Big weekend for tennis in Taranaki | Tech Rasta

There is Soffe Cup club tennis and representative matches in Taranaki this weekend.  (file photo)

There is Soffe Cup club tennis and representative matches in Taranaki this weekend. (file photo)

A thrilling weekend of tennis lies ahead in Taranaki with the Soffe Cup on Saturday and Taranaki’s senior representative team taking on Whanganui on Sunday in Stratford.

In the Soffe Cup, Stratford will host Rotokare at the TET Multisport Center and it is likely that Rotokare will field their best players to retain their place at the top of the points table.

Callum Old is eager to play against Will Roberts, having been unable to wrap up victory by playing him match point in a tournament last month.

Okaiawa is also a strong contender to be the leader after this weekend, only one point behind Rotokare on the table.

However, it won’t be an easy task as they face Pukekura at home, a side that proved to be very strong having only lost to Rotokare last weekend after a sets countdown. If both teams present their best players, we can expect a tight result.

Huatoki plays at home against Waiwaka. Last week they had a short day interrupted by rain and the team are now ready to play their best to demonstrate that they deserve a place in the semi-finals.

If Joe Laurence is available, the women’s line will be much stronger to face the women of Waiwaka who are very confident after the remarkable results against Okaiawa in the last round.

The Clash of Representatives will be played at the TET Multisport Center in Stratford from 9.30am.

Taranaki’s team trained regularly, preparing to compete against other regions.

The men are expected to line up with Will Roberts, Hamish Mead, Amrit Rai, Blair Crowley, Callum Old, Tomi Avery and Mark Laurence.

The women are expected to be Emma Roberts, Jorja Symes, Tenzin Joe, Derryn Fleming, Abby Ross, Lili Lay and Nicole Kowalewski.

Crowley, the team captain, said the region has a good group of motivated players who are serious about bringing home the silverware.

“We haven’t had the best results over the past few years, but this year has a different vibe and I think it will be a good year for Taranaki Tennis.”

For Taranaki, a win will be key to gaining confidence for any challenges ahead this season, including playing the Christie Cup against Eastern in January, Manawatū in February and the Hexangular in Wellington in March.

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