25 February 2009

Soffe Cup resumes tomorrow after a break last week because of the two representative fixtures against Manawatu.
Several teams will be without junior rep players as it is their turn this week with the Western Quadrangular being held.
These teams will be awarded three points in addition to their score on the day.
The feature match will be between fourth placed Hooker Pacific Pukekura and competition leaders Central Finance Rotokare at Pukekura.  In the first round Rotokare squeaked home 9-7 in a match which six third set tiebreakers.  Rotokare will be without No 3 Beccie Atkins while Pukekura will be missing No 4 Callum Old, both players are in rep teams.  Pukekura may be without their top woman, Linda Reid who injured an ankle in the rep match last Saturday.  The top match is likely to be Rotokare's Ben Pollard against Dennis Reid with Pollard favoured. The No 2 match is likely to feature Rotokare's Chris Popata or Greg Hareb against Meto Snegirev with that match going to Rotokare.  In the women's singles, if Reid doesn't play No 1 will be Donna Thorne who will play Rotokare's Catherine Stevenson, with Stevenson favoured. The No 2 match will be either Thorne or Kirsten Adam against Kelly Toa with Toa too good.
Second placed Hareb Deken Oakura will play fifth placed AWE Huatoki and is expected to win comfortably. Oakura will be without their No 4  man Tei Walden while Huatoki's No 1 man Amrit Rai and No 4 Alice Caskey who are all rep players.  Oakura's No 1 Graeme Mitchell is expected to win comfortably against Jeremy Wichman or David Innes while in the No 2 match, Oakura's John Hardie Boys will be too strong either Innes, Stuart Nairn or Jaden Hareb.  In the women's singles, Oakura's Sue Oldfield will play Chris Wilson and be too good while in the No 2 match , Becky Bruckner is favoured over Megan O'Donnell.
Sixth placed McDonald Real Estate Matapu are at home to seventh placed Hawera. In the first round Matapu won 10-6.  Matapu may be without their No 1 David White who attends university.  If he is unavailable, Jason Hurley is likely to step up and play Neil McCann with McCann expected to win easily. The No 2 match is likely to be between Matapu's Kyle Crowley and Hawera's Conrad Heron with Heron expected to win.
Matapu's Krystal Oakes will lead the women and play Sheri De'ath, De'ath won in the third set tiebreaker in the first round. No 2 Helen Kelly likely to play Mary Ellen Annabell or Erin Annabell.
Eighth placed Lockwood Design & Build Okaiawa are at home to third placed Sandfords Manaia and can only improve on their 16-0 drubbing in the first round. Manaia are expected to be missing several men however, which will help Okaiawa. No 1 Andrew Powell may play Jason Mills or Michael Gates and No 2 Vincent Baylis may play Gates or Alaister Murdoch. In the women's matches, Manaia's Nicole Koch and Ginny Death are likely to prevail over Joanne Gyde and Beth McLeod.