Outright victories elusive
Two of the three Soffe Cup interclub tennis matches in Taranaki ended in draws on Saturday.
Huatoki took Pukekura to the wire in a tough 8-8 draw, while Okaiawa snatched a valuable draw against Rotokare.
With five three-setters during the day, the Huatoki- Pukekura match could have gone either way.
AWE Huatoki's Alice Caskey, back after competing at the national secondary schools' track and field championships, took the top spot for her team against Kirsten Adam. Caskey had to battle hard to win 6-4 6-3.
Evergreen Linda Reid, for Icons Sports Tariki, showed her experience after dropping the first set, to take the next two against Huatoki's Sophie Robertson.
Pukekura's Donna Thorne was too strong for Huatoki youngster Ellen O'Byrne, while Huatoki's Julie Foley, at No 4, had to dig deep in a marathon three-setter to beat Jeanette Harding.
Huatoki's No 1 Amrit Rai never got out of top gear as he beat Callum Old in straight sets, while Pukekura's Mike Fleming was back to his best with a clinical win over Chris Popata.
Pukekura's Chris Jury easily accounted for Alastair Nairn and Jamie Simpson was too strong for Murray Keast.
Huatoki won both men's doubles in tiebreakers, while the women's doubles were shared, as were the combines.
Central Finance Rotokare can thank their women for their draw with Okaiawa.
Karen Cranston was too good for Amelia Weir; Frances Gray beat Jo Gyde; Michelle Atkins shaded Jamie Baylis; and Juliet Farquhar had an easy win over Shannon O'Brien.
In contrast, Okaiawa won all the men's singles.
With the doubles and combines shared, Rotokare were lucky to escape with a draw.
In the other match, Sandfords Manaia beat Hareb Deken Oakura 13-3.
Results: Page 18
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