12 Oct 2008 – The National selectors were impressed with the high standard of curling on display at the recent 2008 NZ Secondary Schools championship said Darren Carson, President of the NZ Curling Association.
Auckland's Epsom Girls Grammar Team Farley and local favourites Maniototo Area School won the Girls and Boys section of this event, held at Naseby on 9-11 October.
The Boys final saw Maniototo and Auckland's Massey High School tied up at 3-3 with three ends to play before two big scores saw Maniototo extend out to a 10-5 win. Team Farley looked to be cruising at 7-1 after five ends of the Girls final before a huge 5 from top qualifiers Baradene College saw them get back to within one. EGGS Farley dug deep with a 4 to win 11-7.
In the Girls playoff for 3rd and 4th EGGS Ku comfortably beat EGGS Kwon 11-1. The Boys 3rd / 4th match was much closer with Alexandra's Dunstan High School heading off Kelston Boys High School Red 6-3
The semi-finals saw Massey lead all the way to beat Dunstan 8-6, while Maniototo eased out over the second half of their game against Kelston Red to win 7-3.
Earlier, Otago Boys High School 1 took the playoff for 5th and 6th from Kelston Boys Blue 9-2, and in an all-Dunedin game for 7th and 8th John McGlashan College beat Otago Boys 2 by the same score.
At the conclusion of the event the selectors named the tournament teams:
- Boys – Sam Miller, Tim McMillan, Willy Miller, Liam Dowling, Keswick Pearson
- Girls – Lee-ande Hill, Florence Ng, Monica Stone, Katherine Yip, Emily Whelan
They commented that it was a very exciting time for all players and that a number were unlucky to miss out. Those not named will be able to use these tournament teams to gauge where they are at in the future. All in all, it was a very enjoyable tournament to watch, and the players got a lot out of it. It was the first time for some of them on dedicated curling ice and they handled it well.