31 October 2007

Sandfords Manaia have a chance to get their season back on track when they play the combined Waiwaka/Stratford/Midhirst at Midhirst on Saturday.  Manaia lost their first game of the season to McDonalds Real Estate Matapu but they were without their top players, Jason Mills and Nicole Koch who will be back this week.  The likely top matches are Jordan Fleming against David Innes, Jason Mills against David Chamberlain, Nicole Koch against Krystal Oakes and Ginny Death against Alison Chamberlain.  Manaia are favourites in all those matches.
AWE Huatoki are away to Oakura and are likely to pick up another win.  Oakura will again be without their No 1 Aaron Hine unavailable) so Josh Walden will play Huatoki's Jonno Ussher.  Ussher, Taranaki' s No 1, will win that but in the other top men's match Oakura's John Hardie Boys is favoured against Roy Gaskin or Rakesh Rai.  In the women's singles, Oakura's Leah Fletcher will play Saori Han in what should be a close match and Becky Bruckner will play Janice Taylor. Taylor will start favourite.
Hooker Pacifc Pukekura will no doubt continue thier unbeaten run against Matapu at Pukekura. Matapu will be no easy beats, having shown good form in their two matches so far.  After the top two men's matches,  Pukekura's Michael Fleming agisnt Tom Luxton and Meto Snegirev against David White, the scores should be one all. Fleming and White are favoured.  Matapu could have the advantage in the No 3 and 4 matches with Rodney Perrett and Jason Hurley playing Paul Simpson and NIck Steventon or Daimon Stewart.  In the women's singles Pukekura's No 1, Linda Reid will play Jen White and Donna Thorne plays Helen Kelly.  The Pukekura pair are favoured.
Central Finance Rotokare have the bye.