27 Oct 2012
Sandfords Manaia, Icon Sports Tariki Pukekura and AWE Huatoki all had identical 13-3 wins over Farmlands Okaiawa, Hareb Deken Oakura and Central Finance Rotokare respectively.
As expected, current Soffe Cup champions, Sandfords Manaia were too good for Farmlands Okaiawa at their home base, winning 13-3.
The highlights for Manaia were the usual suspects at the top of the order. Nicole Koch was far too good for Amelia Weir winning 6-0 6-0; Jordan Fleming and Cameron Koch won their singles matches 6-0 6-3 (Andrew Powell) and 6-3 6-0 (Mark Laurence) respectively. Most of the remainder in the Manaia team provided sterling supporting roles by winning their matches in straight sets. Koch only dropped 2 games all day and looked ready to continue her domination of Taranaki ladies tennis.
The shining light for Okaiawa was in the No.3 men’s slot where Vincent Baylis was dominant over experienced veteran Michael Gates 6-2 7-5. Baylis, possibly showing the benefits of a winter fitness regime, was able to combine with Ryan Stockman to take out the doubles 6-4 6-4 and then combine with sister Jaimee Baylis for a further upset win 9-8(3) in the mixed doubles.
The highlight of Pukekura's easy 13-3 win over Oakura was the selection at No.1 women of the young 13 year old Louise Waite who then went on to beat the experienced Sue Oldfield 6-4, 6-0.
Kirsten Adam had no problems against Jackie Keenan with a 6-2 6-1 win, with Linda Reid and Donna Thorne easily accounting for their Oakura opponents, Chris Davies and Rebecca Scott, 6-2 6-0 and 6-1 6-0 respectively. On the men's side, the mercurial Graeme Mitchell was in commanding form dispatching Callum Old 6-1 6-2 while the score didn't reflect the effort in Craig Waite's 6-0 6-2 loss to Pukekura's Chris Jury. Len Adamson had a tough time against Pukekura young gun Jamie Simpson, going down 6-2 6-0, while young Cory Sutherland, who started off well, was eventually taken out by club stalwart, Denis Reid, losing 6-3 6-0.
Mitchell and Waite were able to claw back a hard fought 6-7 6-4 7-6(10-8) win for Oakura in the top men's doubles, while the balance of all other doubles went Pukekura's way. Oakura were able to win only one more of the mixed doubles.
A depleted Rotokare side missing their top two women went down in an unexpected loss, 13-3 to a rampant Huatoki side. Alice Caskey was untroubled in her match, beating Frances Gray 6-1 6-0, while Sophie Robertson had a challenging time against returning Becci Atkins, coming out with a first time win, 6-3 7-5. Chris Wilson won her match with ease against another returnee Michelle Atkins, 6-1 6-0 while Rotokare's sole women’s win came from Juliet Farquhar at number 4, who outlasted Shuna Giles in a three set battle 5-7 6-2 6-4.
New recruit Andrew Sangster fought back from a first set deficit to take the next two sets and complete a gruelling 3-6 7-5 6-3 win over the tenacious Malcolm Elder. In a hard hitting men's No 2 match Chris Popata took out Kyle Crowley 6-2 6-3 while Huatoki's Murray Keast at 3, out-witted Shane Devlin in a tight 6-4 6-3 win. Making his debut at number 4, Thomas Burrell easily accounted for Laurie Jordan, 6-2, 6-0. Despite Rotokare's Atkins and Atkins 4-6 5-7 win against Wilson and Giles, Huatoki took out the remaining women's and men's doubles with a level of ease. Huatoki won 3 out of the remaining 4 mixed doubles
Wilson Trophy – Gold division
Hawera 9 Stratford/Waitara 7; Stratford 16 Rotokare 0; Manaia 13 Okaiawa 3
Wilson Trophy – Blue division
Matapu 9 Waiwaka 7;
Pukekura 12 Huatoki 4
Hawera 7 Waiwaka 5; Pukekura Gold 8 Huatoki/Oakura 4; Pukekura Green 10 Opunake 2.
Wilson Trophy – Gold
Thomson O’Neil Stratford 18, Ecolab Manaia 15, Hawera 11, Stratford/Waitara 7, Farmlands Okaiawa 3, Laurie Jordan Chartered Accountant Rotokare 0.
Wilson Trophy – Blue
Pukekura 14, Matapu 11,
Waiwaka 7, Huatoki 4, Inglewood 0.
Pukekura Green 12, Pukekura Gold 10, Hawera 9, Waiwaka 5, Huatok/Oakura 4, Opunake 2