22 February 2007

In Soffe Cup interclub tennis tomorrow, competition leaders Rotokare play third placed AWE Huatoki at Huatoki.
When thes two sides met in the first round it was rained out.  It promises to be a close encounter with the top men's match, Rotokare's Mark Atkins against Jonathan Ussher, with Ussher ranked No 1 likely to win.  In the no 2 match, Chris Popata is favoured against Roy Gaskin, as is Mike Roberts over Neil Bridgeman.
In the women's singles, Huatoki and Taranaki No 1 Lucy Barlow should beat Taranaki No 5 Leith Atkins. Janice Taylor at No 2 should beat Rotokare's Val McLoughlin.
Second placed Sandfords Manaia are playing Stratford/Midhirst at Stratford in what will be a comfortable win for Manaia. Stratford/Midhirst have struggled all season and are in sixth place.  Their No 1 Gavin Phelan will give Thomas Luxton a good game while Michael O'Sullivan will have a tough workout against Jason Mills. The women' s matches are likely to all go in favour of Manaia with Nicole Koch and Ashlee Murdoch heading the line-up. They will play Min Zimmerman and Kelsi Bevins.
In the other game being played in New Plymouth, Hooker Pacific Pukekura are away to Waiwaka and are likely to win.
Both men's line-ups are unknown, Waiwaka will probably be without Jordan Stayt ( injured ) and David Geange ( university) and Pukekura may also be missing Zac Wills ( university).  Pukekura have a strong and consistent women's line-up and that should be enough to see them through.