|New Zealand were beaten by Canada in the Mixed Doubles Round of 16. Photo © WCF / Richard Gray|
23 Apr 2016 – The run for New Zealand's Mixed Doubles and Senior Men came to an end early in the playoff rounds of their respective World Championships in Sweden.
Bridget and Scott Becker finished second in their Mixed Doubles pool with a 5-1 win-loss record. They then drew Canada in the Round of 16 (eighth-final) game, and were well beaten 12-2 by the Canadians, who barely missed a shot in the match.
With Olympic Qualifying points allocated down to 12th place they then had a B-side knockout match against Norway, and went down 8-3 to finish the event tied for 13th.
|World Mixed Doubles|
Russia won Mixed Doubles gold, ahead of China, USA and Scotland.
Hans Frauenlob, Dan Mustapic, Dave Watt, Iain Craig and Lorne DePape topped their Senior Men's pool with a perfect eight-from-eight record.
However their tournament ended abruptly against Ireland in the quarter-final.
With the Irish skip in red-hot form, the Kiwis lost 6-5 on the last stone of he game. They finished tied for 5th, behind Sweden, Canada, Ireland and Denmark.
Mixed Doubles, Senior Men qualify in Sweden
21 Apr 2016 – The New Zealand Mixed Doubles side of Bridget and Scott Becker, and the NZ Senior Men's team have both qualified for the playoff section of their respective World Championships in Sweden.
|Scott Becker and Bridget Becker celebrate a win in Karlstad. Photo © WCF / Richard Gray|
The Becker siblings lost their opening match to the USA early in the week, but then won five straight to finish second in their group.
They have had to tough out a number of their games, keeping the pressure on their opponents and forcing steals at critical moments.
Hans Frauenlob, Dan Mustapic, Dave Watt, Iain Craig and Lorne DePape are unbeaten after seven games in their Senior Men's pool, and are guaranteed a quarter-final with one round still to play.
Knockout rounds for both tournaments will start overnight Friday (New Zealand time). The opponents for the Kiwi sides will not be known until the preliminary rounds and any tiebreakers are completed.
For the Mixed Doubles sides, this tournament has extra significance. The top 12 of the 16 playoff sides will earn Olympic qualifying points for Pyeongchang 2018. The seven nations with the most points after next year's World Championship will join hosts Korea at the next Winter Olympics.
The NZ Senior Women have not enjoyed the same success in Karlstad. With one pool game still to play Liz Matthews, Glenys Taylor, Pauline Farra and Christine Bewick have a one win - five loss record.