30 January 2008
Many clubs will
be without their top players in Soffe Cup tennis tomorrow as the NZ Lawn
Tennis Championships are on in Hawera.
match will be the Sandfords Manaia v Hareb Deken Oakura at Manaia.
are favoured and a similar scoreline to the first round, 11-5, is
predicted. In the top men's singles, Oakura will be missing their top
player Josh Walden and either Aaron Hine or Graham Mitchell is expected to
take his place and play Jason Mills; that is likely to be a close match.
The No 2 singles should feature Oakura's Steve Novak against Jordan Fleming.
In the women's
singles Manaia's Nicole Koch would be favoured over Leah Fletcher and Alesha
Ford over Sue Oldfield or Becky Bruckner.
pick up wins in the No 4 mens' singles, Steve Lloyd beat Horri Hubbard in
the first round. They won both men' s doubles as well as the no 4 womens'
singles. Irene Cruikshank beat Jill Barron but her opponent tomorrow may be
Louise Brankin, and the no 2 women's doubles pairing, Cruikshank and Maree
Gopperth prevailed in the first round.
will be missing their two top men, Jonno Ussher, Tristan Stayt and Lucy
Barlow (who will be playing in Hawera) when they play the combined side,
Waiwaka/Stratford/Midhirst at Huatoki. Their top two men are likely
to be Jordan Stayt and Neil Bridgeman who will take on a likely pairing
of Gavin Phelan and Michael O'Sullivan. Phelan and Bridgeman are
likely winners to make it 1-1. In the women's singles, the likely
match ups are Huatoki's Saori Han and Janice Taylor versus Krsytal Oakes and
Jayden Bruce and the home team should win both those matches. Fourth
placed Huatoki should score a comfortable win against the combined side
which has only scored one win; in the first round they won 12-4.
leaders Central Finance Rotokare come off the bye and are at home to
McDonald Real Estate Matapu. It is not known whether either side will
be missing players, if not the top men's singles matches will be Ben Pollard
and Chris Popata against David White and Kyle Crowley. Pollard
narrowly beat White in the first round. Rotokare's No 1 and 4, Kelly
Toa and Maureen Whiting should prevail over Jen White and Ann Bridges.
Matapu's likely wins would be in the No 2 and 3 women's match with Helen
Kelly hoping to repeat her first round win over Leith Atkins and Carolyn
Koch favoured over Kate Laurenson. In the first round Rotokare won