20 Nov 2015

 

Second placed Huatoki will be looking for an improved result this week when they host bottom placed Farmlands Okaiawa/Manaia.  Huatoki will have an almost unchanged line-up that lost heavily to Oakura whilst Okaiawa/Manaia will be without their usual top two men.  Huatoki's Alistair Nairn will take on Josh Murdoch in the No.1 matchup which should provide a close contest.  Jayden Harrison will be looking to extend his promise when he meets wily veteran Alaister Murdoch in the No.2 spot.  Father and son, Chris and Ronan Avery fill up the roster for Huatoki and they should be too strong for Andrew Baylis and Blake Kalin.  The Huatoki women have great depth in their line-up with Tracey Old, Lorraine Heerdegen, Chris Wilson and Jae Wilson.  The combined team front with Lauren Fraine, Caroline Jackson, Georgia Jackson and Helen Johnston, and they will be looking for results from Fraine and Johnston to even up that side of the team sheet.  With an expected overall lead after the singles, Huatoki should win a majority of doubles matches to seal a win.

Competition leaders RE/MAX Pukekura head to Thomson O'Neil Stratford and should find that they don't have it all their own way.  Match of the day will be in the No.1 menís spot where Stratford's Sam Howard takes on David Barnard.  Howard will need to be at the top of his game to quell Barnard.  Andy Roberts (No.2) will try to rebound from an embarrassing loss last week to overcome Andrew Hood, who has been growing with every match this season.  Grant Kite and Michael Boland round out the Stratford men's line-up and they will take on Mel Slinger and Kerry Dwyer respectively.  Both of these matches could go either way.  In the women's draw, both Stratford's Mylie Thwaites and Pukekura's Donna Thorne have been pushed up the order to the No.1 spot where Thorne will prevail, whilst the remaining matches should be closer.  Reagan Boland will take on Jeanette Harding, Kristen Lourie will try to nullify Nikayla Barnardís ground strokes and Katie Boland will try to remain too consistent for Rebecca Wormald.  How the two sides structure their doubles and combines matches may determine the overall winner in this tie.

In the remaining match, Oakura will be looking to improve their position on the ladder when they travel into the city to take on Rotokare.  Both teams are coming off a week 3 win but Oakura look the more impressive on paper.  In the No.1 spot for Rotokare, Blair Crowley had a very good result last week but may have to succumb to the skills of Oakura's Graeme Mitchell this week.  Oakura look to have a clear winning edge in the remaining matches when they utilise Jaime Simpson, Brady Simpson and Craig Waite against Kyle Crowley, Shane Devlin and John Lehman.  Oakura's strength and depth continue onto the women's side with Bailey Bruckner, Jackie Keenan, Chris Davies and Poppy Mitchell looking to whitewash Tania Atkinson, Helena Goodin, Grace Greensill and Brittany Carr.  A good win to Oakura here will put them very near to the top of the Soffe Cup ladder.