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Line-up change for World Mixed Doubles PDF Print E-mail
Waverley Taylor and Kenny Thomson
Waverley Taylor and Kenny Thomson

New Zealand curling teams will be on the world stage again later in April, competing at the 2014 World Mixed Doubles and World Senior Championships being held concurrently in Dumfries, Scotland.

A change from the originally announced team for the Mixed Doubles has seen Waverley Taylor and Kenny Thomson replace Natalie Thurlow and Hans Frauenlob in Dumfries. Thurlow and Frauenlob placed 5th at this event in Canada last year, and then successfully defended their national title to get the nod from the selectors again. But the recent birth of Natalie Thurlow's first child has forced a change to her plans for the first half of 2014.

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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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Olympic Celebration Tour with Cheryl Bernard PDF Print E-mail

Cheryl BernardAuckland, Dunedin and Maniototo Curling ran a series of well-attended clinics in early March, hosted by 2010 Canadian skip Cheryl Bernard and her husband Terry Meek. Cheryl and her team won Olympic silver in Vancouver four years ago, while Terry is a leading coach and 2009 World Men's gold medallist.

The various sessions for club and media, public and schools were a part of the World Curling Federation's Olympic Celebration Tour. Very enthusiastic current and potential curlers attended, the latter enjoying a wonderful introduction to our sport.

Auckland Curling's Facebook page has plenty of pictures from the three sessions there.

 
NZ Rep Self-Nominations open PDF Print E-mail

pin nz_curlingThe New Zealand Curling Association invites self-nomination from all athletes who wish to be considered for selection to a National Curling team for the 2014-15 season.

Contenders must complete and return this form to NZCA Secretary Murray Petherick by Saturday 31 May 2014.

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2014 Sochi Winter Olympics PDF Print E-mail

2014 Sochi Olympic logoNew Zealand has no curling team competing in Sochi.

Countries qualify for the Olympics directly or indirectly via the Men's and Women's World Championships. The NZ Men's fifth place at the 2012 World Championships earned them 8 points but they did not qualify for the 2013 event, so finished ninth overall in the Olympic qualification table. The top seven secured an automatic place in the Sochi line-up with hosts Russia. The remaining places went to the top two teams at December's last-chance Olympic Qualifying Event where the Kiwis finished fifth.

The New Zealand Men's team have competed at one Winter Olympics, in Turin in 2006.

No NZ Women's side has qualified for a World Championship, so they have never had the opportunity to earn Olympic qualifying points.

 
WCF newsletter PDF Print E-mail

WCF logoThe February 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 the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics, as well as the upcoming World Championships for Juniors, Women, Men, Mixed Doubles and Seniors.

 
Olympic dream swept aside PDF Print E-mail
NZL v FRA
Photo: WCF / Richard Gray

16 Dec 2013 – Olympic dreams for New Zealand Curling teams will have to go on hold for another four years.

The national Men's side have come up short in their attempt at the last qualifying tournament in Fussen, Germany, to secure a place at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

Needing to win their last two round robin matches overnight and hope for a favourable result elsewhere, they obtained their first objective with a strong 8-4 win over France.

The Kiwis scored 3 in the fifth end to take a 5-3 lead at the break, and another score of 3 in the ninth end sealed the result.

New Zealand then came up against joint leaders the Czech Republic in their last round robin game.

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No Pacific-Asia medals from Shanghai PDF Print E-mail
Team NZL
Photo: CCA

20 Nov 2013 – The podium proved to be just out of reach for New Zealand's curlers at the 2013 Pacific-Asia Championships in Shanghai. Both the Men's and Women's sides reached the Bronze medal match, but were beaten by Korea and Japan respectively.

Despite the disappointing finish for the Kiwi sides, both skips took some positives from the tournament.

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