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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
Team Craig
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.

2015 Pacific-Asia Juniors for Naseby PDF Print E-mail
The Curler at MCI
"The Curler" will greet the Pacific-Asia
Junior teams at MCI in January

19 June 2014 – The World Curling Federation has scheduled the Pacific-Asia Junior Curling Championships for 17-24 January 2015 at Naseby's Maniototo Curling International rink.

The championship is open to one men's and one women's team from each nation in the Pacific-Asia Zone – Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, Kazakhstan, Korea, Japan, Mongolia and New Zealand.

The men's and women's gold medallists in Naseby will qualify for the World Junior Curling Championships to be held in Tallinn, Estonia from 28 February to 8 March 2015.

Korea won the inaugural men's Pacific Junior Curling Championship (as it was then) in 2005, and China have won the 9 gold medals since then. Japan have won 5 of the 10 women's championships, China 4, and Korea recorded their first victory earlier this year.

Mixed Fours three-peat for Team Craig PDF Print E-mail
Team Craig
Team Craig

Iain Craig and his team made it three in a row when they won the NZ Mixed Fours Curling Championship at Auckland's Paradice rink on Queen's Birthday. The side of Craig, Tash Dallow, Josh Dallow and Holly Gosse were undefeated in winning the first national title of the 2014 season.

They recorded a comfortable 8-2 win in the gold medal match against the 2011 winners Liz Matthews, Kenny Williamson, Pauline Farra and Ian Ford.

WCF Newsletter PDF Print E-mail

WCF logoThe May World Curling Federation newsletter from President Kate Caithness covers World Curling's news, tournament, progress and updates from the last few months.

The newsletter also features New Zealand's recent WCF Olympic Celebration Tour featuring Cheryl Bernard and Terry Meek, and a round-up of post-Olympic activities from other countries.

Wins hard to come by in Dumfries PDF Print E-mail
Waverley Taylor and Kenny Thomson
Waverley Taylor and Kenny Thomson

New Zealand curlers found wins hard to come by at the recent 2014 World Mixed Doubles and World Senior Championships in Dumfries, Scotland.

The Mixed Doubles side of Kenny Thomson and Waverley Taylor won two of their seven pool games to finish 6th in their pool and 21st of the record 34 nations competing.

They were not helped by Waverley Taylor having to play the full tournament with a heavily strapped ankle after she badly sprained it while travelling to Scotland.

Experience triumphs at MCI Doubles PDF Print E-mail
Peter and Wendy Becker
Peter and Wendy Becker

Experienced triumphed at the MCI Open Doubles, the opening event of the 2014 New Zealand curling season last weekend. Peter and Wendy Becker went through their pool undefeated, and then won a tight final 6-5 against Peter de Boer and Jessica Smith.

Speaking the day after their win Peter said, "Yes, we had a pretty good run and a bit of luck. But most of the talk this morning has been the aches and pains and tiredness!"

For the Beckers this was an ideal warm-up for their respective World Senior Championships in April, where Peter will skip the NZ Men's side while Wendy will play with the Women's team. And it adds to a full mantelpiece, after Peter's team for Scotland won not only the 2013 NZ Senior Men's title but the Open championship as well.

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