28 Jan 2006

A strengthened Midhirst team had a win over a depleted Sandfords Manaia team in Soffe Cup tennis on Saturday.
Chris Brown and Kathryn O'Sullivan who were rep players last season,  returned from overseas and both had two wins. Brown, playing at No 2 defeated Alaister Murdoch 6-4, 6-4 while O'Sullivan defeated Alesha Ford 6-4, 7-5. 
 Midhirst were ahead 5-3 after the singles. No 2 Mike O'Sullivan and No 4 Neil Kingston defeated Kevin Tosland and Jacob Gopperth respectively.  Manaia's No 1, Jason Mills had little trouble defeating Jono Ussher 6-3, 6-0. 
 In the women's singles, Midhirst's No 3 Shelley Childs had a 6-2, 6-0 win over Abby Death while Manaia's No 2 Cindy Death beat Lyn Stanners 6-1, 7-6 and No 4 Irene Cruikshank had a win over Marlene Foreman 6-1, 7-5. 
MIdhirst took out the men's doubles and the top women's doubles while the combines was shared.
Hooker Pacific Pukekura had an 11-5 win over Kaponga at Kaponga. They were ahead 6-2 after the singles with the top three men winning and all but the No 1 woman winning.  No 1 Zac Wills defeated Len Adamson  6-3, 6-3 while No 2 Tony Radich only dropped one game in his match against Kyle Crowley.  No 3 Ben Aves had a three set win over Jason Hurley and Kaponga's No 4 Brad Dowdle scored a 6-1, 6-3 win over Meto Snegirev.
Kaponga's top player, Krystal Oakes had a hard fought 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 win over Linda Reid and Pukekura's No 2 Donna Thorne had a 7-6, 2-6, 7-6 win over Maree Jones. The No 3 and 4 women, Kirsten Adam and Jeanette Harding had easy wins however.
In the doubles Pukekura won one men's and both women's and followed that up by winning the  top two combines.
The win increased Pukekura's lead at the top of the table, they have 48 points , 6.25 ahead of Waiwaka on 41.75. Manaia is in third place on 40.75.
Accent on Curtains Waiwaka defeated Stratford by default because Stratford's women were all unavailable.
Wilson Trophy
Okaiawa 14 Stratford 2, Matapu 11 Huatoki 5, Oakura 11  Ecolab Manaia 5.
Sumpter Trophy
Manaia (2) 11 Oakura 5, Inglewood 11 Manaia (1) 5, Okaiawa 11 Huatoki 5, Waiwaka 13 Matapu 3.