23 November 2008
Rotokare were given a fright by Hooker Pacific Pukekura in Soffe Cup tennis
on Saturday but came out on top
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
12 Huatoki 4, Matapu 9 Okaiawa 7, Waiwaka 14 Stratford 2
Huatoki 8, Waitara beat Hawera by default,Stratford 8 Manaia 8, Inglewood 11
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
52*, Waiwaka 51, Stratford 32, Oakura 23*, Matapu 20, Huatoki 19, Okaiawa 19
Rotokare 39.5, Inglewood 39.5, Manaia 34.5*, Stratford 34, Huatoki 32,
Coastal 26, Hawera 25.5*
points adjustment from last week