SOFFE CUP REVIEW
Although some rep players were expected to miss interclub play on Saturday, only Michael Fleming and Chris Patten did not play.
Midhirst had it’s first win in the Soffe Cup on Saturday, easily beating Stratford 11-5 at Stratford.
They were dominant throughout the fixture, jumping to a 6-2 lead after the singles. No1 Chris Brown returned from a week’s break through injury and defeated Gavin Phelan in three sets. No3 Ross Slinger and No 4 Val Cleaver had easy two set wins over Grant Kite and Craig Oliver.
Stratford’s No2 Elliot Campbell won his match over Michael O’Sullivan.
Midhirst’s new No1, Kathryn O’Sullivan dropped the first set against Brenda Gibbons but won in three sets. No2 and 3, Sandy Reeve and Marlene Foreman won their matches against Kylie Jury and Jaydyn Bruce while No 4, Marianne Drumond went down to Tracey Zimmerman.
Midhirst won three of the four doubles matches and two of the four combines.
Players to win all their matches were Slinger and Cleaver for Midhirst and Campbell for Stratford.
It was an important win for Midhirst because it lifts it off the bottom of the table to 6th place. At the end of the first round the bottom two teams drop out of Soffe Cup.
Accent on Curtains Waiwaka scraped home 9-7 against Pukekura at Waiwaka to remain unbeaten.
They led 5-3 after the singles with the top three men, Aaron Hine, newcomer Graeme Mitchell and Nick Creery all having easy wins. Waiwaka’s No2 and 3 Nicki Mills and Glenda Frost won their matches.
Pukekura’s top woman Linda Reid had a tough battle against fellow rep player Clare Fairey, winning in two tie-breaker sets. The two No 4s, Carole Medway and Ben Aves also won their matches.
Waiwaka’s men won both doubles matches in three setters while the Pukekura women were dominant in their doubles. Going into the all important combines it was the home side ahead 7-5 and they maintained the two game advantage by winning two matches.
Waiwaka’s best players were Hine and Creery who won all their matches while Carole Medway was Pukekura’s player of the day with a 100% record.
Rotokare had a comprehensive 15-1 win over Manaia 2 at Manaia. The win lifts it to third place, 6 points ahead of Pukekura.
The stronger women’s line-up was the key, stalwart Cheryl Lawrence made her first appearance of the season and won all her games. She beat Tineke Grindlay in three sets; then teamed up with No1 Leith Atkins to beat Abbey Death and Grindlay in the doubles. In the combines her partner was Jonathan Ussher and it was a close 9-7 over Kevin Tosland and Grindlay.
No 4 Debbie Campbell returned after missing last week which also helped the side.
All the men had easy wins in their singles while Tony Boshier and Kevin Tosland forced Max Ladame and Ussher into a second set tie – break.
The only triumph for Manaia was the No 3 singles, Clare Goldsworthy continued her successful season with an easy 6-2, 6-1 win over Michelle Atkins.
Manaia 2 is in relegation zone at the bottom of the table.
As expected, Sandfords Manaia 1 had an easy 12-4 win over Hawera at Hawera.
Jason Mills, Alaister Murdoch, Michael Gates, Cindy Death, Irene Cruikshank
and Ashlee Murdoch won their singles to set up a 6-2 lead.
Catherine Stevenson and Conrad Heron won theirs.
The doubles were all comprehensive wins to Manaia, except for the bottom men’s
doubles and the No 3 combines.
Hawera’s Conrad Heron won all his matches.
Manaia 11 Rotokare 5, Okaiawa 8 Waitara 8, Kaponga 10 Huatoki 6
Hawera beat Pukekura by default, Inglewood 9 Stratford 7, Oakura 9 Kaimata 7
Manaia 1 74, Waiwaka 67, Rotokare 54, Pukekura 48, Stratford 34, Midhirst 31,
Hawera 27, Manaia 2 25
Kaponga 64, Matapu 50, Okaiawa 45, Manaia 31, Rotokare 29, Waitara 26, Huatoki 25
Oakura 55, Inglewood 55, Kaimata 48, Stratford 45, Hawera 31, Pukekura 29