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NZ teams announced for Winter Games PDF Print E-mail
Bridget Becker 2013
Bridget Becker at the Audi quattro
Winter Games NZ 2013. Photo: NZCA

29 Jul 2015 – New Zealand Curling has confirmed the two national pairings to compete in the elite Mixed Doubles competition at the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015.

Bridget Becker, who has played in the three previous games, will partner her brother Scott in one team. The other New Zealand side is the Auckland pair of Eleanor Adviento and Brett Sargon.

Teams from Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, China, Finland, Japan, Korea and USA are all confirmed for the Games. The recent inclusion of the Mixed Doubles discipline to the curling events for the 2018 Winter Olympics has heightened international interest in the tournament.

Blackstone Hill win Bonspiel PDF Print E-mail
2015 Bonspiel
Photo: Lottie Hedley

Naseby, 18 July 2015 – Blackstone Hill won New Zealand's 2015 Bonspiel to claim the Snuff Box trophy for the 10th time since 1890. Their two rinks (teams) won 7 of 8 games over the two day event, the same number as Ranfurly. However the honours went to Blackstone Hill on a countback of points scored, with their 179 points just heading off Ranfurly's 168.

This tenth win brings Blackstone Hill level with Cambrian as the club with most victories. Cambrian last won the event 60 years ago .

This special event on New Zealand's sporting and cultural calendar was held on Naseby's Centennial Ponds in Naseby, Central Otago on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 July.

Youth and Experience for World Mixed Champs PDF Print E-mail
Berne, Switzerland
Berne, Switzerland – host city of the
2015 World Mixed Championship

8 Jul 2015 – New Zealand Curling's selectors have chosen a combination of youth and experience in the national side to compete at the first World Mixed Curling Championship later this year.

Experience comes in the form of the side's skip Dave Watt, who skipped the winning team at the NZ Mixed Curling Championship in June, and won bronze with the NZ Senior Men's side two months earlier at the World Senior Championships in Sochi, Russia.

The other three players selected are all in their early 20s, but are not lacking in experience either.

Breakthrough win for Women's Champions PDF Print E-mail
2015 NZ Women's champions
L-R: Eleanor Adviento, Thivya Jeyaranjan, Chelsea Farley and Tessa Farley

6 Jul 2015 – The New Zealand Curling Championships in Naseby last weekend featured a breakthrough win for the new Women's champions, and an eighth title since 2005 for winning Men's skip Sean Becker.

After taking silver in four of the last five years, Chelsea Farley and her team of Thivya Jeyaranjan, Tessa Farley and Eleanor Adviento struck gold to earn their first New Zealand Curling Championship title.

They went undefeated through the tournament, and cleared out to win an all-Auckland final 11-2 from Liz Matthews, Waverley Taylor, Glenys Taylor and Emily Whelan.

The Men's competition was much tighter before Sean Becker, Scott Becker, Tom Pendreigh and Warren Dobson edged out Peter de Boer, Warren Kearney, Iain Craig and Phil Dowling 6-4 in a tight final.

World-class Canadian and US teams sign up for Winter Games NZ 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Team USA at 2015 WMDCC
USA's Korey Dropkin and Sarah Anderson at the 2015 World Championship. Photo: WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

23 Jun 2015 – World-class Canadian and American Mixed Doubles curling teams will compete for the first time at the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015, raising the elite competition at Naseby's Maniototo Curling international rink to a new level and creating even more focus for the event, following its inclusion in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Korea.

The recent decision by the International Olympic Committee to debut Curling Mixed Doubles at the PyeongChang Olympics is a game-changer for the sport and the New Zealand Curling Association and Winter Games NZ are excited at the announcement which comes on the eve of the Games.

Naseby Training Camp - 7/8 July PDF Print E-mail
MCI Training Camp

23 Jun 2015 – The New Zealand Curling Association has confirmed details of the Training Camp at the MCI rink in Naseby on Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 July. This is the week between the NZ Open Championships in Naseby (2-5 July) and the NZ Under-21 Championships in Dunedin (10-12 July).

Although the camp is primarily targeted at young curlers, any curler who wishes to attend will be more than welcome.

IOC Mixed Doubles boost for Winter Games NZ PDF Print E-mail
Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015

10 Jun 2015 – New Zealand’s curlers are delighted to learn that the International Olympic Committee has confirmed the addition of Mixed Doubles Curling to the Winter Olympic programme for the 2018 Games at PyeongChang in Korea.

As an added bonus, the IOC announcement comes at an ideal time for the upcoming Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015.

“This is wonderful news for the sport of curling in general, and for New Zealand Curling in particular,” said Sam Inder, Chairman of the New Zealand Curling Association. “Mixed Doubles will be the third curling event to become a Winter Olympic sport, and its inclusion is due recognition that curling is now the fastest growing winter sport in the world.”

2015 NZ Mixed Fours PDF Print E-mail
2015 NZ Mixed Fours champions
2015 NZ Mixed Fours champions

5 June 2015 – Dave Watt, Thivya Jeyaranjan, Garion Long and Waverley Taylor claimed the first national title of 2015 when they won the NZ Mixed Fours Curling Championship at Paradice Avondale during Queen's Birthday Weekend.

They went through the tournament undefeated, winning all three of their pool games on the Sunday. Defending champion Iain Craig and his side were runners-up in the group, beaten only by the eventual winners.

World Bronze for NZ Senior Men PDF Print E-mail
WSCC 2015 Men's Bronze medallists NZL

26 Apr 2015 – New Zealand won just its third World Curling Championship medal overnight with a bronze to the Kiwi men at the 2015 World Senior Curling Championships in Sochi, Russia.

Hans Frauenlob and his team of Dan Mustapic (third), Lorne DePape (second), Iain Craig (lead) and Dave Watt (alternate) shrugged off a semi-final loss against eventual winners USA to beat Denmark 6-4 in the playoff for third.

A Curling Rink for Auckland PDF Print E-mail
Read the full feasibility study

15 Mar 2015 – Auckland Curling needs your help to make a submission to Council's 10 Year Plan for a curling rink in our city to become a reality. We need a place to build.

Submissions close at 4pm this Monday 16 March. Read more below to see how to make a submission.

A feasibility study into a combined ice and indoor sports complex on Auckland's North Shore has just been completed. This report was largely funded by an Auckland Council grant to Auckland Curling, acting on behalf of the Harbour Ice and Indoor Sports Stadium group.

The report identifies a way for Auckland Curling to establish a dedicated curling rink in the city with minimum capital outlay, working in conjunction with Council and WCF.

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