NZ Curling Championships
Brett Sargon's stone about to be swept by Kenny Thomson and Phil Dowling. Photo © Rob Potter / NZCA

11 Jul 2016 – Teams Peter de Boer and Chelsea Farley went undefeated through the competition to secure the gold medals at the 2016 NZ Curling Championships last weekend.

In the Women’s final, Chelsea Farley, Thivya Jeyaranjan Tessa Farley and Eleanor Adviento had a 10-2 win over Jessica Smith, Holly Thompson, Waverley Taylor and Bridget Becker.

Peter de Boer, Brett Sargon, Kenny Thomson and Phil Dowling – all current or former NZ representatives – beat the under-21 side of Matthew Neilson, Simon Neilson, Ben Smith and Dylan Boulton-Voice 7-3 in the Men's final.

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The other junior side of Hamish Walker, Josh Fogo, Anton Hood and Hunter Walker secured the bronze medal with a convincing 10-1 win over Ian Ford, Reid Zingel, Robert Giles and Jonah Tan.


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Junior curlers shine at National Championships

9 Jul 2016 – The two youngest men’s sides this weekend are among the semi-finalists at the NZ Curling Championships in Naseby this weekend. The Under-21 teams skipped by Matthew Neilson and Hamish Walker finished second and third in the round robin, so will play each other in one semi-final.

The other semi-final will be contested between Team Peter de Boer, who won all five of their matches, and Auckland’s Robert Giles.

In the Women’s double round robin, Chelsea Farley’s 2015 National side were undefeated to finish as top qualifier for the Final. They will play Jessica Smith, Courtney Smith and Waverley Taylor.

The Men’s semi-finals will start at 8:30 am tomorrow (Sunday) at the Maniototo Curling International rink. The medal games get under way at 12:30 pm.



2016 National Championships to begin

6 Jul 2016 – The National Championships start tomorrow at Naseby's Maniototo Curling International rink in Central Otago. Ten teams are competing in the four day competition, with the Men's and Women's finals to be played on Sunday.

A High Performance camp for the new Olympic discipline Mixed Doubles will follow immediately afterwards, and then a further two-day Open Training Camp later in the week. The final event on this month's program is the National Junior Championships in Dunedin on Friday 15th to Sunday 17th July.

This week's New Zealand Championships will be the first National Championship to be played since the World Curling Federation Sweeping Summit held in May.

This event brought together world class curlers, high performance experts, administrators and equipment manufacturers to conduct testing and research into the unusual and over-effective impact of sweeping reported during the previous year.

The Sweeping Summit made unanimous recommendations to the WCF on fabrics, broom head construction and use of brooms by players during a game.

However, these recommendations will not officially take effect at Naseby this week. "They have yet to be formally adopted by World Curling, although we expect that they will be," said NZ Curling Chairman Sam Inder.

"And practically speaking, the new broom heads have only just starting to come onto the international market in very limited quantities in the last few days," he added. "None have yet made their way here."

"But from the feedback we've seen, New Zealand curlers are very supportive of the proposed changes. We expect that the spirit of the summit will be honoured at our Championships as much as possible."


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