Seniors win secures treble for Frauenlob

Hans Frauenlob
Hans Frauenlob

30 Sep 2012 – Three months ago Hans Frauenlob skipped his team to a win over the national side in the final of the NZ Open Men's Championship, and a month ago he teamed up with Natalie Thurlow to win the NZ Mixed Doubles title.

Last weekend Frauenlob's side of Lorne DePape, Al Langille and Pat Cooney successfully defended their national Senior Men's title. This secured a unique treble in New Zealand Curling history for the 2006 Winter Olympian.

They faced some stern competition on the way to their second championship. Dan Mustapic and his side of Charlie McLeod, John Campbell and Neville Phillips beat Frauenlob in the round robin and lined up against him in the final.

Mustapic, an Olympic teammate of Frauenlob and DePape in Turin, kept his opponent in check throughout a tense match. The defending champions started the last end one down, but with crucial last stone advantage. Frauenlob used that to perfection, a trademark shot to come around a guard and tap back a Mustapic stone just far enough to secure the win.

Peter Becker's Central Otago side won the Men's bronze medal match.

The Women's Final was a best-of-five North vs South series. Otago's defending champion four of Wendy Becker, Christine Diack, Carolyn Cooney and Helen Greer faced the Auckland challengers Liz Matthews, Glenys Taylor, Pauline Farra and Christine Bewick.

The northerners won the first two matches before Becker kept the series alive in the third match on Saturday afternoon. However Matthews sealed the series with a good 10-5 victory on Sunday morning.

In the next week or so the national selectors will confirm the NZ teams to play at the World Senior Curling Championships in Canada, scheduled for April 2013.