24 January 2008

In Soffe Cup tennis tomorrow, the match of the round will be second placed Hareb Deken Oakura versus fourth placed AWE Huatoki at Huatoki.  Unless Huatoki has its strongest team available, Oakura will be favourites after toppling Pukekura 14-2 last week.  The top men's singles should be Huatoki's Jonno Ussher against Aaron Hine or Josh Walden and the No 2 match should be Tristan or Jordan Stayt against Steve Novak or John Hardie-Boys.  The scores should be level after those matches with Ussher and Novak favoured.
In the women's singles,  Huatoki's Lucy Barlow or Saori Han will play Leah Fletcher and in the No 2 match Han or Janice Taylor will play Sue Oldfield.  Unless Barlow plays, Oakura should take out both matches.
In the first round it was an 8-8 draw.
Sandfords Manaia have their first game of the year and are at home to Waiwaka /Stratford/Midhirst. They should chalk up their second win of the season.  Top matches are likely to be Manaia's Jason Mills or Jordan Fleming playing Gavin Phelan or Michael O'Sullivan and Fleming or Michael Gates playing O'Sullivan or David Chamberlain.
In the women's singles, Manaia should take out both matches if they have Nicole Koch and Alesha Ford available.  They will play Krystal Oakes and Jayden Bruce or Alison Chamberlain.
In the first round it was a 8-8 draw.
In the first round Hooker Pacific Pukekura won 14-2 against McDonald Real Estate Matapu and they will want a similar scoreline at Matapu to get their season back on track after losing their last two matches and slipping from second to third on the points table.  If they are back to full strength they should have no trouble.  No 1 Michael Fleming will play David White and No 2 Zac Wills will play Kyle Crowley.
The top women's matches are likely to be Pukekura's Linda Reid against Jen White and Helen Kelly against Donna Thorne.
Central Finance Rotokare have the bye
Wilson Trophy and Sumpter Trophy gets underway tomorrow. Competition leaders are : Wilson Trophy- Hawera, Sumpter Trophy-
Stratford and Waitara-equal first.