21 February 2008
Injury has hit
the Taranaki A rep side just days before their Christie Cup defence against
Manawatu. Michael Fleming and Chris Popata have both been forced to
withdraw. Fleming suffered an ankle injury this week and Popata is still
troubled by the back injury which plagued him in his Soffe Cup interclub
match last Saturday.
The top Huatoki
pairing of Lucy Barlow and Jonno Ussher are also unavailable which means the
team is going to find it tough against the likes of Kurt McNamara, who
played in the NZ Lawn Champs in Hawera, and Tim Preston. McNamara lost
in the quarterfinals to the eventual winner, Andrew Batie.
women are likely to be led by Manu Durie, the No 3 ranked woman in the
Central Region which incorporates Wellington, Hutt Valley and Kapi Mana),
followed by Kelly Toa, who plays for Rotokare in the Soffe Cup and Rheanna
Wiggin who was a NZ Lawn Tennis Championships semi-finalist.
(Huatoki), John Hardie Boys and Sue Oldfield (both Oakura) will make their
debuts for the A team.
and Donna Thorne drop to the B team to make way for Oldfield and Saori Han
In the B team,
David Innes (Waiwaka/Stratford/MIdhirst), Shane Devlin(Rotokare), Amrit Rai
(Huatoki), Krystal Oakes (Waiwaka/Stratford/Midhirst), Alison Chamberlain
(Waiwaka/Stratford/Midhirst), Kate Laurenson (Rotokare) and Miaana Walden
(Oakura ) all make their debuts.
Selector/manager Bruce Cleland (Stratford) has named the following teams for
the matches, to be played at the Rotokare courts and the B team plays
Manawatu B at the Huatoki courts. Both matches start at 9am.
Novak - doubles specialist
Taranaki B -
Shane Devlin, Jordan Fleming (Manaia), Jacob Gopperth (Manaia), Amrit Rai,
(Huatoki) David Innes (Wai/Str/Mid), one to be confirmed.
(Oakura), Chamberlain, Laurenson, Oakes (Waiwaka /Stratford/Midhirst), Donna
Thorne (Pukekura), Walden ( Oakura).
Smith Kelly Toa
Preston (C) Pam Dransfield
Howard Briar Malpas
Thomas Suesse Sadia
Manawatu B Team
Jono Spring (C)
Matawha Durie Jane
Tutere Durie Maria
Michael Kensington Oki
Tommy Huynh Lucy
Michael Harris Shanni
Te Mata Frost