3 November 2007
Oakura nearly pulled off a major upset by drawing 8-8 with defending champs,
AWE Huatoki at Oakura on Saturday.
It was tight
throughout the day with five matches decided by third set tiebreakers.
Huatoki won three of those.
Huatoki led 5-3
after the singles. In the men, No 1 Jonathan Ussher won 7-5 6-4
against former top Taranaki player, Steve Novak; No 3 Jordan Stayt had a
good win against John Hardie Boys and Amrit Rai won in three sets against
Horry Hubbard. Oakura's No 2, Josh Walden, beat Roy Gaskin 6-3 6-0.
In the women's
singles, honours were shared. Huatoki's No 1 and 3, Saori Han and
Chris Wilson, had easy wins against Leah Fletcher and Miaanna Walden.
Oakura's No 2 Becky Bruckner won a three setter against Janice Taylor and No
4 Jill Barron won 6-4 6-3 against Megan Walsh.
doubles, the scores were locked at 6-6, with Oakura picking up three out of
four. Oakura won both men's matches in close games. Novak and
Walden had a 7-5 6-4 win over Ussher and Rai, while Hardie Boys and Hubbard
beat Gaskin and Stayt 7-6 4-6 7-6. Huatoki's top women's pairing, Han
and Wilson, had a three set win over Fletcher and Bruckner and Oakura's
pairing of Walden and Barron also had a three set win over Taylor and Walsh.
The mixed doubles were shared 2 -2 with Oakura winning the No 3 and 4 easily
and Huatoki winning both the No 1 and No 4 matches 9-7.
Pukekura continued its winning way with a 12-4 win against McDonald Real
Estate Matapu at home. Pukekura were without their No 1 and No 3 women
Linda Reid and Kirsten Adam. Donna Thorne took over at No 1, defeating
Helen Kelly 6-1 6-2. Matapu won the rest of the women's singles.
No 2 Carolyn Koch won in a third set tiebreaker over Jeanette Harding;
Michelle Furness beat Carole Medway 6-3 7-5 and Anne Bridges was not
troubled in her defeat of Tania Fleming 6-16-3.
all the men's singles easily. No 1 Michael Fleming beat Tom Luxton 6-2
6-0, No 2 Meto Snegirev beat Blair Crowley 6-2 6-2, No 3 Dennis Reid beat
Brent Perrett 6-1 6-1 and Paul Simpson beat Nigel Corbett 6-1 6-0.
Matapu only picked up one further match, the No 2 women's doubles.
Furness and Bridges beat Medway and Fleming 6-3 6-3. Pukekura has a 14
point lead on the points table but has a bye next week.
between Sandfords Manaia and Waiwaka/Midhirst/Stratford at Midhirst was
Rotokare had the bye.
Huatoki (2 ) 0, Oakura 10 Huatoki (1) 6, Okaiawa 13 McDonald Real Estate
Matapu 3, Okaiawa (2) bye
Kaponga 4, Manaia (2) 10 Rotokare 6, Stratford 12 Manaia 4
Pukekura 41, Central Finance Rotokare 27, Matapu 23, AWE Huatoki 21, Oakura
19, Waiwaka/Stratford/Midhirst 17,Sandfords Manaia 14
Oakura 26, Okaiawa (2) 15, Okaiawa (1) 15, Huatoki (1) 9, McDonald Real
Estate Matapu 6, Huatoki (2) 4