2 March 2007

Tomorrow is the last day of Soffe cup interclub tennis before the semifinals on 17 March. Both games are in New Plymouth and look to favour the home side.
 
 Third placed AWE Huatoki play Waiwaka and when these sides met in the first round it was a 12-4 victory to Waiwaka and a similar scoreline looks likely. Waiwaka's men's line-up is unknown but last week they were without No 1 Stuart Wood and their top two players were David Innes and David Chamberlain. If they field the same team tomorrow, they are likely to take on Jonathan Ussher and Roy Gaskin. While Ussher should win comfortably, Chamberlain has been playing well and is likely to win his match.
In the women's singles, Huatoki have a strong line-up chosen from Lucy Barlow, Saori Han, Janice Taylor, Robyn Hinton and Megan Walsh. They are likely to win all their matches against Jayden Bruce, Yvonne Chamberlain, Alison Chamberlain with the no 4 player not known at his stage.
 
Fourth placed Hooker Pacific Pukekura play sixth placed Stratford /Midhirst and while Pukekura have had a different men's team each week, they have won most of their matches due to the women winning most of their games.
This week there is an evenness about the tie. Stratford's Gavin Phelan and Michael O'Sullivan are favoured to beat Meto Snegirev and Paul Simpson. Grant Kite and Michael Short are likely to complete the men's team and could win their matches against  players not used to Soffe Cup tennis. 
Pukekura's women, Linda Reid, Donna Thorne, Kirsten Adam and Jeanette Harding will to be too strong for the Stratford women's team of Min Zimmerman, Kelsi Bevins and possibly Kylie Jury and Liz O 'Sullivan or Shelley Childs.
 This tie may be decided in the combines but it is likely to go Pukekura's way.
 
Due to Taranaki junior rep commitments the match between Sandfords Manaia and Rotokare was rescheduled to February 25th.