27 Feb 2021

Soffe Cup tennis continued on Saturday with Rotokare at home getting the better of Okaiawa, Pukekura welcomed Stratford and then dominated their visitors and Huatoki accounted for Inglewood on the Huatoki courts.

Rotokare continued their march towards a semi final place with a dominant final score of 12-4 against Okaiawa.  However, a great many of the matches were tightly contested affairs. For instance, Rotokare's Will Roberts accounted for Okaiawa's Hamish Mead in straight sets but those sets were both close run affairs, the scores being 7-6 6-4.  Okaiawa's bottom men's doubles combination of Grant Morris and Vince Baylis took proceedings even closer with a victory over Mike Roberts and Kyle Crowley 7-6 4-6 7-6(10-7).  Okaiawa's top woman, Jorja Symes, continued her good form with a hard fought victory over Rotokare's Karen Cranston 7-6 7-6.  Unfortunately for Okaiawa, most of the tight matches went the way of Rotokare and the final score line was comfortable.

Pukekura easily accounted for Stratford.  The surprise of the day was Stratford's Callum Old showing too much consistency for Pukekura's Jordan Whittleston 6-2 7-5.  Old must be using the time working on heavy machinery to visualise himself playing some quality tennis.

Pukekura's women were completely dominant, only conceding nine games across all four singles.  Pukekura ultimately triumphed 13-3.

The final tie of the weekend saw Huatoki win easily over Inglewood.  Interestingly, Diego Quispe-Kim transferred from Pukekura to play for Huatoki in this tie.  Quispe-Kim won out over David White 6-0 6-0.

Inglewood's Thomas Brown did have a great win over Huatoki's Alistair Nairn, 6-3 3-6 7-6.  Unfortunately, this was not a regular enough occurrence for Inglewood.  Ultimately, Huatoki triumphed 12-4.

Perhaps of greatest concern is the inability of teams to field four women consistently. The  Taranaki Tennis Association will need to look at formats and how these can best fit with the players available to clubs.

Soffe Cup Tennis takes a break next weekend but will return on 13 March with Stratford hosting Huatoki, Oakura at home to Rotokare and Inglewood taking on Okaiawa at the Midhirst courts. Pukekura has the bye.