3 Nov 2016
Week two of Soffe cup tennis sees Stratford host newcomers Pihama, Huatoki away to Rotokare and last week's winners Pukekura and Oakura facing off, with a bye to early leaders at the top of the table, Okaiawa/Manaia.
The Pihama v Stratford clash is somewhat difficult to call. Pihama's top two men Jordan Fleming and Jacob Gopperth return to Soffe Cup tennis after some years absent and are likely to be too strong for Bruce Cleland and Grant Kite. The rest of the matchups really could go either way with some newcomers to the competition that will no doubt mean other clubs will watch these matches with interest.
Another closely matched tie is likely between Huatoki and Rotokare. It would be a brave prediction to pick a winner in the top two men's matchups between Huatoki's 13 year old Jayden Harrison and Rotokare's Blair Crowley (27) or between Alistair Nairn and Kyle Crowley however the games are unlikely to disappoint. Kristian Revfiem is debuting in the No3 men's spot for Huatoki against the very experienced Shane Devlin with Jeremy Wichman meeting Buzz Campbell. Huatoki are fielding the same women's line-up as last week with Marcella Jones playing Tania Atkinson, Ellen O'Byrne v Chantelle Peters, Tracey Old against Brittaney Carr and Chris Wilson meeting Julie Foley for her first outing of the season. Huatoki will be hoping to turn the tide and secure some much needed points in these games however Rotokare's depth is likely to cause Huatoki some challenges.
The clash between Oakura and Pukekura sees Oakura fielding their strongest men's line-up of Jaime Simpson, Graeme Mitchell, Brady Simpson and Len Adamson. Jaime Simpson and Mitchell are likely to dominate Pukekura's David Barnard and Andrew Hood. Pukekura may well pull games back with Sacha Milentijevic-Vague at number four however at number three it will be a coach versus assistant coach duel between Pukekura's Mat Garnham and Oakura's Brady Simpson. Pukekura is fielding a top notch women's line up and it is difficult to see them losing any games with Louise Waite, Nikayla Barnard, Kirsten Adam and Linda Reid likely victors over Sue Oldfield, Bailey Bruckner, Ana Spurdle and Chris Davies. It will take some inventive doubles combinations if Oakura are to compete in the overall score line with only Oakura naming specialist doubles players this week with the injection of Becky Bruckner.