Pukekura class above Rotokare

Last updated 08:14 04/02/2013
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ANDY JACKSON
Rotokare's Frances Gray.

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Pukekura whitewashed Rotokare 16-0 in the feature Soffe Cup interclub match on Saturday.

It was tough day for Rotokare against a full-strength Pukekura side at the Pukekura courts in New Plymouth.

However, the home side's top women's player, Louise Waite, had to dig deep to fend off experienced Karen Cranston 5-7 6-2 6-4, while Kirsten Adam had to battle hard for a 6-0 7-5 win over Frances Gray.

Linda Reid had some problems early against hard-hitting Beccie Atkins, finally prevailing 7-5 6-2, while Donna Thorne had a comfortable ride past Helena Goodin 6-3 6-2.

In the men's competition, Pukekura's No 1 Callum Old was too consistent for Rotokare's Malcolm Elder with an easy 6-1 6-4 win.

Rotokare captain Shane Devlin was out of his depth against Mike Fleming, losing 6-0 6-0, while Chris Jury and Jamie Simpson hardly raised a sweat against young Cole Hareb and Laurie Jordan.

Pukekura were just as ruthless in the doubles and combines.

In other matches, Huatoki cruised to a 12-4 win over a second-string Manaia side 12-4 and Okaiawa eased past Oakura 10-6.

Manaia, missing a number of players attending the rugby sevens in Wellington, struggled from the start. Amrit and Ajeet Rai were a class above their respective opponents - Manaia's Michael Gates and Beauden Fleming, with wins to the New Plymouth side in the other two men's matches.

Huatoki's Alice Caskey breezed past Sarah Kelly in the top women's match, while the other three games went Manaia's way.

Manaia's bottom women's doubles saved what was an almost clean sweep by Huatoki in the doubles and combines.

With both Okaiawa and Oakura missing key players, it was a case of who had the best depth and Okaiawa came through in the end.

In the top men's singles, Graeme Mitchell edged out Andrew Powell, while in the top women's match Sue Oldfield beat Amelia Weir.

The doubles were shared, with Okaiawa winning the mixed doubles 3-1 to seal the win.

Results: Page 14

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