27 January 2006

Soffe Cup tennis resumes tomorrow after a 6 week break. The competition is reduced to 6 teams with Okaiawa relegated to Wilson Trophy.  Teams go into the second round with half their points carried over from the first round. 
Hookers Pacific Pukekura leads the competition with 35 points, just .25 ahead of Sandfords Manaia followed by Accent on Curtains Waiwaka on 28.75 and Midhirst on 28.  Stratford, (26.5) and Kaponga (18) make up the rest of the field.
In the opening week of games Kaponga are at home to Pukekura.  Kaponga will find the going tough; in the first round they only picked up one win.   Pukekura's men's line-up of Zac Wills, Tony Radich, Ben Aves and Meto Snegirev should repeat their easy wins of the first round against Len Adamson, Kyle Crowley, Brad Dowdle and Blair Crowley. 
Pukekura's 1, 2 and 4 women should also prove too strong; Linda Reid, Kirsten Adam and and Jeanette Harding play Krystal Oakes, Helena Goodin and Michelle Atkins while Kaponga's No 2 Maree Jones prevailed over Donna Thorne in the first round.
Midhirst are at home to Sandfords Manaia; in the first round Manaia won 14-2.  Midhirst may pick up a few more games this week against a depleted Manaia team.  They are missing  their No 2 and 3 men, Thomas Luxton (unavailable), Cameron Koch (in Christchurch with CD Under 16 team) and  No 3 woman Ashlee Murdoch (injured).
Midhirst's men's team is likely to be Jono Ussher, Michael O'Sullivan, Neil Kingston and Stephen Uhlenberg and they will take on Manaia's Jason Mills, Alaister Murdoch, Kelvin Tosland and Taranaki Under 14 rep, Jacob Gopperth who is making his Soffe Cup debut.   Honours are likely to be shared after the singles with Manaia's Mills and Tosland favoured while Midhirst's No 2 and 4, O'Sullivan and Uhlenberg should win their matches. 
Manaia's women should win all their singles matches, the probable team of Nicole Koch, Alesha Ford, Abbey Death/Irene Cruikshank and Cindy Death will play a team likely to consist of Lyn Stanners, Shelley Childs, Liz O' Sullivan/Marlene Foreman and Pam Wray.
Stratford are at home on the grass courts to Accent on Curtains Waiwaka. The first round clash is no guide as it was rain affected but Waiwaka should have a comfortable win.
Stratford's team of Gavin Phelan, Elliot Campbell, Bruce Cleland and Grant Kite will play Aaron Hine, Chris Popata, Jordan Stayt and David Geange. Waiwaka should win at least three matches, Stratford's No 3 Bruce Cleland will be looking for a repeat of his win in the first round over Jordan Stayt.  The women's matches are Stratford's Kylie Jury, Tracey Zimmerman, Min Zimmerman and Debbie Jury who will play Nicki Martin, Clare Fairey, Jaydn Bruce and Glenda Frost. The matches could be shared with Waiwaka only favoured in the top two matches.
A Grade division 2 and 3 also resume tomorrow.   In the Wilson Trophy, Okaiawa join Matapu at the top of the points table, followed by Ecolab Manaia, Huatoki, Oakura and Stratford.
The Sumpter Trophy will be contested by Inglewood, (relegated from the Wilson Trophy), who share the top of the points table with Okaiawa. The are followed by Waiwaka, Matapu, Manaia 1, Huatoki, Oakura and Manaia 2.