27 October 2007
There were no
upsets in Soffe Cup tennis on Saturday but McDonald Real Estate Matapu, in
their first season of Soffe Cup, pushed defending champ AWE Huatoki all the
way at Matapu. Each side won four singles; Huatoki won three men's
matches with No 1 Jonathan Ussher defeating Tom Luxton 6/2 6/4, No 3 Jordan
Stayt winning 6/3 6/2 against Jason Hurley and Amrit Rai only dropping one
game against Brent Perrett. Matapu's No 2, David White defeated Rakesh
Rai 6/0 6/2.
three women's singles, with No 2, Helen Kelly defeating Janice Taylor 6/2
2/6 7/6; No 3 Carolyn Koch beat Chris Wilson 6/4, 6/4 and No 4 Michelle
Furness beat Megan Walsh 6/4 7/6. Huatoki's No 1, Saori Han won her
match against Jen White 6/2 6/3.
In the doubles
Huatoki won three out of four to go into the mixed doubles 7-5 ahead. The
New Plymouth side finished the job off by winning three out of four to take
out the tie 10 - 6.
Rotokare won 12-4 against Waiwaka/Stratford/Midhirst at Rotokare. Although
the scores were 5-3 after the singles Rotokare only dropped one more match,
the No 2 women's doubles.
In the singles,
Rotokare's top three, Chris Popata, Mike Roberts and Shane Devlin had easy
wins against David Innes, David Chamberlain and Grant Kite.
side's No 4 , 15 year old Thomas Brown, (who previously played Wilson Trophy
for Inglewood) made his Soffe Cup debut a memorable one by defeating another
debutant, 16 year old Jaden Hareb, 6/3 3/6 7/6. Both players were in
the Taranaki junior rep team last season.
two women's singles, No 1 Leith Atkins and No 4 Maureen Whiting won their
matches while Waiwaka/Stratford/Midhirst's No 2 and 3, Alison and Yvonne
Chamberlain defeated Michelle and Beccie Atkins.
Pukekura defeated Oakura 11-5 at Pukekura in a match featuring five
tiebrakers. In the women's singles Oakura' s No 1 Leah Fletcher defeated
Linda Reid 4/6 6/4 7/6 making it two defeats of Taranaki senior reps in two
weeks. She defeated Rotokare's Leith Atkins in the first round.
Pukekura's Donna Thorne, Kirsten Adam and Jeanette Harding won their
matches. Thorne and Harding had relatively easy wins while Adam was pushed
to three sets by Miaana Walden.
In the men's
singles, Pukekura won three out of four, with only Oakura's John Hardie Boys
winning. He defeated Dennis Reid 6/3 6/4.
Oakura won both
men's doubles with Hardie Boys and Josh Walden having a good three set win
against Michael Fleming and Reid. Horry Hubbard and Ted Normanton defeating
Paul Simpson and Nick Steventon in three sets. Hardie Boys made it
three out of three by combining with Becky Bruckner to defeat Reid and Adam
the rest of the mixed doubles and are equal top of the points table with
Manaia had the bye.
Pukekura 27, Central Finance Rotokare 27, McDonald Real Estate Matapu 19,
AWE Huatoki 12, Oakura 10, Waiwaka/Stratford/Midhirst 8, Sandfords Manaia 5.
Huatoki (1) 3, Oakura 12 Huatoki (2) 4, Okaiawa (2) 13 Matapu 3, Okaiawa (1)
Rotokare 5, Manaia (1) 11 Kaponga 5, Waitara 12 Waiwaka 4, Manaia (2) 10