30 November 2006
On paper it
looks like the three penultimate round of Soffe Cup matches tomorrow will be
one sided, with three of the top four sides playing the three in the lower
half of the points table.
Rotokare take on seventh placed Okaiawa who have found it tough going this
season and are destined for relegation in a fortnight. The match is on the
Okaiawa hardcourts but that won't be enough to secure a home town win.
The top two
men's matches are likely to be Rotokare's Chris Popata taking on Taranaki B
player Andrew Powell and Mark Atkins playing Murray Mead.
matches are likely to be Rotokare's Leith Atkins playing Joanne Gyde and Val
McLoughlin playing Megan Gyde with the New Plymouth club pair likely to win
placed Sandfords Manaia are at home to Waiwaka. Manaia have a number of
players out this week but are likely to prevail in a close match.
Cruikshank will play her first Soffe Cup match of the season while 12 year
old Maree Gopperth will make her debut.
The top men's
match will see Manaia's Thomas Luxton likely to beat Waiwaka's Jordan Stayt
and a good match in prospect is the No 2 clash between Jason Mills and
Stuart Wood, on the verge of rep selection.
In the women's
singles, Manaia's Nicole Koch will play Jayden Bruce and No 2 Ginny Death
will play Yvonne Chamberlain.
/Midhirst are at home to Hooker Pacific Pukekura in a match likely to be
played at Midhirst.
another team who have a number of players unavailable and it will be
Stratford/Midhirst's chance to gain some valuable points. The combined side
welcome back No 1 Kathryn O'Sullivan from university for her first match of
the season. She will have a tough match against Linda Reid. The No 2 match
is likely to be Stratford/Midhirst's Kylie Jury against Donna Thorne with
Thorne the hot favourite.
A number of
men's matches could go Stratford. Top player Gavin Phelan is likely to play
Meto Snegirev who is normally No 3 and the No 2 match could see former rep
player Chris Brown have his first Soffe Cup game of the season
against reserve players Paul Simpson or Andy Erb.