2016 NZ Mixed Doubles champions Bridget and Scott Becker
2016 NZ Mixed Doubles champions Bridget and Scott Becker. Photo © Ian Ford / NZCA

14 Aug 2016 – The final of the New Zealand Mixed Doubles Championship in Naseby this weekend was fought out between two pairs of local siblings, and in the end it was experience that won the day.

Bridget and Scott Becker scored a dramatic last shot 9-8 win over the junior pairing of Jessica and Ben Smith to retain the title they won last year.

Team Becker trailed by two going into the final end, and when Bridget Becker came to throw the last stone of the match they held just one shot. Their only other stone in the house was sitting as an outside corner freeze on one of their opponents', who narrowly held both the second and third-best shots.

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Becker’s hit on her own frozen stone was a candidate for shot of the weekend. It removed one opposition rock and then rolled just inside the line of the other to score the three they needed for the title.

Bronze went to Eleanor Adviento and Brett Sargon, who suffered their only loss of the tournament to Team Becker in the semi-finals. They broke the shackles against Holly Thompson and Josh Fogo with a three-pointer in the seventh end to win 7-5.

The Plate competition was won by Chelsea Farley and Ryan Lewis. Waverley Taylor and Dan Mustapic found some late form in the Plate 3rd/4th playoff, scoring the only maximum 6 point end of the weekend as they went on to win their match.

Semi-Finals

The championship semi-finals earlier in the day could not have been closer. Both finalists reached the gold medal game after stealing the extra end of their respective matches.

Team Becker did not hold the lead at any stage through the regulation eight ends against Adviento and Sargon, but they did bring the scores back to level at 4-4 in the fourth end and 8-8 in the last. They then controlled the path to the button superbly in the extra end, leaving Eleanor Adviento to attempt a double runback with her last stone which just slid wide.

Team Smith held an early 3-1 lead against Thompson and Fogo before the latter pair reeled off three successive steals through the middle of the match to lead 6-3. A deuce in the seventh to the Smith siblings was followed by a steal in the eighth, and they followed it up by stealing the extra to win 7-6.

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Four teams unbeaten after Mixed Doubles Day 1

Brett Sargon and Eleanor Adviento, Day 1 of NZ Mixed Doubles
Brett Sargon and Eleanor Adviento, Day 1 of 2016 NZ Mixed Doubles. Photo © Ian Ford / NZCA

12 Aug 2016 – Two teams in each pool have a perfect 2-from-2 record after the first day of he NZ Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in Naseby.

Pool A is headed by the brother / sister pairings of Bridget and Scott Becker, and Jessica and Ben Smith.

Eleanor Adviento / Brett Sargon and Eloise Pointon / Kieran Ford sit at the top of Pool B.

All ten teams entered are still in with a chance to make the playoff rounds after another two full rounds on Saturday.

The top qualifier from each pool will qualify directly for the semi-finals, while the second and third placed teams will meet in crossover quarter-finals on Saturday evening.



Semi-Finalists Decided

Holly Thompson and Josh Fogo, Day 2 of NZ Mixed Doubles
Holly Thompson and Josh Fogo, Day 2 of 2016 NZ Mixed Doubles. Photo © Ian Ford / NZCA

13 Aug 2016 – The semi-final lineup has been confirmed after the second day's play at the 2016 New Zealand Mixed Doubles Championship in Naseby.

One semi-final will feature the two NZ sides from last year's Audi Quattro Winter Games NZ – Bridget Becker and Scott Becker will take on Eleanor Adviento and Brett Sargon

Four local junior curlers will contest the other semi when Jessica Smith and Ben Smith play Holly Thompson and Josh Fogo.

Earlier in the day the Smith siblings defeated the Beckers in their round robin clash to top Pool A and earn direct entry to the semi-finals, with a 4 point haul in the fifth end being the difference between the sides. The Adviento / Sargon duo went undefeated through Pool B to qualify for the other semi-final.

The second and third placegetters in each pool played crossover quarter-finals on Saturday evening. The Beckers were pressured throughout before they headed another young Maniototo side of Courtney Smith and Anton Hood 7-3, while Thompson and Fogo impressed in beating Kieran Ford and Eloise Pointon 9-1.

The Championship semi-finals will start at MCI Naseby at 9:00am on Sunday 14th, alongside a plate semi-final. The medal rounds get under way at 12:30pm.



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