3 December 2006
Sandfords Manaia 9-7 at Manaia in Soffe Cup tennis on Saturday to inflict
the Cup holders their first defeat of the season. Manaia had several
players unavailable and Waiwaka capitalised. The singles were shared 4 all
after Manaia won the top 3 women's matches easily. Alesha Ford, Ginny
Death and Irene Cruikshank accounted for Jayden Bruce, Yvonne Chamberlain
and Alison Chamberlain while Waiwaka's No 4 Sharon Bruce defeated Maree
Gopperth 6-3, 6-1.
In the men's
singles, Waiwaka won all but the No 2 match. Their No 2 Jordan Stayt had a
surprisingly easy win 6-2, 6-0 over Thomas Luxton while David Geange and
David Chamberlain had three set wins over Michael Gates and Kelvin Tosland.
Manaia's No 2 Jason Mills was not troubled in his 6-1, 6-2 win over Stuart
were shared 2 all but Waiwaka gained the advantage by winning 3 out of 4
combines. David Chamberlain had a good day winning all 3 matches.
Pukekura had an easy win over Stratford/Midhirst 14-2 at MIdhirst.
Although Stratford had Elliot Campbell and Kathryn O'Sulllivan back form
University it was not enough to make a difference. Pukekura led 7-1 after
the singles with only O'Sullivan winning her match against Linda Reid.
In the men's singles Zac Wills, Ben Aves, Meto Snegirev and Nick Steventon
had easy wins over Campbell, Grant Kite, Michael Short and Stephen Uhlenberg.
In the women's matches Donna Thorne, Jeanette Harding and Carole Medway had
too much experience against Kylie Jury, Min Zimmerman and Kelsi Bevins.
Stratford's only other win was in the No 4 combines with Uhlenberg and
Bevins defeating Steventon and Medway 9-3.
Rotokare had an
11-5 win over Okaiawa, at Okaiawa, with several close matches. In the men's
singles, No 1 Greg Hareb won a torrid match 6-4, 6-4 against the stylish
Andrew Powell by maintaining consistency and pressure. The No 3 and 4
matches both went to third set tie-breakers. The two Team Captains, Rotokare's
Kevin McLoughlin and Andrew Baylis battled it out before McLoughlin
prevailed 1-6, 4-6, 7-6. In the No 4 match, Mark Laurence was defeated
by Blair Crowley 1-6, 7-6, 7-6.
In the women's
singles, Okaiawa picked up the No 2 and 4 matches with Megan Gyde defeating
Michelle Atkins 6-3, 6-2 and Michelle Powell beat Beccie Atkins 6-3, 7-6.
No 1 Leith
Atkins didn't drop a game against Joanne Gyde while the battle hardened
Helena Goodin, (formerly Kaponga), overcame the youth of Beth McLeod 6-4,
were shared, while Rotokare picked up three combines. Okaiawa's
combines win was Andrew Baylis and Beth McLeod defeating Kevin McLoughlin
and Helena Goodin.
likely to finish the first round at the top of the table as they have a bye
in the last week on 16th December.
They have 71
points,15 points ahead of Manaia with Pukkerua 1 point behind on 55.
Most A grade
players take a break next week as the junior quads take centre stage.
Huatoki 6, Matapu 10 Manaia 6, Oakura defeated Okaiawa by default
Huatoki 7, Matapu 12 Waiwaka 4, Oakura 13 Manaia 3
Manaia 56, Pukekura 55, Huatoki 49, Waiwaka 41, Stratford/Midhirst 28,
Matapu 57, Manaia 51, Inglewood 39, Okaiawa 24, Huatoki 23
Team Hawera 70,
Oakura 61, Waitara 60, Huatoki 33, Waiwaka 32, Manaia 31, Matapu 31