20 March 2010
Sanfords Manaia are Soffe Cup champions for season 2009-10. An emphatic 11-5 victory over AWE Huatoki was an outstanding achievement by a very young side made up predominantly of teenagers from a club you normally associate with experienced title winners. After a pulsating round of singles matches Manaia nabbed the key lower order matches from both the men's and women's sections to lead 6-2, which from there they shattered any dreams of AWE Huatoki of causing a major upset.
Manaia got off to a flying start with No.1 lady Nicole Koch beating Saori Han 6-1 6-1. Jordan Fleming then capped off a stellar season by beating Neil Bridgeman 6-3 6-1. Alice Caskey pegged one back for the visitors however by defeating Ginny Death 6-1 6-3. Jonathan Ussher overcame Cameron Koch 6-2 6-2 in the No. 1 men's match to level the scores at 2-2 before Manaia ran riot in the remaining singles. Jason Mills and Michael Gates showed their experience in beating Amrit Rai 6-2 6-3 and David Geange 6-3 7-5 respectively.
The performances of Sarah Kelly and Maree Gopperth deserve special praise taking into consideration the calibre of their opponents- Kelly beat Chris Wilson 6-2 6-2 at No. 3, while Gopperth dug deep to beat Janice Taylor 3-6 7-6 7-6 (10-2) in the No. 4 ladies match.
In the doubles Manaia won three of the four ties to earn an unassailable lead at 9-3 and therefore secure the winner's trophy. C. Koch/Fleming beat Ussher/Bridgeman 6-2 6-4 while Mills/Gates beat Geange/Rai 6-2 6-4. N. Koch/Kelly beat Han/Taylor 6-2 6-4. Caskey/Wilson won the sole doubles match for Huatoki beating Gopperth/Death 6-2 6-1.