4 Dec 2010
The final Pre-Christmas round will see Sanfords Manaia host Tariki Icon Sports Pukekura, AWE Huatoki at home to Central Finance Rotokare, and Stumble Inn Waiwaka at home to Hareb Deken Oakura.
Stumble Inn Waiwaka and Hareb Deken Oakura meet in New Plymouth on Saturday. The first round result between these two ended 9-7 in favour of Waiwaka; both teams will be strengthened from that early point in the season, however yet there will be very little difference between each other when they meet again this weekend.
The No. 1 men's match will be between Waiwaka's David Lace and Graham Mitchell. The last meeting, Mitchell didnít concede a game against his opponent. E xpect a closer result this time round but Mitchell to reign supreme again. The No. 2 match will see Mike Lace against Oakura's Josh Walden. Lace will be starting favourite due to his match hardened time on court, but Walden will be beginning to hit his straps so will cause many headaches for Lace. The remaining mens matches will be fought out between Tei Walden against Michael Goulding, and Jamie Hareb and Michael Lloyd. To the womens singles and the No.1 match between Waiwaka's Krystal Oakes and Sue Oldfield will be edging towards the Oakura camp. Michelle Lace will be favoured to win against Oakura's No.2 Miaana Walden based on recent form. The remaining women's matches will be played between Nicki Martin against Becky Bruckner, and Jaydn Bruce against Louise Brankin, with Waiwaka favoured in both.
Sanfords Manaia ushers in the latest challengers to its champion's title to South Taranaki when they face Tariki Icon Sports Pukekura on Saturday. Pukekura overtook Rotokare in second position on the ladder last weekend thanks to a big win over Huatoki, and hence is hitting top gear in its season. Indications between these sides from last round suggest it could be a tight one- ending in an 8-8 draw. However Manaia was severely under strength that day through a number of absences of its top men, playing away from home.
The No.1 mens match is between Jordan Fleming and Callum Old. Old has been in superb touch over the first half of the season rising to every formidable challenge at the top, however Fleming will pose his biggest challenge of the season; one which Fleming will be favoured to win.
The No.2 match will be Cameron Koch against Tony Radich. Koch's powerful groundstrokes will be a difficult arsenal for the counter-puncher Radich to absorb and return with interest.
The remaining mens matches will be played between Jacob Gopperth against Dennis Reid and Michael Gates against Thomas Brown.
To the womens singles, Manaia No.1 Nicole Koch will play Linda Reid with Koch favoured to continue her unbeaten season. The No. 2 match will be Manaia's Sarah Kelly against Kirsten Adam. This has the makings of a very close game- they have never played each other before and it will inevitably take a few games to figure each others games out. Although Kelly plays exceedingly well at home Adam may have the slight edge due to her growing experience in big matches. The remaining women's matches will be between Maree Gopperth against Donna Thorne and Grace Kelly against Jeanette Harding.
AWE Huatoki plays Central Finance Rotokare at the Huatoki courts on Saturday.
The No1 mens singles match will be between Chris Popata and Ben Pollard. This should be a really high quality match which could go either way. The No. 2 match will be Huatoki's Amrit Rai up against Blair Crowley. Rai will be favoured having won the same encounter last season. The remaining mens matches will be David Geange against Malcolm Elder, and Ajeet Rai against Kyle Crowley.
In the womens singles Huatoki No.1 Alice Caskey returns this weekend to play Karen Cranston. The last meeting went the way of Cranston 6-4 6-3. The No. 2 match is between Chris Wilson and Tania L'Ami with L'Ami favoured. The remaining matches are Diane Carswell against Rebecca Atkins and Sophie Robertson against Frances Gray.