24 Nov 2017

Soffe Cup Preview for Saturday 25 November 2017

Pukekura will be hosting Okaiawa/Manaia this weekend.  Pukekura's men of Brady Simpson, David Barnard, Michael Erb and Meto Snegirev will take on Okaiawa/Manaia's men of Josh Murdoch, Ryan Stockman, Peter Mihaljevich and Andrew Baylis. This line up is without Hamish Mead, Vince Baylis and Mark Laurence, who all played last week.  It should see the Pukekura men take out all of the men's matches.  The Okaiawa/Manaia women will be Lauren Mekalick, Helen Johnston, Jaimee Baylis and Anne Putt. The opposing Pukekura women are Nikayla Barnard, Ella Rogers, Caitlin Haylock and Alison Gadsby.  Once again it is likely to be a tough day at the tennis office for the Okaiawa/Manaia women. 

Rotokare are at home to Oakura. The Rotokare men are Blair Crowley, Scott Campbell, Baxter Rogers and Shane Devlin. They will meet Jaime Simpson, Andrew Hood (singles only), Len Adamson, Sammy Lewis, and Matt Stringer (doubles specialist).  The Rotokare women will be Karen Cranston, Chantelle Peters, Tania Atkinson, and Paula Ingram. The Oakura women will be Paula Evans, Sue Oldfield, Ana Spurdle and Jackie Keenan.  Oakura have been sweeping all before them and it will take a special effort by Rotokare to buck that trend, however, tennis is a fickle sport and it only takes a few surprises to turn the score. 

Huatoki will take on Stratford this weekend.  The men for Huatoki will be Jayden Harrison, Alistair Nairn, Murray Keast, and Luis Silva.  The Stratford men are Bruce Cleland, Grant Kite, Michael Boland and Paul Waite.  The Stratford women are Lynn Stanners, Mylie Thwaites, Courtney Tippet and Kristen Lourie.  The Huatoki women are Tracey Old, Ellen O'Byrne, Chris Wilson and Jae Wilson.  Huatoki, having played both of last year's finalists in recent weeks will be looking forward to a more even confrontation this week.  Jayden Harrison has gotten over his troubling knee and with both Wilson's back in for the women, Huatoki will be out to turn a corner against Stratford.  Of course Stratford will have other ideas, however, Huatoki become a far more imposing side when their top man comes back into the line-up. It would take a special effort, probably from the women, to keep Stratford in the running to win the tie.

Pihama have the Bye.

Good luck to all the players taking to the courts in all the different grades around Taranaki this weekend. If you’re not playing, get out there and support your local club.