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.
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.
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.
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.