23 November 2008

Central Finance Rotokare were given a fright by Hooker Pacific Pukekura in Soffe Cup tennis on Saturday but came out on top 
Pukekura were leading 5-3 after the singles, winning all the men's matches except the top one and two of the women's.
The three men's victories were all decided in the third set tie breaker, No 2 Tony Radich defeated Greg Hareb, No 3 Meto Snegirev defeated Shane Devlin and Callum Old beat Blair Crowley. In the women's matches No 1 Linda Reid had an excellent three set win over Catherine Stevenson and No 3 Kirsten Adam beat Beccie Atkins easily.  Rotokare's wins came from No 1 Ben Pollard 6/1,6/3 over Dennis Reid and No 2 Kelly Toa 6/1,6/3 over Donna Thorne and No 4 Helen Goodin in a three setter over Jeanette Harding.  However, in the doubles the home side proved superior, only dropping two matches. They won both men's matches and the top women's match making it 6 - 6 going into the mixed doubles. Rotokare won three out of four to seal the win.
Hareb Deken Oakura beat AWE Huatoki comfortably (on paper), at Oakura but there were four three set singles matches, three won by Oakura. Oakura were up 5-3 after the singles, winning all the men's matches except the top one. No 2 John Hardie Boys only dropped one game against Quin Rosa while No 3 and 4, Aaron Hine and Tei Walden won in three sets against David Innes and Josh Hamilton respectively. The top two Oakura women, Alesha Ford and Sue Oldfield only dropped three games between them in their victories over Sara Hamilton and Chris Wilson.
Huatoki's wins came from No 1 Jono Ussher who defeated Josh Walden in three sets and No 3 Megan O'Donnell who defeated Miaana Walden in three sets and Alice Caskey beat Jill Barron 7/6,6/3.
In the doubles, Oakura won all but the top men's match and all but the No 4 mixed doubles. It was tight with the top mixed doubles match decided in the tiebreaker,9/8 and the No 3 match was 9/7.
The win moved Oakura to top of the table on 71 points, one ahead of Rotokare.
Sandfords Manaia had a big 16-0 win over Lockwood Design and Build Okaiawa at Manaia to remain in third position.  All the singles were easy wins although No 2 Jordan Fleming was pushed to a 6/4,6/4 win by Vincent Baylis.  No 1 Jason Mills made his first appearance of the season in the absence of Cameron Koch. He defeated Andrew Powell 6/4,6/1.  In the doubles, both men's won their matches easily while in the women's matches No 1 Nicole Koch and Ginny Death won 6/0,7/6 against Joanne and Megan Gyde and in the No 2 match, Irene Cruikshank and Helen Johnston dropped the first set to love before winning a three set tiebreaker against Amelia Bowers-Weir and Pam Adamson.
McDonald Real Estate Matapu beat Hawera 10-6 at Hawera. It was 4-4 after the singles with Matapu superior in the women's matches, winning the No 2, 3 and 4 matches and the No 3 men's match. Helen Kelly, Carolyn Koch and Ann Bridges were triumphant as was Kyle Crowley over Sean Mehrtens 6/4,6/2.
In the men's matches Hawera's top two men Neil McCann and Conrad Heron won their matches against Jason Hurley 6/1,6/0 and Andy Roberts 3/6,6/2,7/6 while No 4 Hayden Bennett beat Simon Bourke in three sets.  Matapu proved stronger in the doubles,only dropping two matches. They won both women's matches and the No 2 men's match. In the mixed they won all but the top match. The win lifts Matapu to 5th equal on the table with Hawera, four points ahead of Huatoki.
Wilson Trophy
Ecolab Manaia 12 Huatoki 4, Matapu 9 Okaiawa 7, Waiwaka 14 Stratford 2
Sumpter Trophy
Rotokare 8 Huatoki 8, Waitara beat Hawera by default,Stratford 8 Manaia 8, Inglewood 11 Coastal 5
Soffe Cup
Hareb Deken Oakura 71, Central Finance Rotokare 70, Sandfords Manaia 64, Hooker Pacific Pukekura 52.5, Hawera 33, McDonald Real Estate Matapu 33, AWE Huatoki 29, Lockwood Design and Build Okaiawa 7.5
Wilson Trophy
Ecolab Manaia 52*, Waiwaka 51, Stratford 32, Oakura 23*, Matapu 20, Huatoki 19, Okaiawa 19
Sumpter Trophy
Waitara 52, Rotokare 39.5, Inglewood 39.5, Manaia 34.5*, Stratford 34, Huatoki 32, Coastal 26, Hawera 25.5*
* includes points adjustment from last week