23 Feb 2014

AWE Huatoki will host Sandfords Manaia in next weekends Soffe Cup final, after overwhelming Hareb Deken Oakura 13-3 whilst Manaia eased past title holders Pukekura 11-5.

In the Huatoki v Oakura tie, the No.1 men's match saw the in-form Amrit Rai continue his unbeaten run, taking out the hardy Graeme Mitchell in a three set thriller 4-6 6-4 6-4.  Huatoki No. 2 Ajeet Rai sent a scare through the Huatoki camp midweek, after injuring his hand but confirmed his class with a 6-1 6-1 cruise over Len Adamson.  Alastair Nairn (Huatoki) at 3, had to contend with the tricky Craig Waite who won 6-3 6-2.  Murray Keast (Hua) at 4 had a battle against Heydon Young, Keast winning 6-3 7-5.  In the no.1 women's match, Alice Caskey moved past Sue Oldfield 6-2 6-2.  Chris Wilson up against no.2 Paula Ferguson, was easily beaten, with Ferguson taking the match 6-0 6-0.  Young Hikaru Han was all over Bec Scott in her 6-2 6-0 win while Ellen O'Byrne came out all guns blazing with a 6-0 6-4 drubbing of Oakura's Bex Scott.  Huatoki dominated the doubles with Oakura taking only one of the mixed doubles matches

With a number of top players out for various reasons, Pukekura were always going to be on the back foot against a full strength Manaia side.  Manaia No.1, Jordan Fleming, had payback on his mind, using his power game to win 6-1 6-4 over Pukekura No.1, Jaime Simpson .  The No. 2 men's match saw Cameron Koch taking on Simpson No.2 ,Brady, who went down the same path as his brother, giving Manaia another win 6-2 6-1.  Beauden Fleming at No.3 got past a stubborn Meto Snegirev 7-6 6-3, while Manaia No. 4 Jacob Gopperth gave young 12 year old David Barnard a lesson to remember, although it was a short and sweet 6-1 6-3, to Gopperth.  In the women's, it was business as usual for Nicole Koch as she outclassed  Pukekura No.1 Linda Reid  6-0 6-1.  Manaia No.2, Alesha Warner (Ford) matched the firepower of Pukekura's Donna Thorne taking the first set 6-1.  However, Thorne took the  next two 6-4 7-6 giving Pukekura that win.  Maree Gopperth shut young Chantelle Peters out of her match 7-5 6-2, while Trudy Vince at 4, was able to frustrate Micheala Spurdle with her retrieving game to outplay her opponent  7-5 6-4.  Manaia continued their lead in the men's doubles but failed to take any of the women's doubles.  Manaia defaulted both the top women's doubles and top combines matches, but was still comfortably ahead with Pukekura needing to win all the combines.  It was a bridge too far.  Manaia taking the tie 11-5 overall and a ticket to yet another Soffe Cup final.