28 Oct 2010
Soffe Cup tennis returns
this week after a break for Labour Weekend. With all ties resulting in
9-7 scorelines, no club has asserted itself in the competition yet.
Central Finance Rotokare
host AWE Huatoki and if Rotokare have their top team, are likely remain
unbeaten. No 1 Ben Pollard plays Chris Popata. Popata will fancy
his chances after toppling Mike Fleming in the opening round. No 2
Blair Crowley will face Amrit Rai and Rai could make it two from two for
Huatoki. In the No 3 and 4 matches, Rotokare's Malcolm Elder and Kyle
Crowley should play David Innes and Ajeet Rai. Rotokare look to be too
strong in the women with Karen Cranston and Tania L'Ami favoured over Alice
Caskey and Chris Wilson in the top two matches and Beccie Atkins and Frances
Gray likely to be too good for Robin Hinton and Sophie Robertson.
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Pukekura are at home to Sandfords Manaia and are both without their top men,
Mike Fleming and Cameron Koch respectively. Fleming's replacement, Callum
Old will have his work cut out to beat Jordan Fleming. No 2 Meto
Snegirev faces MIchael Gates, with Gates favoured. In the other two
men's matches, Tony Radich and (possiby) former Inglewood player Thomas
Brown should beat Tommy Death and Jacob Gopperth.
Manaia's women look too
good for Pukekura. Nicole Koch, Sarah Kelly, Maree Gopperth and Trudy
Neilsen will play Linda Reid, Kirsten Adam, Donna Thorne and Jeanette
Manaia to win
Hareb Deken Oakura host
Stumble Inn Waiwaka in what should be a close contest. Oakura has three
changes to its line-up with Steve Novak, Becky Bruckner and Rebecca Scott
not playing. They are replaced by Len Adamson, Sue Oldfield and Louise
In the top men's
matches, Graham Mitchell will play David Lace. Lace lost to Cameron
Koch in three sets in the first week and Mitchell was unstoppable against
Malcolm Elder, not dropping a game. No 2 Tei Walden will have a difficult
task to defeat Mike Lace.
In the top two women's
match ups, Oakura's Sue Oldfield should be too good for Michele Lace and in
the No 2 clash Louise Brankin plays Nicki Martin who is returning
after several seasons off to have a family. The other changes to the
Waiwaka side are the introduction of Michael Goulding at No 4 replacing
Michael Lloyd and Shuna Giles replaces Sharon Bruce at No 4. No 1
Krystal Oakes is unavailable for Waiwaka.
The Wilson and Sumpter
Trophy competitions start today. The Wilson Trophy retains 12 teams
with Pukekura Park having a new team and Waitara dropping down to the
Sumpter Trophy. Champions, Inglewood are the team to beat having
beaten Stratford in the final last season. In the Sumpter Trophy there
are 8 teams, up from 7 last season. Rotokare and Hawera are not
fielding teams and Manaia and Inglewood are new entries.
Coastal (Opunake, Okato
combined) is replaced by Opunake. Huatoki won the trophy last season
beating Okaiawa in the final.
Wilson Trophy teams ( in
last season's finishing order ) Inglewood, Stratford, Hawera, Okaiawa,
Rotokare, Waiwaka, Matapu, Huatoki, Oakura, Manaia Blue, Manaia White,
Sumpter Trophy teams (in
last season's finishing order ) Huatoki, Okaiawa, Hawera, Stratford,
Opunake, Waiwaka, Inglewood, Manaia.