29 Mar 2014 – 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.
There was no shortage of talent in the pools, as four members of the 2013 NZ Men's side lined up in Pool A with their respective playing partners. Peter de Boer and Jessica Smith shared a 4-1 win-loss record with Scott Becker and Tom Pendreigh to top the rankings, but it was de Boer and Smith's win against the latter side that decided the final positions in the pool.
The decisive match in the other pool was the Beckers' 9-7 win over Dave Greer and Nelson Ede, handing the latter pair their only defeat.