29 Jan 2016

Competition leaders Hareb Deken Oakura travel to third-placed RE/MAX Pukekura in their bid to retain the lead in the Soffe Cup.  Oakura's No.1 man, Jaime Simpson, takes on the unknown talent of newcomer Dani Guerra for Pukekura but Simpson is still favoured to win.  Brady Simpson will take on Meto Snegirev at the No.2 spot and Simpson will look to capitalise on a psychological advantage of having beaten Snegirev last time they met.  Pukekura will look to even the men's singles count with David Barnard and Andrew Hood over Craig Waite and Len Adamson.  In the ladies, Pukekura should be overall too strong with No.1 Louise Waite up against Bailey Bruckner.  Linda Reid and Donna Thorne at 3 and 4 will be too good for Chris Davies and Ana Spurdle but the closest match will be at No.2 between Kirsten Adam and Oakura's Jackie Keenan.

Second-placed Huatoki will be looking to close the gap when they host bottom-ranked Central Finance Rotokare.  The Huatoki ladies line-up of Tracey Old, Ellen O'Byrne, Chris Wilson and Lorraine Heerdegen will take on Karen Cranston, Tania Atkinson, Chantelle Peters and Helena Goodin.  Cranston will be too accomplished for Old but the rest of the Huatoki ladies should prevail.  The men's line-ups are not as clear cut.  Jayden Harrison (Huatoki) at No.1 will take on Malcolm Elder and should win.  Murray Keast will have his hands full against Blair Crowley at No.2.  Rotokare's Shane Devlin should be too strong for Huatoki's Tim Ussher at No.3; likewise Huatoki's Ronan Avery should be too strong for John Lehman at No.4

Only three points separate Thomson O'Neil Stratford and Farmlands Okaiawa/Manaia and they meet at Okaiawa where the result is expected to be close.  Stratford's men's line-up is Sam Howard, Andy Roberts, Grant Kite and Ryk Ferguson and only Howard would be a certainty against the combined sides' Mark Laurence, Vince Baylis, Josh Murdoch and Alaister Murdoch.  The Stratford ladies consist of Lynn Stanners, Reagan Boland, Katie Stanners and Kristen Lourie and the majority of them should win over Carolyn Jackson, Georgia Jackson, Helen Johnston and Jaimee Baylis.  On paper, the doubles and combines look like being shared as well so the slightest advantage could win this tie.