperth and Cruickshank winning their match 6-0, 7-5 over
Harding and Fleming.
doubles were shared.
Estate Matapu recorded their second win with a 12 - 4 victory over
Waiwaka/Stratford/Midhirst at Matapu. Matapu won six out of the eight
singles with all the men winning. The combined side were without their No 1
man, David Chamberlain and No 3 woman, Yvonne Chamberlain. Having
their first games of the season were Rhys Sutton and Jayden Bruce.
Matapu's men all had easy wins apart from the No 3 Rodney Perrett who won
the first set 7-6 against Thomas Brown then the second set 6-1. No 1
David White beat Sutton 6-2, 6-1, No 2 Kyle Crowley beat Grant Kite 6-4, 6-2
and Brent Perrett beat Simon Momich 6-1, 6-0.
Matapu's No 2
and 4 women, Helen Kelly and Michelle Furness, won their matches against
Jayden Bruce and MaryEllen Annabell, while the combined side's Krystal Oakes
and Alison Chamberlain had wins over Jen White and Carolyn Koch.
three of the doubles so they had already secured nine matches for the win
going into the mixed doubles.
Oakura had the bye.
Okaiawa (1) 10
Oakura 6, Hawera 8 Okaiawa 8, Huatoki (2) bye
Waiwaka 2, Waitara 13 Rotokare 3,Manaia (1) 12 Inglewood 4, Manaia (2) 10
Rotokare 67, Hooker Pacific Pukekura 62, AWE Huatoki 50, Hareb Deken Oakura
48, McDonalds Matapu 42, Sandfords Manaia 30, Waiwaka/Stratford/Midhirst 25
Okaiawa ( 1 )
70, Hawera 64, Oakura 55, Okaiawa ( 2 ) 54, Huatoki (2) 11
Waitara 75, Manaia 67, Ecolab Manaia (1) 60, Inglewood 49, Kaponga 45,
Waiwaka 33, Rotokare 26