20 November 2008
tennis players have a last chance to impress selector Bruce Cleland tomorrow
before the first representative clash of the season against Wanganui on
match is between competition leaders Central Finance Rotokare and fourth
placed Hooker Pacific Pukekura, at Rotokare. Pukekura have suffered losses
to Manaia and Oakura while Rotokare are unbeaten. Pukekura will need
their top two men, Michael Fleming and Dennis Reid back if they are to have
a chance. Whoever is at No 1 will play Ben Pollard while the No 2 man
will face Chris Popata.
Rotokare woman, Catherine Stevenson will play Linda Reid while No 2, either
Kelly Toa or Alison Chamberlain will play Donna Thorne.
Hareb Deken Motors Oakura should beat sixth placed AWE Huatoki easily unless
Huatoki can improve the strength of their team which has struggled so far.
The Oakura side is stacked with some of the provinces top players. In the
top match Oakura's Josh Walden will play Jonno Ussher and John Hardie Boys
is likely to play David Innes or Amrit Rai.
In the top
women's matches, Oakura's top two will be chosen from Alesha Ford, Leah
Fletcher, Sue Oldfield or Becky Bruckner. They will face Megan O'Donnell and
Manaia, in third place will have another win at home to bottom of the
table Okaiawa. In the top two men's matches, Manaia have the impressive line
up of Cameron Koch and Jordan Feming who will play Andrew Powell and Vincent
Baylis. Manaia's top women. Nicole Koch and Irene Cruikshank play Beth
Macleod and Jaimee Baylis.
In what could
be the closest match of the round, Hawera are at home on their grass courts
to McDonald Real Estate Matapu.
Hawera are in
fifth place while Matapu are in seventh. Matapu were without David and Jenny
White last week and if they are still unavailable, Matapu could struggle.
The top matches could be Hawera's; Neil McCann against Jason Hurley and Erin
Annabell against Krystal Oakes.