Australia got a jump start and then used its experience to beat China 9-6 to win the men's curling gold medal on Saturday.

The Australian team of Steve Johns, John Theriault, Hugh Millikin (skip) and Ian Palangio upset the pre-event favourite in the final at the Maniototo International Curling Rink.

Read the full Otago Daily Times article here.

The curling finals at the 100% Pure NZ Winter Games are shaping up to be a huge contest between world-class teams on Saturday. In the men’s competition, Australia and China go head-to head for gold, and Korea and Japan will battle it out for bronze. In the women’s final, Japan is up against world champion China for gold, and Korea and New Zealand are playing for bronze.

Read more: Major contest predicted for finals

Click link to see 3News video clipWhile it has been a tough sporting week for Australia, the country’s curlers were hoping to score some sporting redemption in Naseby.

After a week of slip-ups, the Aussies were aiming for a smooth finish on the ice at the Winter Games in Central Otago.

See the full article and video clip on 3news.co.nz

Robust competition in the men’s curling has forced a tiebreaker match for fourth position in the semi-finals at the indoor Maniototo Curing International rink. China and USA went into the round with three wins and three losses each behind Korea, Japan and Australia who each had five wins and one loss. Both China and USA won their respective games resulting in the need for the tiebreaker.

Read more: Robust competition forces Men's tiebreaker
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