26 Nov 2010
Stumble Inn Waiwaka plays host to competition frontrunner Sanfords Manaia on the weekend. Manaia are expected to come out on top. The top matches will be between Waiwaka's David Lace and Jordan Fleming in the men's singles, while Waiwaka's Krystal Oakes will play Nicole Koch. Both Manaia players, Fleming and Koch will be expected winners. Men's No. 2 Mike Lace will play Cameron Koch with Koch favoured. The No.2 women's singles match will be between Michelle Lace and Sarah Kelly, with Kelly favoured to make it four from four for Manaia.
Michael Goulding and Nga Nga Nicholas along with Jaydn and Sharon Bruce will make up the remaining line-up for Waiwaka, while for Manaia Jacob Gopperth, Michael Gates, and Maree Gopperth and Grace Kelly will complete their line-up. Waiwaka's best hope will likely come in these bottom match ups such is the strength Manaia boasts at the top of the team sheet.
Hareb Deken Oakura will battle it out with second placed Central Finance Rotokare at the Oakura courts on Saturday. Rotokare will be itching to get back into the winners circle after a frustrating loss the previous week while Oakura will be out to show they aren't done for in season 2010-11. A cracker of a headline match should be on show between Oakura's Graham Mitchell and Rotokare's Ben Pollard. It won't be much of a prediction to tell you this will be a close one. Pollard will start as slight favourite owing to his experience and proven track record. The top womens match will be fought out between Oakura's Miaana Walden and Karen Cranston with Cranston favoured. Oakura's No.2 Joshua Walden is expected to make a welcome return to Soffe Cup this weekend. He will play Rotokare's Blair Crowley- Walden conventionally would be favoured but Crowley will be a tough prospect in his first game back. Becky Bruckner will meet Rotokare's Tania L'Ami in the women's No. 2 match- L'Ami will be expected to win.
The remaining singles head-to-heads will be between Tei Walden- Malcolm Elder, Jamie Hareb-Kyle Crowley, and Shae Martin-Beccie Atkins, and Chris Davies-Frances Gray. Rotokare will be largely favoured to take these lower matches and with it the overall tie.
Tariki Icon Sports Pukekura will be at home to AWE Huatoki on Saturday with the expectation to continue their gathering momentum towards the playoffs. Huatoki conversely will see this game as the litmus test of their season to date. Both teams currently sit fourth equal on 45 points on the ladder and a win either way will make life a lot harder for the losing side in jostling for prime playoff seats.