|Ben Smith and Anton Hood, NZ v Switzerland. Photo © WCF / Richard Gray|
24 Feb 2019 – New Zealand's Junior Men's Curling side achieved their major goal at their first-ever World Championship, which has just concluded in Liverpool, Nova Scotia.
Their four wins saw them finish in sixth place overall, allowing them to automatically re-qualify for next year's event and avoid the World Junior "B" qualifier.
This is by far the best result for any New Zealand Junior side and could herald a step change for New Zealand curling.
Although their sixth-place finish was guaranteed before their last game against Canada, the team were still keen for a good performance.