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A Stunning Day - Curling at Altitude PDF Print E-mail
National Junior sides named PDF Print E-mail
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The New Zealand selectors have confirmed and announced the NZ Junior (Under-21) teams to contest the Pacific-Asia Junior Curling Championships in Naseby in January 2015. The teams are:

Junior Men: Simon Neilson, Luke Steele, Josh Fogo, Matthew Neilson, Josh Whyte (all Maniototo)
Junior Women:  Eleanor Adviento and Waverley Taylor (Auckland), Kelsi Heath (Dunedin), Jessica Smith and Holly Thompson (Maniototo)
Audi quattro Winter Games NZ welcomes Government support PDF Print E-mail
Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2013

8 Aug 2014 – Audi quattro Winter Games NZ today welcomed the announcement of Government support for the event until 2017, securing the world class winter sports competition for New Zealand and international athletes in the lead up to the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Internationally regarded as one of the world’s top five snow sports events, Audi quattro Winter Games NZ attracts the world’s elite winter sports athletes including multiple Olympic medalists, Paralympic medalists and world champions in free skiing, snowboarding, alpine skiing and curling.

Mixed Doubles gold for Mustapic and Jones PDF Print E-mail
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Mustapic and Jones met Peter Becker and Jessica Smith in Round 1

Dunedin's Dan Mustapic and Marisa Jones recorded a comprehensive win in the 2014 NZ Mixed Doubles Championship this weekend.

This was the first time they had played together in the event, and the first Mixed Doubles title for either. Dan Mustapic won silver in 2009 and 2010, while Rissy Jones claimed a bronze in 2011.

The triple knockout format saw the winners meet eventual silver medallists Bridget Becker and Scott Becker four times in total, with Mustapic and Jones winning three of these clashes.

2014 NZ Junior Championships PDF Print E-mail
Hamish Walker and Ben Smith
Hamish Walker and Ben Smith

Five teams contested the 2014 NZ Junior Curling Championships over the weekend – two Men's, two Women's, and a young mixed team who were not eligible for medals.

The teams played a full round robin, with additional Men's and Women's games to make up a best-of-three series to determine the respective titles.

Simon Neilson skipped his Maniototo Area School side of Joshua White, Matthew Neilson, Ben Smith and Hunter Walker to the Men's gold medal. The Women's event was won by Eleanor Adviento, Eloise Pointon, Elle Steele and Catherine Greer.

Bonspiel prospects on thin ice PDF Print E-mail
2012 Bonspiel

A mild winter means prospects of a National Bonspiel this season are not looking too promising, despite the current cold spell.

NZCA Executive member Ken Gillespie had his tongue firmly planted in his cheek though when he spoke to the Otago Daily Times' Lynda van Kempen about the potential for curling on Oturehua's Idaburn Dam any time soon.

2014 NZ Curling Championships PDF Print E-mail
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NZ Curling Champions 2014
Team Craig

Sean Becker won his 7th NZ Men's Championship when he skipped his side of Scott Becker, Rupert Jones and Brett Sargon through the National Championship undefeated at Naseby last weekend.

They beat Dan Mustapic's side 6-3 in the deciding match on Sunday morning to earn Becker his first title since 2011.

Wendy Becker successfully defended her 2013 Women's title, skipping Liz Matthews, Cass Becker and Kathy-Jo Dobson to a 9-8 win over Chelsea Farley's team.

Men's Championship

Six Men's teams contested the title, and Team Sean Becker was forced to earn its clean sheet through the round robin. They were taken to an extra end by Kenny Thomson in the opening game of the tournament, and then hung on for a one point win against Peter Becker in their second match.

Smoothies win McLarens PDF Print E-mail
Simons Smoothies
Simon's Smoothies

“Simon’s Smoothies” had the best possible lead-in to the National Junior championship with a clear win in the recent McLarens Tournament at MCI Naseby. Simon Neilson skipped brother Matthew, Ben Smith and Hunter Walker to 4 wins and so become the youngest team to claim the title.

Runners up with 3 wins were Peter’s Perfectionists (skip Peter Becker), while Rudd’s Rascals (skip Ken Gillespie) finished on 2 wins.

Naseby Training Camp - 15/16 July PDF Print E-mail

2011-camp-01The New Zealand Curling Association has confirmed details of the Training Camp at the MCI rink in Naseby on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 July. This is the week between the NZ Open Championships in Naseby (11-13 July) and the NZ Under-21 Championships in Dunedin (18-20 July).

Although the camp is primarily targeted at young curlers, any curler who wishes to attend will be more than welcome.

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