22 Nov 2013
Fine weather is forecast this weekend with Soffe Cup featuring AWE Huatoki hosting Central Finance Rotakare, Sandfords Manaia host Naki Raquets Pukekura, while Hareb Deken Oakura travel to Farmlands Okaiawa.
Most teams are struggling to field their top teams at this stage of the season due to injury, work or awaiting university students return.
Huatoki will struggle this weekend with Alastair Nairn taking on German doctor, Andre Lundt. Dave Innes versus Malcolm Elder will see Elder the likely victor and Chris Avery will need to have his big serve working to have any chance against a resurgent Shane Devlin. Cory Sutherland at 4 will take on Jaden Hareb, in what should be a close contest. Huatoki's women's line-up have a strong look about it with Alice Caskey back from University at No.1. She will play Karen Cranston and this could be the match of the day. At No 2 & 3 Sophie Robertson & Hikaru Han will be quietly confident to take on Frances Gray and Helena Goodin respectively. Tracey Old rounds off the Huatoki line-up and will play Hannah Trevis.
Oakura travel to Okaiawa this weekend. With Oakura's top players unavailable, Okaiawa might sniff a hint of an upset. Graeme Mitchell will fill the No.1 spot against NZ title holder Hamish Mead, in what could be a close match. At No. 2, Len Adamson will battle another close match against Mark Laurence, while fill-ins Andrew Pittman and Charlie Lewis will struggle against Okaiawa's experienced Vincent Baylis and Ryan Stockman. In the women's, Oakura may just have the edge with Rep player-in-waiting, Paula Ferguson at 1, taking on Emma Ussher while Jackie Keenan & Rebecca Roberts will probably ease past Okaiawa's Jamiee Baylis and Vicki Roberts. Chris Davies is favoured to beat Lauren Fraine.
Manaia at home will be a tough ask for Pukekura. Taranaki No.1 Jordan Fleming is in such good form that it's hard to see anyone beating him at the moment. Jaime Simpson has that task this week but will likely fail in his quest. Pukekura have Mike Fleming at 2 and he is not expected to have too many difficulties with Beauden Fleming. Manaia's No.3, Jacob Gopperth will struggle against the consistent retriever Chris Jury while Matt Bayly at 4 for Pukekura will take on fellow teen Josh Murdoch, in what should be a close match. In the women's, Nicole Koch at 1, should breeze past Linda Reid. Alesha Ford & Trudy Vince will favour their chances against Donna Thorne & Chantelle Peters. Grace Kelly is favoured to beat Tania Fleming, which would give Manaia a clean sweep of the ladies singles and should therefore go into the doubles matches with a 5-3 lead.