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Back-to-back NZ School titles for OGHS PDF Print E-mail
2015 Girls champions OGHS
2015 Girls champions Otago Girls High School. L-R: Michelle Bong, Diana Yeritsyan, Emma Sutherland, Mhairi-Bronté Duncan, Heloise Fitzpatrick

29 Sep 2015 – The Otago Girls High School curling team of Emma Sutherland, Mhairi-Bronté Duncan, Heloise Fitzpatrick, Diana Yeritsyan and Michelle Bong backed up their 2014 NZ Secondary Schools Curling Championship title with a 9-6 win in the final of this year's event in Auckland

Silver went to the novice Epsom Girls Grammar side of Renee Zhang, Toshiko Frederiksens, Sanchita Vyas and Shreya Raniga, the top qualifiers after a 3-1 win-loss record in the round robin.

OGHS had completed the round robin with the same 2-2 record as EGGS Sophie and Maniototo Area School, but qualified for the final by virtue of a marginally superior average draw shot distance. Their 144.5 cm was only just ahead of the 144.8 cm recorded by the EGGS team.

NZ team upbeat after World Mixed Champs PDF Print E-mail
2015 WMxCC
Photo © WCF / Céline Stucki

21 Sep 2015 – The New Zealand side of Dave Watt, Thivya Jeyaranjan, Kieran Ford and Waverley Taylor did not reach the standard they had hoped for at this month's inaugural World Mixed Curling Championship in Berne, Switzerland.

They won three of their eight pool games to finish 6th in their nine team group and 22nd overall in the field of 36 international sides.

They were far from despondent though after the tournament.

Team Frauenlob back up Seniors win PDF Print E-mail
2015 NZ Senior Men's champions
L-R: Iain Craig, Lorne DePape, Dan Mustapic, Hans Frauenlob. Photo: Gillian Craig / NZCA

14 Sep 2015 – Hans Frauenlob and his team of Dan Mustapic, Lorne DePape and Iain Craig defended their 2014 NZ Senior Men's title when they won gold at the 2015 Championship in Naseby last weekend.

The 2015 World Senior Men's bronze medallists beat last year's runners up Peter Becker, Richard Morgan, Nelson Ede and John Sanders 9-4 in Sunday's final.

YOG and Junior teams confirmed PDF Print E-mail
NZ 2016 YOG Curling team
L-R: Matthew Neilson, Holly Thompson, Ben Smith, Courtney Smith. Photo: Dianna Whyte / NZCA

7 Sep 2015 – New Zealand Curling has nominated four athletes and two non-travelling reserves for February's Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway.

The selected curlers are Matthew Neilson, Holly Thompson, Ben Smith and Courtney Smith, all from Maniototo Area School in Central Otago. The two reserves are Eloise Pointon (Auckland) and Hamish Walker (Central Otago). These nominations are still to be ratified by the NZOC.

The podium - Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Audi quattro Winter Games NZ medallists
L-R: Silver medallists Sarah Anderson and Korey Dropkin (USA), Gold medallists Charley Thomas and Kalynn Park (Canada 1) and Bronze medallists Pauli Jäämies and Katja Kiiskinen (Finland) after the Mixed Doubles Finals at the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015. (Photo by Neil Kerr/Getty Images)
Canada claim Winter Games gold PDF Print E-mail
Canada 1

27 Aug 2015 – Canada 1 beat USA 5-4 in a thrilling final to win the gold medal in the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015 Mixed Doubles Curling Tournament in Naseby, New Zealand today.

The USA took home the silver medal, and Finland won the bronze medal game 7-4 over Japan.

Finals Day Action PDF Print E-mail

The final day of the Games' Mixed Doubles Tournament - semifinals, medal games and the closing ceremony

Posted by New Zealand Curling on Thursday, 27 August 2015
Study evaluates Games becoming annual event PDF Print E-mail
Winter Games NZ may become annual event
Photo: Getty Images

Wanaka, 27 Aug 2015 – Audi quattro Winter Games NZ could be held annually from 2017 if a business case study commissioned by Sport New Zealand stacks up for the internationally ranked winter sports event to change its status as a biennial fixture.

Chairman of Audi quattro Winter Games NZ Sir Eion Edgar said there is significant interest in the Games, which feature alpine and adaptive skiing, freeskiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and curling, being held every year.

Fifth Mixed Doubles title for Bridget Becker PDF Print E-mail
2015 NZ Mixed Doubles champions
2015 NZ Mixed Doubles champions
Scott Becker and Bridget Becker

3 Aug 2015 – Bridget Becker and brother Scott were clear winners of the 2015 New Zealand Mixed Doubles championship last weekend, dropping just one game through the tournament.

This was Bridget's 5th national Mixed Doubles title, having won four of the five between 2007 and 2011 with older brother Sean. Scott interrupted their winning sequence in 2008 when he partnered Brydie Donald.

Thirteen teams entered the triple-life tournament, and the Becker duo swept the opening Pool A, winning the Pool A final 8-3 from Kelsi Heath and Kieran Ford.

Blackstone Hill win Bonspiel PDF Print E-mail
2015 Bonspiel
Photo: Lottie Hedley

Naseby, 18 July 2015 – Blackstone Hill won New Zealand's 2015 Bonspiel to claim the Snuff Box trophy for the 10th time since 1890. Their two rinks (teams) won 7 of 8 games over the two day event, the same number as Ranfurly. However the honours went to Blackstone Hill on a countback of points scored, with their 179 points just heading off Ranfurly's 168.

This tenth win brings Blackstone Hill level with Cambrian as the club with most victories. Cambrian last won the event 60 years ago .

This special event on New Zealand's sporting and cultural calendar was held on Naseby's Centennial Ponds in Naseby, Central Otago on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 July.

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