30 Oct 2015

Reigning champions Huatoki start the defence of their Soffe Cup crown with a home match against newcomers Thomson O'Neil Stratford.  Huatoki have a formidable line-up in both the men's and women's categories and are expected to have a healthy victory.

Former Taranaki Open champion, Tristan Stayt, takes the No. 1 spot for Huatoki and should be too professional for Stratford's Andy Roberts.  Bruce Cleland might be able to pull one match back for Stratford when he takes on Jayden Harrison in the No. 2 matchup.  Murray Keast and Ronan Avery at 3 and 4 for Huatoki may have close victories.  In the women, Huatoki look to have the edge except perhaps at No.1 where Stratford's Lyn Stanners may have the edge over Tracey Old.  Huatoki's Ellen O'Byrne, Chris Wilson and Lorraine Heerdegen should be too classy for Mylie Thwaites, Reagan Boland and Katie Stanners. 

Re/Max Pukekura host Central Finance Rotokare and the result is up for grabs.  Pukekura have two newcomers at No.1 and No.3 in the men's lineup, namely Charlie Goodacre and Rob Haveswood.  If they have been ranked accordingly then they should be too strong for Blair Crowley and Laurie Jordan respectively.  Meto Snegirev and Thompson Matuku complete the Pukekura men's contingent and they should also be well prepared to have victories over Shane Devlin and Ben Fitzgibbon.  Rotokare will look to snare some victories from their women with Karen Cranston expected to win over Linda Reid and Tania Atkinson also to beat Jeanette Harding.  Pukekura's Donna Thorne should be too experienced for Julie Foley but the No.4 match between Alison Gadsby and Helena Goodin could go either way. 

In the remaining match, the combined Farmlands Okaiawa/Manaia team play a much strengthened Oakura side at Okaiawa.  Okaiawa's top menís pairing of Mark Laurence and Vince Baylis will have  difficult matches against Jaime Simpson and sibling Brady Simpson.  Josh Murdoch and Andrew Baylis may hold the strength for Okaiawa/Manaia in the bottom half of the men's draw against Simon Spurdle and Scot Johnson.  Oakura always have good strength in the ladies and this week will be no exception.  Bailey Bruckner, Jackie Keenan, Chris Davies and Poppy Mitchell look to have too much firepower for Lauren Fraine, Caroline Jackson, Georgia Jackson and Anna Johnson.