2 Jul 2012 – Peter de Boer's New Zealand representative side finished 5th at the World Men's Curling Championship in April this year. They were unbeaten through pool play at the NZ Championships over the weekend, and hot favourites as they went onto the ice for the final.
But the current NZ Senior Men's champion side of Hans Frauenlob, most of them 2006 Winter Olympians, had other ideas as they lined up in Naseby on Sunday afternoon.
Team de Boer could not find the form that saw them cruise through the qualifiers. Their opponents though had been steadily improving following two early losses, and were making virtually everything in the most important game of the weekend.
As the 9th end started de Boer was 4-6 behind and in trouble. His side had finally picked their game up and were looking to build a big end, but the senior side were on fire and managed to restrict de Boer to 2 shots. The sides started the last end level at 6-6, Frauenlob having the last stone advantage.
After the first of the skips' stones had been delivered Peter de Boer had shot stone at the top of the four-foot behind cover. A superb long raise-takeout from Frauenlob removed it, and when de Boer put it back he could only half-bury it.
Unflustered as always, Frauenlob coolly slid his hammer stone past the quard, tapped the de Boer shot out to the side and despite the best efforts of Sean Becker to sweep Frauenlob's rock out, enough of it remained to bite the house and take the deciding point. Hans Frauenlob, Dan Mustapic, Lorne DePape and Pat Cooney were 2012 the NZ Men's Curling Champions.
Bridget Becker, Brydie Donald, Marisa Jones and Natalie Thurlow had a clean slate through the Women's double round robin and started favorites. They faced Chelsea Farley's Sweeping Beauties, winners of the NZ Under-21 title the previous weekend, and who were buoyed by just a last-stone loss to Team Becker in one of their qualifiers.
The Becker side were well in control at 6-2 after seven ends and were looking at a big steal in the eighth to wrap the game up. Thivya Jeyeranjan throwing last rocks for Team Farley was facing four counters with her last stone, but managed a superb draw to the edge of the button to secure shot and keep her side in the hunt.
Her team responded with a steal in the ninth to narrow the gap further and were sitting with the two more they needed to tie the game up in the last end. Bridget Becker kept her nerve with a hit to restrict Farley to one, and to secure a 6-5 win for her side.
Kieran Ford's young side had a narrow win against John Campbell in their last qualifying game against John Campbell to finish on the same 4-2 win-loss record as Hans Frauenlob, but it was Frauenlob that qualified for the final on the basis of their better draw shot record.
Ford and Campbell met again in the bronze medal match, but this time the result was reversed when Ford was heavy with a draw to the four-foot circle with his hammer stone.
|1||(5-2)||Hans Frauenlob, Dan Mustapic, Lorne DePape, Pat Cooney|
|2||(6-1)||Peter de Boer, Sean Becker, Scott Becker, Kenny Thomson|
|3||(4-3)||John Campbell, Murray Petherick, Martin Olund, Luke Steele|
|4||(4-3)||Kieran Ford, Brett Sargon, Keswick Pearson, David Weyer|
|5||(2-4)||Rupert Jones, Warren Dobson, Phil Dowling, Dan Thurlow|
|6||(2-4)||Charlie McLeod, Ash Beattie, Richard van der Lem, Tim Miller|
|7||(2-4)||Al Langille, Iain Craig, Dylan Ford, Ian Ford|
|8||(1-5)||Peter Becker, Richard Morgan, Nelson Ede, John Sanders|
|1||(5-0)||Bridget Becker, Brydie Donald, Marisa Jones, Natalie Thurlow|
|2||(2-3)||Chelsea Farley, Thivya Jeyaranjan, Tessa Farley, Kelsi Heath, Tash Whyte|
|3||(0-4)||Wendy Becker, Liz Matthews, Eleanor Adviento, Helen Greer|