27 March 2011
Soffe Cup Final Review
Sanfords Manaia was crowned Soffe Cup
champion for the second consecutive year after downing Tariki Icon Sports
Pukekura 10-6 on Saturday. The home side was pushed right to the combines
before prevailing with three of the four combines matches on offer. This
team may celebrate a thoroughly commendable season which saw the club lead the
competition from start to finish. The unity and cohesion is a feature of
this side where nearly all members are under 25 years of age. With many
years ahead of them, yet another dynasty of Taranaki Tennis domination looks set
to unfold in the town of Manaia.
The tie got under way in appreciably good
conditions given the different story just a few miles north. The No. 1
mens match between Jordan Fleming and Callum Old was won by Fleming 6-1 6-2.
Cameron Koch then capped a great year with a terrific 6-2 6-3 win over Mike
Fleming. Dennis Reid earned Pukekura's only men's victory- winning 6-1 6-3
against Jacob Gopperth. Michael Gates won comfortably in the No. 4 match
6-1 6-1 over Meto Snegirev.
The No. 1 womens match
between Nicole Koch and Linda Reid was a master class by Koch who won 6-0 6-0.
Kirsten Adam pulled one back for Pukekura beating Sarah Kelly in the No. 2 match
6-2 6-1. Maree Gopperth commandeered a 6-3 6-1 victory over Donna Thorne.
Jeanette Harding fought her way to a hard-earned 7-5 6-4 victory for Pukekura.
The doubles were shared
with Manaia claiming both top mens and womens matches, while Pukekura claimed
the bottom doubles of both genders.
Fleming/Koch were just
too good for Old/Snegirev winning 6-2 6-2. Fleming/Reid alternately were
way too experienced a team to be troubled in their match- they won 6-1 6-3 over
unearthed a fine partnership this season- they won against Reid/Harding 6-0 6-0.
Adam/Thorne then levelled the doubles with a 6-2 6-2 win over S. Kelly/G. Kelly.
In the combines with
the overall scoreline at 7-5 Manaia needed just two more matches to seal
victory. The first of them came in the No. 1 combines match. The
partnership of Fleming/Gopperth was too strong for Old/Harding winning 9-3.
Following that the crucial loss of Mike Fleming to injury during the No.2
combines match effectively killed off any chances of Pukekura staging a
comeback. With that match defaulted to Manaia, it could proclaim victory
for another season. The final two matches although trivial to the final
result were still carried out to a top standard. Reid/Thorne won the No. 3 match
against Gopperth/G. Kelly 9-4, while Gates/S. Kelly won 9-7 over Snegirev/Adam
in the No. 4 match.
Sumpter Trophy (A3) Review
The A3 Sumpter Trophy
champion for season 2010-11 is Okaiawa. Okaiawa were too good for Waitara
who had no answer for the South Taranaki side's quality mixed doubles
The No. 1 mens singles
match was won by Malcolm Baylis over Reece Pilcher 6-4 6-1. Les Symes then
won comfortably 6-1 6-0 over Lionel Ogilvy. Hamish Mead was particularly
impressive winning 7-6 (9-7) 6-0 over Te Riaki Nicol indicating a big future
ahead of the youngster. Mervin Hawkes then completed the mens clean sweep
for Okaiawa, winning 6-1 6-0 over Vini Purcell.
The No. 1 womens match
was crucially won by Okaiawa's Aroha Beattie 6-4 6-4 over Debbie Wheeler.
Waitara won the three remaining womens matches however to stay in touch with the
visitors. Carolyn Jackson won 6-1 6-0 against Laurel Stockman in the No.2 match,
Esther Timu was equally devastating in her match also winning 6-1 6-0 over Helen
Hurley whilst Georgia Jackson then defeated Sharon Bent 7-5 6-2 in the No. 4
The doubles were shared
making the overall scoreline 7-5 in favour of Okaiawa going into the combines.
Okaiawa won both mens doubles comfortably, while Waitara had the same success in
the women. Baylis/Symes beat Pilcher/Purcell 6-0 6-0 in the No. 1 mens match.
Mead/Hawkes then won 7-5 6-4 in the bottom doubles. Wheeler/C. Jackson won
6-1 6-1 over Beattie/Hurley in the top womens doubles match. Timu/ G.
Jackson won 6-1 6-1 also over Stockman/Bent in the No.2 womens match.
Okaiawa then took
full control of the combines to win in style. Baylis/Beattie won 9-1
against Wheeler/Pilcher. Symes/Stockman won 9-3 over Ogilvy/C.
Jackson. Mead/Hurley also won 9-3 against Nicol/Timu. Finally
Hawkes/Bent won 9-5 over Purcell/G. Jackson to put the finishing touches on
a top team performance and overall season.
Wilson Trophy (A2) Review (played Sunday)
Wilson Trophy Final,
Stratford v Okaiawa.
After persistant rain
wiped out any chance of play on Saturday, both teams headed to the intended
final destination at the Midhirst tennis courts on Sunday determined to get
a result. Unfortunately, constant heavy showers and rain were always going
to cause trouble on the day at Midhirst, so Stratford graciously agreed to
play the final at Matapu and Okaiawa courts where there was predominantly
Shortly before both
teams arrived at Okaiawa there was a sudden downpour which required a
further delay whilst the courts were rolled, brushed and mopped dry. Play
eventually got underway about midday.
Okaiawa's No.1 man,
Andrew Powell got the team off to a great start winning his match over Grant
Kite 6-0 6-0 but Stratford replied immediately, winning the No. 2 mens
singles; Michael Boland playing powerful tennis to defeat Okaiawa's Mark
Laurence 6-2 6-2. The No. 3 and No. 4 mens matches both went Okaiawa's way
with Vincent Baylis defeating Tin Stanners 6-3 6-3 and Ryan Stockman
squeaking home 6-2 3-6 7-6(8) over Richard Hutterd.
Okaiawa had a 3-1 lead
in the tie but things were definitely not going their way with the women at
the Matapu courts. Stratford won all of the womens singles to lead the tie
5-3 after the completion of the singles. The experienced Lynn Stanners beat
Taranaki B and Junior Rep, Amelia Weir, 7-5 6-1; equally experienced Maree
Kydd beat Joanne Gyde 7-6(5) 6-1; Reagan Boland defeated Jaimee Baylis 7-5
6-1; Katie Stanners was narrowly the victor over Shannon O'Brien 6-1 6-7(8)
Onto the doubles and
Okaiawa won both mens doubles in epic contests. Powell/Laurence defeated
Kite/Boland 7-6(5) 5-7 7-6(5). Baylis/Stockman defeated Stanners/Hutterd
6-2 4-6 7-6(8). Whilst Stratford lost both mens doubles, they picked up a
set in each match which could become critical in a countback of sets if the
tie was even at 8-all at the end of the day. The womens doubles provided a
couple of upset results with Okaiawa women winning both matches. Weir/Gyde
comfortably defeated Stanners/Stanners 6-1 6-3 and Baylis/O'Brien defeated
Kydd/Boland 6-4 7-5 in a nail-biting encounter. The doubles underlined
Okaiawa's close-knit pairings and their never-say-die attitude that they
bring to the game.
Okaiawa now led the tie
7-5 and needed two of the four combined doubles to go their way to secure
victory but there were more twists in the story to come.
The first combined
doubles match was Okaiawa No.4 man and No.1 woman, Stockman/Weir playing the
two No. 4's for Stratford, Hutterd/K.Stanners. Okaiawa were favoured to win
this match but got off to a poor start and combined with cramp injuries to
Ryan Stockman, succumbed to the Stratford pair 9-7. Overall score in the
tie now 7-6 to Okaiawa.
The three remaining
combined doubles all started at the same time. A quick count up of sets if
the overall result was a draw would see Stratford win in a sets countback
therefore Okaiawa had to win two of these remaining three matches.
However, the Stratford pairings could sense victory was theirs and all three
matches were being led by Stratford 6-3. Stratford duly won the No. 2
combines 9-5; Boland/Kydd defeating Laurence/Gyde 9-5. The overall tie
score was now 7-7.
The sibling pairing for
Okaiawa in the No. 3 combines, Vincent and Jaimee Baylis staged a huge
comeback to win their match over Stanners/Boland 9-7. Okaiawa now led the
tie 8-7 but could only win the tie with outright victory. The No. 1
combines match on court 1 had both teams and a sizeable spectator crowd
gathered to watch. The Okaiawa pair of Powell and O'Brien (No. 4 woman)
fought back from 3-6 to lead Kite/L.Stanners 8-6. Kite and Stanners then
broke back and held serve to level the match at 8-all and force a
tie-break. The tiebreak was close all the way with the lead changing
several times. Powell/O'Brien were able to respond to the crowd's urgings
and prevailed 9-8 (7-5 in the tiebreak). Okaiawa won the tie 9-7 at 6:40pm.
Stratford were extremely
generous in defeat and the lengthy after-match celebrations were shared by
This capped a tremendous
season for Okaiawa, a small South Taranaki tennis club, winning the Sumpter
Trophy on Saturday and adding the Wilson Trophy on the Sunday. Okaiawa
Tennis Club also celebrate their centennial in 2011.