27 November 2008

Selector Bruce Cleland (Stratford) is confident his representative tennis team has the experience to defend the Christie Cup against Wanganui on Sunday.  Although there are several players unavailable, there is only one player making their debut, Hawera's Neil McCann.  Manaia's Cameron Koch who has been attending school in Cambridge, last played for Taranaki in 2005/6 as did Irene Cruikshank - on that occasion in the B team.  When these sides met a year ago, Taranaki won 18-6.
If Taranaki are successful the Cup goes on the line again in February against Manawatu.
The team is Ben Pollard ( Rotokare) , Jono Ussher ( Huatoki), Cameron Koch ( Manaia), Neil McCann (Hawera), Josh Walden(Oakura), John Hardie Boys ( Oakura)
Alesha Ford ( Oakura), Sue Oldfield (Oakura), Linda Reid (Pukekura), Leah Fletcher ( Oakura), Irene Cruikshank( Manaia), Donna Thorne (Pukekura)
Unavailable - Saori Han, Catherine Stevenson, Nicole Koch, Mike Fleming, Chris Popata.
Jordan Fleming is attending school in Cambridge and will represent Waikato this season.
The match at Rotokare Tennis Club gets underway at 10am.
There is no Soffe Cup or A grade this weekend.
The junior reps play a triangular. The 14s are at Pukekura starting at 9am on Saturday and Sunday.
The 16s are in Wanganui and 10s and 12s in Palmerston North.