4 December 2008

Soffe Cup interclub tennis resumes tomorrow after a break last week because of the Christie Cup match.  The feature match is the match at Rotokare between the two unbeaten sides, competition leaders, Hareb Deken Oakura and second placed Central Finance Rotokare who are only 1 point behind.  The likely top match ups are between Oakura's No 1 Josh Walden and Rotokare's Ben Pollard and Oakura's No 2 John Hardie Boys and Chris Popata. In the women's matches, Oakura's Alesha Ford could face Kelly Toa with Rotokare's No 1 Catherine Stevenson unavailable.  In the No 2 match, Oakura's Sue Oldfield is likely to play Oki Toa or Alison Chamberlain.  Oakura looks to be the favourite due to the superior strength of their women.
Third placed Sandfords Manaia should have a comfortable win against fifth equal Hawera at Hawera's grasscourts.  Manaia have a very good men's line -up. In the top two matches, Manaia's Jason Mills or Jordan Fleming should play Neil McCann and Jordan Fleming or Cameron Koch should play Conrad Heron.  In the women's matches, Manaia's Nicole Koch will play Sheri De'ath and Irene Cruikshank will play Mary Ellen Annabell.
Fourth placed Hooker Pacific Pukekura travels to Matapu to play the McDonald's Real Estate sponsored side who are in fifth equal place.  The top matches are likely to be Pukekura's Dennis Reid against Jason Hurley and Tony Radich against Andy Roberts.  In the women's matches, Pukekura's Linda Reid will play Krystal Oakes and Donna Thorne will play Helen Kelly. Pukekura should come away with a win.
AWE Huatoki should get its first win against bottom of the table Lockwood Design and Build Okaiawa at Huatoki. Huatoki's No 1 Jono Ussher should beat Andrew Powell and Amrit Rai should have a close game against Vincent Baylis.  In the women's matches, Huatoki's Chris Wilson will play Joanne Gyde and Megan O'Donnell will play Megan Gyde and both Huatoki women should win.