NZ miss playoffs at World Mixed Doubles

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Bridget Becker, New Zealand v Slovakia. Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

28 Apr 2017 – New Zealand's Mixed Doubles team of Bridget Becker and Scott Becker knew that their quest to qualify for the playoffs at the World Championships, and so put themselves in the frame for Olympic qualification, would not be easy.

A top-three finish in their pool would depend on a strong start as they knew they would face tough opponents, Russia and Switzerland, in their last two pool games at the event in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. However they found themselves on the back foot from the outset.

"Not the start we are after with two losses at this Worlds," said Scott Becker after their first two games against Slovenia and Spain.

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"Some bad ice reads and sloppy shot-making hurt us early in each game."

Kiwi spirits lifted after a solid win against Romania.

"We feel really good, a win is always a good thing to have and I'm happy we finally have one," said Bridget Becker afterwards. "We've been a bit slow to start and we haven't really fired yet, so that was nice we both played well and it came together."

Another win followed, this time against Slovakia. But NZ were unable to maintain the streak and lost their final two games, finishing with a 2-4 win-loss record and missing out on the playoffs.

"Unfortunately it wasn't a good run for us with too many games starting slowly and missed opportunities which can't happen at this level," Scott Becker reflected. "However as always it has been a pleasure to be competing here, and makes me love the game even more. Great competition and great people!"

The medal games will be played on Satuday 29 April (Sunday 30th NZ time).