NZ team upbeat after World Mixed Champs

2015 WMxCC
Photo © WCF / Céline Stucki

21 Sep 2015 – The New Zealand side of Dave Watt, Thivya Jeyaranjan, Kieran Ford and Waverley Taylor did not reach the standard they had hoped for at this month's inaugural World Mixed Curling Championship in Berne, Switzerland.

They won three of their eight pool games to finish 6th in their nine team group and 22nd overall in the field of 36 international sides.

They were far from despondent though after the tournament.

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"I think we can all agree that the cameraderie amongst all of the team has been phenomenal," said Kieran Ford, the side's second.

"We didn't perform as well as we would have liked against our opposition, but it has been a fantastic opportunity to learn about high performance curling."

"It's shown us that the biggest difference between ourselves and other countries was international exposure, other than just playing the Pacific-Asia sides once a year."

Norway beat Sweden 5-3 in the gold medal match, and China won the bronze 5-4 against Russia in an extra end.

A venue is still to be determined for the 2016 World Mixed Championship, tentatively scheduled for mid-October.


Earlier Article

Youth and Experience for World Mixed Champs

Berne, Switzerland
Berne, Switzerland – host city of the 2015 WMxCC

8 Jul 2015 – New Zealand Curling's selectors have chosen a combination of youth and experience in the national side to compete at the first World Mixed Curling Championship later this year.

Experience comes in the form of the side's skip Dave Watt, who skipped the winning team at the NZ Mixed Curling Championship in June, and won bronze with the NZ Senior Men's side two months earlier at the World Senior Championships in Sochi, Russia.

The other three players selected are all in their early 20s, but are not lacking in experience either.

Thivya Jeyaranjan is vice-skip of the national Women's side, Waverley Taylor is a current Women's and Junior Women's representative, and Kieran Ford was in the New Zealand Men's "A" side at the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2013.

"This is a very exciting team with the mix of both experience and youth," said Darren Carson, Chief Selector for NZ Curling. "They have the potential to do well in this inaugural tournament and to go a long way in the future."

Skip Dave Watt was also upbeat. "With the way my teammates deliver a rock, my confidence for this team is sky high," he said. "My goal in Switzerland is to have a winning record and make the playoffs. I believe we can do that."

Mixed Curling is for teams of two males and two females, where males and females must deliver alternately. It is distinct from Mixed Doubles, where teams are one male and one female.

The first World Mixed Curling Championship will be held 12-19 September 2015 in Berne, Switzerland.