7 December 2008

Soffe Cup holders Central Finance Rotokare are back in the lead after a convincing 11-5 win over previous leaders Hareb Deken Motors Oakura in interclub tennis at Rotokare on Saturday.
Although Rotokare were without No 1 Catherine Stevenson, they still won two women's singles with No 1 Kelly Toa beating Leah Fletcher 6/2,6/2 and Kelly's mother, No 4 Oki Toa beating Louise Brankin 7/5,7/5.
Rotokare won three men's singles with No 2 Chris Popata having an easy win over John Hardie Boys 6/1,6/1,  No 3 Mark Atkins (who did not play last season) beating Len Adamson 7/5,6/4 and No 4 Blair Crowley beating Tei Walden 6/3,6/3.  Oakura were without No 3 man Aaron Hine and No 1 and 3 women, Alesha Ford and Sue Oldfield.  Their No 1 Josh Walden had a tight three set win over Taranaki No 1 Ben Pollard, 7/5,5/7,7/6 and their other singles wins were from No 2 and 3 Becky Bruckner and Miaana Walden who defeated Alison Chamberlain and Beccie Atkins.  Rotokare showed their superiority in the doubles winning both men's matches and the top women's match.  At 8-4 going into the mixed doubles, the home team only had to win one match to win the tie and they won three.
Sandfords Manaia moved into second place with a big 14-2 win over Hawera at Hawera. Manaia's No 1 Cameron Koch dropped the first set in the tiebreaker to fellow rep player Neil McCann and then won the next one 6/1 and the decisive tiebreaker.  Manaia won all the singles matches, No 3 Helen Johnston also had a three set match against Erin Annabell.  No 4 Cindy Death has been out with a wrist injury for a couple of seasons and returned in style defeating Sandra Gates 6/1,6/1.  Hawera's top doubles pairing of McCann and Conrad Heron defeated Koch and Jordan Fleming in three sets and Heron teamed up with MaryEllen Annabell to beat Fleming and Ginny Death 9/5.
Hooker Pacific Pukekura beat McDonald Real Estate Matapu 11-5 at Matapu. They were leading 6-2 after the singles with all but the top man and woman winning. The men's No 2, 3 and 4,  Dennis Reid, Meto Snegirev and Callum Old beat Kyle Crowley, Jason Hurley and Simon Bourke while the women's No 2, 3 and 4, Donna Thorne and Jeanette Harding had easy wins over Jen White, Carolyn Koch and Ann Bridges. 
Matapu's David White beat Tony Radich 6/1,6/0 while Krystal Oakes had a good three set win over Linda Reid.  Both men's doubles were close with Matapu's White and Crowley taking out the top match against Radich and Reid and Pukekura the No 2 match; Snegirev and Old won in three sets over Hurley and Bourke.  The women's doubles matches were shared and Pukekura took out three mixed doubles.
White made it three out of three by teaming up with his sister Jen to defeat Radich and Thorne 9/4.
AWE Huatoki had its first win of the season with a 15-1 demolition of Lockwood Design and Build Okaiawa at Huatoki.  Most matches were easy wins. The exception was in the singles, No 2 Megan O'Donnell won 10/8 in the third set super tiebreaker over Beth McLeod while No 3 man Quin Rosa beat Ryan Stockman 7/6,6/4.  In the top doubles match, Jonno Ussher and Rosa won in three sets over Vincent Baylis and Mark Laurence.  Okaiawa's solitary win was in the no 4 mixed doubles, where Andrew Baylis and Beth McLeod beat Stuart Nairn and O'Donnell 9/8.  The win takes Huatoki from 7th to 5th place.
Results from Saturday
Wilson Trophy
Stratford 9 Oakura 7, Huatoki 8 Okaiawa 8, Ecolab Manaia 16 Matapu 0
Sumpter Trophy
Hawera 10 Stratford 6, Inglewood 15 Huatoki 1, Rotokare 10 Coastal (45) 6, Waitara 10 Manaia 6
Soffe Cup
Central Finance Rotokare 83, Sandfords Manaia 80, Hareb Deken Oakura 76, Hooker Pacific Pukekura 65.5, AWE Huatoki 46, McDonald Real Estate Matapu 38, Hawera 35, Okaiawa 8.5
Wilson Trophy
Manaia 70, Waiwaka 51, Stratford 43, Oakura 30, Huatoki 28, Okaiawa 28, Matapu 20
Sumpter Trophy
Waitara 64, Inglewood 56.5, Rotokare 51.5, Manaia 40.5, Stratford 40, Hawera 37.5, Huatoki 33, Coastal (45) 32