8 February 2006

Hooker Pacific Pukekura have their first home game of the second round tomorrow when they play Stratford.  In the first round Pukekura won 9-7 but will probably increase that margin on the astroturf courts, a surface they are more familiar with than the grass of Stratford.  Pukekura's top player,  Zac Wills will play Gavin Phelan, Tony Radich will play Bruce Cleland, Ben Aves will play Grant Kite and Meto Snegirev will play Hasley Lobb.  Pukekura should win the top  three matches while Stratford could win the No 4 match.
Pukekura's women should repeat their record of the first round and win all their singles matches to set up the win. 
The experienced Linda Reid, Donna Thorne, Kirsten Adam should not have any trouble against Kylie Jury, Tracey Zimmerman and Min Zimmerman while the No 4 match between Jeanette Harding and Debbie Jury could go either way.
 
Sandfords Manaia lost 12-4 to Accent on Curtains Waiwaka in the first round but they were without their top player Jason Mills and Alaister Murdoch was playing on an injury.  It looks like Manaia will reverse the result.
Mills should  beat Aaron Hine but Waiwaka's No 2 Chris Popata should beat Cameron Koch. Jordan Stayt will play Alaister Murdoch and David Geange will play Michael Gates. Manaia may pick up those matches. 
In the women's matches, Manaia is likely to win all their matches. Nicole Koch, Alesha Ford, Cindy Death and Abby Death should be too good for Nicki Martin, Clare Fairey, Jaydyn Bruce and Glenda Frost.
 
Midhirst will probably be too good for Kaponga, having beaten them 12-4 in the first round. Although there will be different line-ups, the result should be similar.  The top men's matches are between Midhirst's Jono Ussher and Len Adamson and Chris Brown and Kyle Crowley while in the women's Lyn Stanners will play and Maree Jones will play Shelley Childs. All are expected to go Midhirst's way.