World Bronze for NZ Senior Men

WSCC 2015 Men's Bronze medallists NZL

26 Apr 2015 – New Zealand won just its third World Curling Championship medal overnight with a bronze to the Kiwi men at the 2015 World Senior Curling Championships in Sochi, Russia.

Hans Frauenlob and his team of Dan Mustapic (third), Lorne DePape (second), Iain Craig (lead) and Dave Watt (alternate) shrugged off a semi-final loss against eventual winners USA to beat Denmark 6-4 in the playoff for third.

 World Mixed Doubles Championship 

 World Senior Championships

The Kiwis lost their opening game of the tournament to Denmark in a tight 5-4 tussle but then won six straight to finish runners-up in Pool B to the Danes.

That qualified the side for a quarter-final against Switzerland, a game in which neither side gained the upper hand at any stage. With the scores locked at 4-4 after the regulation eight ends, NZ scored a single point with the last stone of the extra end to earn a semifinal against the unbeaten USA.

USA opened this game strongly, scoring three in the first end. Frauenlob's side answered with two, but that was as good as it got for the Kiwis. USA scored in the next three ends, and the sides shook hands after 6 ends with the Americans recording a 9-4 victory and earning a shot at the gold medal against Canada – which they won by the same score.

Bronze Medal game

New Zealand's bronze medal match was a rematch of their opening game against Denmark.

Team Denmark congratulate NZ after the match. All photos © WCF Céline Stucki & Alina Pavlyuchik

The turning point for NZ was a score of three points in the sixth end. A triple take-out from third Dan Mustapic at a crucial point in the next then helped NZ earn their eventual 6-4 victory. For 2006 Olympians Frauenlob, Mustapic and DePape this was their second World Championship medal – they took silver in this event in 2013.

After the game, New Zealand skip Hans Frauenlob said: "It's fantastic to come away from a World Championship with a medal. We're obviously disappointed to lose the semi this morning but I was really pleased with how the guys came back this afternoon, a really solid game."

More generally, he spoke for all the athletes when he said: "The week in Sochi has been amazing. We didn't know what to expect but the facilities have been amazing, the organisation has been fantastic, and the hospitality has been brilliant – we've had a great time here."

Senior Women

Glenys Taylor and Christine Bewick

Wendy Becker and her side of Liz Matthews (third), Glenys Taylor (second) and Christine Bewick (lead) finshed their pool games with a two win - three loss record.

This put them in a three-way tie for the third and final qualifying spot.

However with just one round of tiebreakers, only two teams could progress. The Kiwis had the inferior average draw shot distance, so it was Italy and England who played the tiebreaker.

Italy won this and continued all the way through to the final, where they were beaten by Canada for the gold medal.

The USA women beat Sweden in the bronze medal match.

World Mixed Doubles

Dan Mustapic had a busy week, partnering Marisa Jones in the first outing for either of them at the World Mixed Doubles Championship.

NZL v Brazil
Marisa Jones in action vs Brazil

They finished 7th in their pool win a 2 win - 7 loss record so did not progress to the playoff rounds.

The Hungarian pair of Zoltan Kiss and Dorottya Palancsa won the event for the second time in three years, with Sweden taking silver. Norway headed off Canada for the bronze.

After the tournament, the WCF's World Mixed Doubles ranking were updated. New Zealand's ranking sits at 15th. A decision on whether the Mixed Doubles discipline will be included in the 2018 Winter Olympic program is expected in June.

The 2016 World Mixed Doubles and World Seniors Championships will be held in Kalstad, Sweden from 16 to 23 April.


Gallery – NZ at World Mixed Doubles


Gallery – NZ at World Seniors