Cup interclub tennis, Midhirst's new top player, 15yr old Jonathan Ussher
made a strong claim to be included in the senior rep side when he defeated
Waiwaka and Taranaki No 1, Aaron Hine 7-6 6-4 at Midhirst on Saturday.
In a clash that was close thoughout the day
, Midhirst was 5-3 ahead after the singles. In two very close matches,
Midhirst s' No 2 Micheal O'Sullivan defeated Jordan Stayt 6-7, 7-5, 7-6
while Val Cleaver beat Rhys Sutton 7-6, 6-7, 7-6. Waiwaka's David
Chamberlain defeated Neil Kingston 6-3, 6-1.
The women's singles were shared with
Waiwaka's top two players, Nicki Martin and Clare Fairey beating Lyn
Stanners and Shelly Childs while Midhirst's Marlene Foreman and Debbie
Wheeler evened the score, defeating Glenda Frost and Alison Chamberlain.
The Waiwaka men took out both the doubles in three set tie breakers while
midhirsts women won both their matches.
With the scores locked at 6-6 going into
the combines it was any teams match but Midihist won three out of four to
take the tie 10-6. They won two 9-8 and one 9-7 so it really did come down
to the wire.
Manaia had little trouble in its 13-3
defeat of Okaiawa at Manaia. They had a great start winning 7 out of 8
singles. They were all fairly easy wins, Thomas Luxton defeated Crichton
Parker 6-3, 6-4 while Cameron Koch only dropped one game in his match with
Andrew Powell. No 3 Alaister Murdoch found it tougher with a 6-4, 6-4 win
over Andrew Baylis. Okaiawa No 4, Jeremy Moore defeated Michael Gates 6-4,
Womens' No 1 Nicole Koch emulated her
brother's performance in her match with Joanne Gyde, while No 2 Alesha Ford,
in her Soffe Cup debut beat Megan Gyde 6-0, 6-3.
Moore teamed up with Baylis to give Gates
and Murdoch a close game before the Manaia pair won 6-4, 3-6, 7-6.
Okaiawa's other wins were the No 2 doubles
pairing of Clare Goldsworthy and Michelle Powell who defeated Aleisha Ford
and Abby Death in three sets and Goldsworthy and Moore defeating Gates and
Pukekura had an emphatic 15-1 win over
Kaponga at Pukekura. Pukekura's men all won easily, dropping only a total of
No 1 Zac Wills has been in top form this
season, defeating Aaron Hine a fortnight ago, and is another one pressing
for a place in the senior rep side. He only dropped one game against Len
Pukekura's No1 Linda Reid had little
trouble in her match against Krystal Oakes wining 6-2, 6-0 while Kaponga's
Maree Jones scored her side's only victory with a hard fought 6-4, 7-6 win
over Donna Thorne.
Pukekura lead the competition with 32
points, 6 ahead of Midhirst.
Stratford had the bye.
Matapu 16 Stratford 0
Okaiawa 11 Waiwaka 5
Pukekura 32, Midhirst 26, Manaia
15, Stratford 14, Waiwaka 9, Okaiawa 7, Kaponga 5