Global Cooling stay on top in Auckland

3 Aug 2009 – The result was in doubt until the last stone, but Alex Bauer's Global Cooling side beat Granite 6-2 to remain at the top of the leaderboard halfway through Auckland Club league.

Just behind them on the table A.R.S.E. and Waikato Rockers had comfortable wins to remain two points behind, and Jacksons stole the last for a 7-6 triumph over Altitude to move into the top four for the first time this season.

Another 7-6 result went Icebergs way over Diamonds, while Thistles and Black Ice had comfortable wins, and Compass Box resisted a late fightback from CANZ.

The congestion on the leaderboard starts just outside the top four – three teams (Altitude, Granite and Diamonds) are in fifth equal place on 9 points, one behind Jacksons. Three more (Frosties, Thistles and Icebergs) are just a further point back. With only three points covering fifth to fourteenth in the league, plenty of teams will still fancy their end-of-season playoff chances.



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Congested leaderboard in Auckland

20 July 2009 – After seven of the 15 rounds in section play of the Auckland Curling Premier League the leaderboard is still congested near the top. There is just a two-point spread covering the teams ranked from second to eighth.

Last night's results at Paradice Avondale, mid-table Diamonds scored a comprehensive 7-2 win over joint front-runners Waikato Rockers to join the crowd near the top of the table. In the 1st vs 3rd clash Global Cooling took a 5 on the last end to beat Altitude 9-5, while the experience of Granite accounted for Frosties 6-3.

Icebergs strung two wins together, and Jacksons stole the last to edge out CANZ 8-7. A.R.S.E. were back to their best, and good wins were also recorded by Thistles and Sliders.



Form book out the window in Auckland

13 July 2009 – Results in the sixth round of the Auckland Club championship on Sunday 12 July showed little respect for reputation or table rankings. A number of middle and lower ranked sides had good wins against teams higher up the ladder.

Keswick Pearson (Frosties) and Brett Sargon (Black Ice) celebrated their selection in the Auckland Under-21 team by skipping their rinks to convincing wins over front-runners Curlers With Altitude and A.R.S.E. respectively. The ice was "interesting" – not uncommon in Auckland – but as always was the same for both sides, and there is no question that the underdogs deserved their victories.

The top of the leaderboard is still congested, as is to be expected early in the season. Waikato Rockers and Global Cooling lead with 10 points followed by Altitude on 9, while A.R.S.E. and Frosties have 8. Diamonds follow with 7 and rounding out the top half of the table are Sliders, Jacksons and Metro Jets on 6 points.

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