27 October 2006
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
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.
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
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.
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.
the 2nd division starts on 4 November.