24 February 2008
have its name engraved on the Christie Cup for the third consecutive season
after defeating Manawatu 15-9 at the Rotokare courts on Saturday.
Taranaki, who were missing five top players, would struggle proved
unfounded. Their cause was helped by Manawatu's top woman Manu Durie
withdrawing from the team on Friday.
leading 8-4 after the singles with the women winning all but the top match.
No 2 Nicole Koch beat Pam Dransfield 7/5, 6/0 and Saori Han, Leah Fletcher,
Sue Oldfield and Linda Reid all had easy wins.
Manawatu's No 1
Kelly Toa beat Alesha Ford 7/5 6/4.
singles were shared 3-3 after Manawatu's top three Kurt McNamara, Evan Smith
and Tim Preston beat Ben Pollard, Jordan Stayt and Andrew Powell, all in two
sets. Taranaki's No 4, 5 and 6 Josh Walden, David White and John Hardie-Boys
beat their counterparts, Sam Howard, Thomas Suesse and Jamie Hooper, all in
two sets. In the doubles it was 3-3 after Manawatu won the top two
men's matches and Taranaki the No 3 match.
McNamara and Smith beat Stayt and Powell in the top match and Preston and
Howard beat the Oakura pair of doubles specialist Steve Novak and Walden
Kelly and Oki Toa win the top women's doubles against Ford and Koch 6/4, 6/4
while Taranaki won the other two matches. The Oakura pair of
Fletcher and Oldfield beat Dransfield and Malpas 6/1, 6/4 while Han and Reid
beat Mayer and Bohaanon 6/1, 6/3.
At 11-7 going
into the combines, Taranaki had the tie all but won. They won the
combines 4-2. The only three set matches of the day were the No 3 match
between Novak and Ford and McNamara and Oki Toa, won by Taranaki and the No
4 match won by Manwatu's Howard and Dransfired over Walden and Fletcher.
Players to have
three wins for Taranaki were David White, John Hardie Boys, Sue Oldfield and
Hardie Boys and
Oldfield were having their debuts while Reid is incredibly in her 22nd year
of rep tennis.
The Taranaki B
team beat Manawatu B 14-10 at the Huatoki courts. After the singles it was
7-5 to Taranaki. Taranaki only won two men's matches, No 1 Jordan Fleming
beat Jono Spring 6/3, 6/3 and No 4 Amrit Rai beat Michael Harris in three
Matawha Durie beat David Innes in 6/1, 6/1 in the No 2 match, No 3 Tutere
Durie beat Jacob Gopperth in three sets.
Manawatu's No 5
and 6 , Michael Kensington and Tommy Huynh beat Thomas Brown and Jaden Hareb
7/5,7/5 and 6/3,7/5 respectively.
In the women's
singles Taranaki only dropped one match. They all had easy wins, led by No
1 Donna Thorne who beat Maria Maling - Cope 6/0, 6/3. No 2 Krystal Oakes
beat Jane Brooker 6/2, 6/1and No 3 Becky Bruckner beat Lydia Carter 6/1,6/1.
Manawatu's No 4
Shaani Temata - Frost beat Alison Chamberlain 6/2, 6/4.
Taranaki's No 5
and 6 Kate Laurenson and Miaana Walden beat Lucy Drake and Megan Small
In the doubles
Taranaki won 4 and lost 2. The women won all their matches while Taranaki
only won the top men's match.
At 11-7 going
into the combines, Taranaki were feeling confident. The matches were shared
3-3 with three of them going to three sets.
Players to win
all three matches for Taranaki were Jordan Fleming, Donna Thorne and Miaana
Okaiawa (2) 4, Matapu 9 Huatoki (1) 7, Okaiawa (1) 12 Oakura 4
Manaia (1) 11
Inglewood 5, Manaia (2) def Kaponga by default, Waitara 11 Rotokare 5,
Waiwaka 8 Stratford 8
Okaiawa (1) 135, Okaiawa (2) 110, Oakura 106, Huatoki (1) 99, Matapu 64,
Huatoki (2) 25
Waitara 152, Manaia (2) 144, Manaia (1) 141, Inglewood 97, Rotokare 81,
Kaponga 76, Waiwaka 64