|Bailey Dowling delivers with Hunter Walker on the broom. Photo © NZ Curling / Jo Dowling|
18 Jul 2017 – Although conflicting events meant there were just two teams competing for the NZ Junior Men's Curling Championship this year, there was still a tense competition. Defending titleholders Simon Neilson, Matthew Neilson and Ben Smith, with Anton Hood, were level with their challengers after the regulation eight ends in the first of a best-of-three decider.
They held hammer in the extra end and used that last stone advantage to good effect, scoring the single point they needed to secure a 5-4 win.
Their opponents Hamish Walker, Hunter Walker, Bailey Dowling and Jayden Bishop pushed them all the way in the second match too, but again fell agonisingly short.
Team Neilson scored two in the final end to record a 7-6 victory and defend their title.
The Women's Championship was decided as soon as entries closed. Jessica Smith, Holly Thompson, Emma Sutherland and Eloise Pointon gained the title as the only team to enter, but they did at least get on the ice with a non-competition game against each of the two Men's teams.
For Smith, Thompson and Sutherland it was their second title within a week; they won the Open Women's Championship with Bridget Becker the previous weekend.