3 December 2006

Waiwaka upset 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 Wood.
The doubles 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.
 
Hooker Pacific 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, 6-0.
The doubles were shared, while Rotokare picked up three combines.  Okaiawa's combines win was Andrew Baylis and Beth McLeod defeating Kevin McLoughlin and Helena Goodin. 
 
Rotokare is 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.
 
 
Wilson Trophy
Inglewood 10 Huatoki 6, Matapu 10 Manaia 6, Oakura defeated Okaiawa by default
 
Sumpter Trophy
Waitara 9 Huatoki 7, Matapu 12 Waiwaka 4, Oakura 13 Manaia 3
 
Points
Soffe Cup
Rotokare 71, Manaia 56, Pukekura 55, Huatoki 49, Waiwaka 41, Stratford/Midhirst 28, Okaiawa 18
Wilson Trophy
Oakura 66, Matapu 57, Manaia  51, Inglewood 39, Okaiawa 24, Huatoki 23
Sumpter Trophy
Team Hawera 70, Oakura 61, Waitara 60, Huatoki 33, Waiwaka 32, Manaia 31, Matapu 31