Manaia prove too good for Huatoki

Last updated 05:00 12/11/2012
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JONATHAN CAMERON
Manaia's Cameron Koch plays a shot during his game against Huatoki.

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Manaia didn't have too many problems against a Huatoki side missing their top two women winning their Soffe Cup interclub tennis match 12-4 in New Plymouth on Saturday.

Huatoki's No 2 woman Lorraine Heerdegen and debutant Hikaru Han at No 3 both had long three setters against higher ranked opponents, before losing to Maree Gopperth and Sarah Kelly respectively.

Sandfords Manaia's top player, Nicole Koch, had no problems against Chris Wilson winning 6-1 6-1, while Manaia's Trudy Vince had a surprise 7-5 6-0 win over the experienced Saori Han.

On the men's side, Manaia's Jordan Fleming and Cameron Koch showed why they are currently ranked one and two in Taranaki, easily dispatching Huatoki's top two men - Andrew Sangster and Chris Popata.

Manaia's Michael Gates at No 3 blunted Alastair Nairn's power, with his consistency, winning 6-3 6-3, while Beauden Fleming at No 4 was easily beaten by Huatoki's Murray Keast. Keast went on to win his doubles with Popata and combined with Hikaru Han to give some respectability to the final match score.

Icon Sports Tariki Pukekura easily accounted for a depleted Central Finance Rotokare side 14-2.

Whizz kid Louise Waite at No 1 was untroubled in her match for Icons Sports Tariki Pukekura, beating Frances Gray 6-0 6-0, while it was business as usual for Kirsten Adam in her 6-1 6-1 win over Beccie Atkins.

Linda Reid had some early problems against hard-hitting Michelle Atkins, finally prevailing 6-4 6-1, while Donna Thorne was taken to the wire by Rotokare's Juliet Farquhar before winning in three sets.

In the men's singles, Pukekura No 1 Callum Old was too consistent for Rotokare's Malcolm Elder, winning 6-2 6-1. Mike Fleming got the better of Kyle Crowley, while Chris Jury at No 3 was too solid for Greg Hareb.

At No 4, Pukekura's Jamie Simpson countered Shane Devlin's big serve to win 6-1 6-3.

Rotokare's wins were a tough three setter in the men's bottom doubles and a top combines win.

Oakura won a close contest 9-7 against Okaiawa at Okaiawa. After being 8-4 up after the singles and doubles, Hareb Deken Oakura could have been excused for thinking they had the match in the bag.

Farmlands Okaiawa siblings Vincent and Jamie Baylis came back from 8-3 down to snatch a thrilling 9-8 victory over Len Adamson and Chris Davies in the No 3 combines to give their team a chance. But the fourth combines went to Oakura's Craig Waite and Miana Walden to seal the win.

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