27 October 2006

Tomorrow sees the second round of games in the Soffe Cup interclub competition.  The highlight of the round will be the match between Rotokare and Manaia at Rotokare.
Rotokare's men will be evenly matched against Manaia. Manaia had the bye in the first round so their form is impossible to judge.
The top men's match is likely to be Chris Popata v Jason Mills. Popata was in great form in the first week, not dropping a game against fellow rep player Zac Wills. The other three matches should be Greg Hareb v Thomas Luxton, Mark Atkins v Alaister Murdoch and  Kevin McLoughlin v Michael Gates.
In the women's matches, Rotokare's Leith Atkins takes on Taranaki No 1 Nicole Koch, Val McLoughlin plays Alesha Ford, Michelle Atkins v Ginny Death and Beccie Atkins v Ashlee Murdoch. Manaia's women look stronger and that should be enough to take out the match.
 
AWE Huatoki will have a tougher match than their match against Waiwaka this week. They are at home to Stratford/MIdhirst, and they should have the advantage in the women's matches. The top two matches will pit Huatoki's Janice Taylor against Lynn Stanners while Chris Wilson will play junior rep player Min Zimmerman.
In the men's singles it looks even with the top men's match likely to be Jonathan Ussher against Gavin Phelan with Ussher favoured. The No 2 match should be Roy Gaskin against Michael O'Sullivan or Chris Brown with the Stratford/Midhirst likley to have a win in that encounter. Huatokis' No 3,  Neil Bridgeman should chalk up a win aginst Grant Kite, ( his old team mate) while 13 year old Alistair Nairn will find Stephen Uhlenberg hard to beat.
 
Okaiawa are at home to Waiwaka and could have it's first win after drawing with Stratford/Midhirst in the first round.
The top two men's matches could go either way with Okaiawa's Andrew Powell playing fellow Taranaki B rep Jordan Stayt and Len Adamson playing Stuart Wood.
The top two women's matches are likely to be Joanne and Megan Gyde up against Jayden Bruce and Yvonne Chamberlain, with the Waiwaka pair likely to triumph. 
 
Hooker Pacific Pukekura has the bye.
 
The 3rd Divison of A grade, the Sumper Trophy gets underway tomorrow. There are seven teams, down from eight last season.
Hawera and St Josephs Hawera have combined after not having a teams in A grade last season. Waitara has also come back in after having two seasons out of A grade. The other teams are Huatoki, Oakura, Manaia, Matapu and Waiwaka.
 
Wilson Trophy, the 2nd division starts on 4 November.