26 November 2005

 
Soffe Cup
 
In Soffe Cup tennis on Saturday, Sandfords Manaia had a crushing 13 -3 win over Hooker Pacific Pukekura at Manaia.
They got off to a flyer winning the singles 7-1, although three of the singles wins went to the third set tie-breaker.
No 1 Jason Mills defeated Zac Wills 6-4,1-6, 7-6 while No 2 Thomas Luxton had a close 6-4, 7-6 win over Tony Radich.
The other men's matches were easy wins for Manaia, Cameron Koch defeated Ben Aves 6-0, 6-1 while Michael Gates beat Meto Snegirev 6-4, 6-1.
In the battle of the top two Taranaki players, Manaia's top player Nicole Koch defeated Linda Reid 6-7, 6-3, 7-6 and Alesha Ford also had a three set win, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 over Donna Thorne.  Pukekura's only singles win was No 3 Kirsten Adam's 6-1, 6-4 win over Abbey Death and Irene Cruikshank made her first appearance in Soffe Cup this season and defeated Janette Harding 6-0, 6-3.
Pukekura fought hard in the doubles and combines with a few close matches but Manaia was too strong, winning 6 -2.
 
Midhirst had an important 10-6 win over Stratford at Stratford and is now competition leader, six points ahead of Pukekura.
Leading the way were the women who won all their matches. Lyn Stanners, Shelly Childs and Debbie Wheeler had easy wins over Brenda Gibbons, Kyle Jury and Tracey Zimmerman. No 4 Liz O'Sullivan prevailed in a three setter over Min Zimmerman.
Stratford's men won three singles. No 1 Gavin Phelan had a good win over Jono Ussher, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 and No 3 and 4, Bruce Cleland and Grant Kite defeated Val Cleaver and Stephen Uhlenburg. Midhirst 's Micheal O'sullivan had a three set win over Elliot Campbell.
Midhirst won three out of four doubles, two of them in the third set tie-breaker, only dropping the top men's match while the combines were all square.
 
Kaponga had a 10-6 win over Okaiawa at home.  It was even after the singles with Kaponga's women picking up three matches.
Leith Atkins, Helena Goodin and Carolyn Koch won their matches over Joanne Gyde, Clare Goldsworthy and Carol Fergus.
Okaiawa's No 3 Michelle Powell won her match against Michelle Atkins.
Okaiawa's men won the top three matches, Crichton Parker had a three set win over Len Adamson and Kyle Crowley and Jason Hurley were defeated by Jeremy Moore and Andrew Powell.   Kaponga's Brad Dowdle won his match against Andrew Baylis.
In the doubles, Kaponga's women won both their matches while the men's was shared.  It was 7-5 going into the combines and Okaiawa had to win them all to take the tie but they only managed one win.
 
Wilson Trophy
Huatoki 13 Inglewood 3, Matapu 13 Ecolab Manaia 3
Sumpter Trophy
Matapu 10 Huatoki 6, Oakura 9 Manaia (2) 7, Okaiawa 10 Manaia (1) 6
 
Points
Soffe Cup
Midhirst 51, Pukekura 45,  Manaia 44.5, Stratford 37, Waiwaka 34, Kaponga 28.5, Okaiawa 24
Wilson Trophy
Matapu 76.5, Manaia 61.5, Huatoki 51.5, Oakura 30, Inglewood 9.5, Stratford 5
Sumpter Trophy
Okaiawa 52, Matapu 44, Oakura 37.5, Waiwaka 35, Manaia (1) 34.5, Manaia (2 ) 31, Huatoki 28