29 Nov 2019

This weekend will see the 5th round of Soffe Cup take place. With things becoming tighter for those coveted semi-final places, every single point will be fiercely contested.

Pukekura will be at home, facing South Combined.  This is a top of the table clash, which could see the unbeaten Pukekura team seriously challenged.  With the strong pairing of Abby Ross and Jorja Symes in the top two positions for South Combined, it is important Pukekuraís Nikayla Barnard and Ella Rogers are available to meet this challenge.  South Combinedís men will have to play above themselves to trouble the likes of David Barnard and Caleb Fleming especially when Hamish Mead is unavailable this Saturday.  However, it is sport being played at a high level and form sheets are only a record of the past; the future may hold upsets.

Oakura will play host to an improving Stratford.  Having performed so well against South Combined last week, Stratford will be looking to post their first win of the season.  With the likes of Michael Boland and Grant Kite continuing to record doubles and singles wins, anything is possible. Courtney Tippett is always a wild card who could post a win also.  Of course, Oakura will have other ideas.  Having taken a rest last weekend, it is likely Graeme Mitchell will return for Oakura this weekend.  If he is joined by the unflappable Jaime Simpson, it could prove a tough day for Stratfordís men.

The last Soffe fixture of the weekend will see Huatoki at home to Rotokare.  Coming off a heavy loss last week, Huatoki will be looking for improvement from all of its players.  It is also important for the team to remain philosophical.  Murray Keast is a wonderful servant of the Huatoki club but playing number 2 at 58 years old is a big ask especially when he could potentially meet a player of the calibre of Blair Crowley or Will Roberts.  Huatoki could really use the speedy recovery of their usual top menís player Jayden Harrison.  Harrison is hoping for the corrective surgery needed to be fast-tracked so he can get back to playing this season.  Unfortunately, this does not help Huatoki in the present, who will have to play very well to have any chance.

In the Wilson Trophy, South Combined host Inglewood, Rotokare welcome Oakura and Waitara are at home to Pukekura.

In the Sumpter Trophy, South Combined play Pukekura at Manaia and Oakura take on Huatoki in Oakura.