|NZ Curling Champions 2014|
13 Jul 2014 – Sean Becker won his 7th NZ Men's Championship when he skipped his side of Scott Becker, Rupert Jones and Brett Sargon through the National Championship undefeated at Naseby last weekend.
They beat Dan Mustapic's side 6-3 in the deciding match on Sunday morning to earn Becker his first title since 2011.
Wendy Becker successfully defended her 2013 Women's title, skipping Liz Matthews, Cass Becker and Kathy-Jo Dobson to a 9-8 win over Chelsea Farley's team.
Six Men's teams contested the title, and Team Sean Becker was forced to earn its clean sheet through the round robin. They were taken to an extra end by Kenny Thomson in the opening game of the tournament, and then hung on for a one point win against Peter Becker in their second match.
Runners up in the preliminary round were the teams of Dan Mustapic (with Lorne DePape, Iain Craig and Derek Jansen) and Kenny Thomson (with Peter de Boer, Warren Dobson and Phil Dowling). These two teams had already qualified for the single 2 v 3 semi-final before their final round clash, so when the scores were locked at 6-6 after the regulation eight ends they elected not to play an extra end to find a winner.
The result was much more decisive in the semi-final that followed immediately afterwards, with Mustapic scoring a big 5-point end early in the match en route to an 11-4 win.
Sean Becker started the best-of-three final series against Mustapic up 1-0, after their round robin win. Becker's 6-3 win on Sunday morning meant that the third match was not needed.
Three teams were entered in the Women's competition, and they were joined in a double round robin by a junior mixed side, given the opportunity by event organisers for some top-level competition. Results against the junior side were not used for ranking.
After the first round it was anybody's title, with the sides of Wendy Becker, Chelsea Farley and Bridget Becker recording a win and a loss each.
But when 7-time champion Bridget Becker was beaten by Farley 8-5 and then by Wendy Becker 7-4 in their second round matches, the latter two teams qualified for the final without needing to play their last preliminary match.
Wendy Becker looked to be in trouble in the one-off final, but stole the last two ends to defend her title and consign Chelsea Farley, Thivya Jeyaranjan, Tessa Farley and Eleanor Adviento to the silver medal.
|NZ Men's Champions 2014. L-R: Brett Sargon, Rupert Jones, Scott Becker, Sean Becker (skip).
Photo: Diana Whyte / MCI
|NZ Women's Champions 2014. L-R: Kathy-Jo Dobson, Wendy Becker (skip), Liz Matthews, Cass Becker.
Photo: Diana Whyte / MCI