|New faces in New Zealand teams|
|Written by NZ Curling Association|
|Tuesday, 20 July 2010 11:43|
The New Zealand Open and Senior Men's and Women's curling teams for the 2010/11 season were confirmed at a Special Meeting of the NZ Curling Association's Executive on Friday 16 July.
NZCA Chairman Robert Rutherford advised that the Executive supported and endorsed the decisions of the Selectors. The Convenor of National Selectors, Darren Carson, then announced the following teams:
Mr. Carson stated that there are certain players very unfortunate to have missed selection, especially in the Men’s Teams, but they are still considered in contention for future teams.
The next event for the Men's and Women's Open teams are the Pacific Curling Championships in South Korea in November. The Senior teams will travel to the World Senior Curling Championships in St Paul, Minnesota, USA next April.
The NZ Mixed Doubles and Junior teams will be announced soon after their respective National Championships in September and October respectively.
Most of the players named are well-established in their respective teams, but Kenny Thomson and Katie Bauer have been named in the national squads for the first time.
Kenny Thomson made an immediate impact when he and his team arrived at Auckland Curling Club 6 weeks into the 2008 season, shortly after his arrival from Scotland. He skipped the relatively inexperienced Auckland Rio Scottish Extras through the remainder of the round robin undefeated, and was unlucky to miss out on a semi-final berth.
In 2009 A.R.S.E. took out the honours, winning the Auckland Premier League final.
Thomson has been in the side that finished runners up to the Sean Becker team at the last two NZ Men's Curling Championships.
Katie Bauer skipped her Long Bay College Mixed team to a clean sweep of Auckland, North Island and New Zealand Secondary School titles last year, and to the Auckland and North Island titles in 2008. She also has both a New Zealand Under-21 and Auckland Under-21 title to her name, as well as an Auckland Mixed Doubles championship.
First named in the NZ Junior Women's side in 2008, she will be eligible for Under-21 competition for another 3 years.