28 October 2006

Soffe Cup holders Sandfords Manaia were given a fright by Rotokare at the Rotokare courts on Saturday.  They had a 9-7 win which was only sealed in the combines.
Rotokare got off to a great start with Mark Atkins, elevated to the No 1 spot in the absence of Chris Popata, defeating Taranaki A rep player Thomas Luxton 6-4 6-7 7-6. No 2 Greg Hareb had a good win over Alaister Murdoch, 6-4 6-1 and No 4 Kevin McLoughlin dropped the first set to love against Kelvin Tosland but won the next one 6-4 and the tiebreak 7-6.  Manaia's No 3, Michael Gates had little trouble defeating Shane Devin 6-2, 6-1.
Manaia's women won three out of four singles. Rotokare were without their No 1 Leith Atkins and Nicole Koch defeated Val McLoughlin 6-3 6-1. No 2 and 4, Alesha Ford and Ginny Death defeated the Atkins sisters, Michelle and Beccie.  Rotokare's No 3, Emmah Ussher scored a 6-3 6-2 win over Ashlee Murdoch, making the scores 4 all after the singles.
Rotokare were superior in the doubles, winning all but the top women's but what secured victory for Manaia was their 100% record in the combines. It was down to the wire with Gates and Murdoch winning 9-7against Hareb and Val McLoughlin and Tosland and Death winning 9-8 against Kevin McLoughlin and Beccie Atkins.
AWE Huatoki are top of the table after another win.  They defeated Stratford/Midhirst 10-6 at Huatoki. They got away to a good start leading 5-3 after the singles. The men's singles were shared 2 all with No 1 Jonathan Ussher and No 2 Roy Gaskin having easy wins over Michael O'Sullivan and Grant Kite. Stratford's No 3 and 4, Michael Short and Stephen Uhlenberg defeated Ben Robins and Amrit Rai.
Huatoki's women won three singles, with Saori Han , Janice Taylor and Megan Walsh having easy wins. Stratford's No 3 Maree Jones, (previously Kaponga) had a 6-2 6-2 win over Robin Hinton.
Huatoki won three of the doubles and two of the combines.
Waiwaka defeated Okaiawa 12-4 at Okaiawa.  Okaiawa were hit by injury with Len Adamson and Andrew Baylis having to withdraw while Waiwaka had a stronger team this week with David Geange and Nicki Martin back in the team.
Waiwaka led 6-2 after the singles with Stuart Wood the No 2, abd Geange the No 3, having easy wins over Murray Mead and Vincent Baylis; Rhys Sutton, the No 4, winning in three sets over Keith Stockman. .
Okaiawa's No 1 Andrew Powell defeated Jordan Stayt 6-4, 6-4.
Waiwaka's No 1, 2 and 4 women had wins with Jayden Bruce, Nicki Martin and Alison Chamberlain beating Joanne Gyde, Megan Gyde and Claire Goldsworthy.
Okaiawa's No 3, Beth McLeod defeated Yvonne Chamberlain 6-1, 6-4.
Waiwaka won all the doubles and two combines.
Hooker Pacfic Pukekura had the bye.
Sumpter Trophy
Waitara 13 Manaia 3, Oakura 14 Huatoki 2, Team Hawera 13 Matapu 3
Soffe Cup Points
AWE Huatoki 26, Rotokare 21, Waiwaka 18, Stratford/Midhirst 15, Okaiawa 13, Sandfords Manaia 11, Hooker Pacifc Pukekura 4