Andrew Powell did everything he could to try to drag his Okaiawa side into the Soffe Cup semifinals on Saturday.
The No 1 men's player won all his matches, including a three-set thriller over Callum Old, but it was in vain as his side eventually lost 10-6 to Pukekura to fall nine points short of making next weekend's playoffs.
Competition leaders Pukekura will host Oakura in one semifinal, while Huatoki will have home court advantage over defending champions Manaia in the other.
Pukekura's Chris Jury warmed up for the sudden death tie with a resounding 6-1 6-0 thumping of Okaiawa No 2 Mark Laurence.
In the women's top match, Okaiawa's Amelia Weir dropped the opening set 3-6 before fighting back to take the last two 7-6 6-4 over Kirsten Adam.
Manaia had a comfortable away win, thumping bottom-placed Rotokare 14-2.
Nicole Koch (Manaia) won the women's No 1 match 6-3 6-2 over Karen Cranston while Jordan Fleming and Cameron Koch won the top two men's matches over Malcolm Elder and Kyle Crowley respectively.
Huatoki continued their good form, beating Oakura 12-4.
Oakura's Graeme Mitchell got the tie off to a good start for his side when he defeated Ajeet Rai 6-3 6-3.
Huatoki grabbed the honours in the women's top match, with Alice Caskey beating Sue Oldfield 6-3 6-1.
- Taranaki Daily News
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