Longs and Frew win NZ Mixed

Garion Long (top) and Kieran Ford in the 2020 NZ Mixed CC final
Garion Long watches as Kieran Ford calls line in the final. Photo © NZCA

9 Jul 2020 – Garion Long, Rebecca Long and Benjamin Frew won a tense final of the NZ Mixed Championship at Paradice Avondale last weekend.

They stole singles through the first four ends of the final against Brett Sargon, Chelsea Farley and Kieran Ford to lead 4-0 at the break. On ice that all teams had trouble reading, the roles were reversed over the next three ends to level the scores coming home.

Ford's last-stone attempt at a double-raise to claim shot missed by millimetres, so the winners had the title 5-4 without needing to throw their final stone.

Six teams in two pools contested the event, with each side playing the teams from the other section.

Teams Sasha Goloborodko (3 wins) and Brett Sargon (2 wins) topped Pool A, with Sargon taking their semi-final 5-0.

Team Iain Craig topped Pool B with a win and a draw. Team Long headed Team Robert Giles on DSC to take the second qualifying spot, and then won the semi-final to earn their entry to the final.