22 Nov 2014

All three Soffe Cup ties were rain-interrupted to various degrees but at least players were able to get some tennis in, unlike the complete washout of the previous week.

Competition leaders Farmlands Okaiawa/Manaia held of the challenge of 3rd placed AWE Huatoki, leading 7-6 before rain curtailed play and winning 8.5-7.5.  As expected the combined sides men proved more adept on the hard courts and were more accustomed to the strong wind that prevailed.  Mark Laurence was too effective over Alistair Nairn 6-1 6-4 making better use of the breeze.  Vince Baylis was left with a 6-3 first set lead before opponent David Innes had to retire hurt, whilst Josh Murdoch ground out a victory over Chris Avery 6-3 7-5.  Rhys Butler had a much harder time on the court, finally overcoming 11 year old Jayden Harrison 3-6 6-4 6-1.  The Huatoki women were also expected to dominate and did so in three of the singles matches, with comfortable wins to Hikaru Han, Chris Wilson and Ellen O'Byrne, however, Lauren Fraine was triumphant in the No.2 spot for Okaiawa/Manaia over Tracey Old 6-0 7-5.
Huatoki pulled back a couple of matches but Okaiawa/Manaia had too big a lead when incessant drizzle forced play to be abandoned.

Thomson O'Neil Stratford also picked up a deserved win over Hareb Deken Oakura, leading 7-4 before rain curtailed further efforts at a result.  This resulted in a 9.5-6.5 success for the central Taranaki side.  All of the Stratford men and all of the Oakura ladies were successful in the singles.  The closest match was Stratford's evergreen Lynn Stanners having a 3-set loss to Oakura's 16 year old Danni Fletcher 4-6 6-1 6-2.  Andy Roberts was barely superior to the game of Len Adamson 7-5 7-5 whilst Bruce Cleland fended off the challenge of Taranaki Junior Rep Caleb Fleming 6-3 6-4.  Stratford predictably picked up both men's doubles but also managed to add the bottom ladies doubles for the abridged victory.   

Rain affected the Inglewood Club Inglewood versus RE/MAX Pukekura Park tie a lot earlier than the other two Soffe Cup encounters.  Pukekura Park were leading 3-1 at the truncation, courtesy of wins to Matt Bailey over Malcolm Masters 4-6 7-6 7-5 and Thomson Matuku over Luke Brown 6-1 7-6.  Louise Waite was clinical, disposing of Krystal Oakes 6-2 6-1 whilst Inglewood's sole win came courtesy of Michaela Spurdle over Pamela Clough 4-6 6-2 6-1.  End result was Pukekura Park winning the tie 9-7.

Okaiawa/Manaia 8.5 Huatoki 7.5

Mark Laurence b Alistair Nairn 6-1 6-4
Vince Baylis b David Innes 6-3 ret hurt
Josh Murdoch b Chris Avery 6-3 7-5
Rhys Butler b Jayden Harrison 3-6 6-4 6-1
Grace Kelly lost to Hikaru Han 6-0 6-0
Lauren Fraine b Tracey Old 6-0 7-5
Capree Wineera lost to Chris Wilson 6-2 6-1
Carolyn Jackson lost to Ellen O'Byrne 6-2 6-2
Doubles
Laurence/Baylis b Nairn/Innes def
Murdoch/Butler lost to Avery/Harrison 6-1 6-2
Wineera/Jackson lost to Old/O'Byrne 6-4 7-5
Combines
Baylis/Kelly b Innes/O'Byrne def
Murdoch/Jackson lost to Avery/Old def

Pukekura Park 9 Inglewood 7

Matt Bailey b Malcolm Masters 4-6 7-6 7-5
Thomson Matuku b Luke Brown 6-1 7-6
Louise Waite b Krystal Oakes 6-2 6-1
Pamela Clough lost to Michaela Spurdle 4-6 6-2 6-1

Stratford 9.5 Oakura 6.5

Andy Roberts b Len Adamson 7-5 7-5
Bruce Cleland b Caleb Fleming 6-3 6-4
Grant Kite b Simon Spurdle 6-2 6-1
Ryk Fergusson b Chris Fergusson 6-1 6-4
Lynn Stanners lost to Danni Fletcher 4-6 6-1 6-2
Mylie Thwaites lost to Jackie Keenan 6-3 6-1
Kristen Lourie lost to Bailey Bruckner 7-6 6-4
Maree Kydd lost to Chris Davies 6-3 6-4
Doubles
Roberts/Cleland b Adamson/Fleming 6-7 6-0 10-8
Kite/Fergusson b Spurdle/Fergusson 6-4 6-1
Thwaites/Lourie b Keenan/Davies 6-3 6-2

Soffe Cup Points
Farmlands Okaiawa/Manaia 39.5, RE/MAX Pukekura Park 36, AWE Huatoki 33.5, Inglewood Club Inglewood Club 32, Hareb Deken Oakura 28.5, Central Finance Rotokare 24, Thomson O’Neil Stratford 22.5

Wilson Trophy Results
Matapu 9.5 Pukekura 6.5, Okaiawa/Hawera 10.5 Oakura/Rotokare 5.5, Huatoki 10 Manaia 6.

Wilson Trophy Points
Matapu 50.5, Huatoki 39, Okaiawa/Hawera 37.5, Oakura/Rotokare 26.5, Pukekura 24.5, Stratford/Inglewood 20, Manaia 18.

Sumpter Trophy Results
Pukekura 12 Huatoki 4, Oakura/Rotokare 9.5 Hawera 6.5

Sumpter Trophy Points
Oakura/Rotokare 43.5, Pukekura 43, Huatoki 32, Hawera 25.5