3 Sep 2012 – Two months after skipping his side to an upset win over the defending champions at the NZ Men's championship, Hans Frauenlob has done it again.
The 2006 Olympian and his playing partner Natalie Thurlow won the 2012 NZ Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in the weekend, beating 2011 winners Bridget Becker and Sean Becker 7-5 in a tight final.
The Becker siblings, World silver medallists in 2010 and 4-time winners of the NZ title, made Frauenlob and Thurlow fight hard for their win. The lead changed hands five times throughout the eight end game.
Both sides earned their places in the title game after tough semi-finals. The Beckers were behind early against the young Auckland pair of Kelsi Heath and Kieran Ford before coming through 6-4. With one end to play Frauenlob and Thurlow were tied with the Alexandra couple Carolyn and Pat Cooney, scoring a final double to take the match 7-5.
Ford and Heath went on to secure third place, winning the bronze medal match 9-2 against the Cooneys.
Chief Umpire Darren Carson was delighted by the high standard of play throughout the weekend. "It was fantastic to see the interest in the championship, with a record 15 teams entered," he said. "And it's also encouraging to see how many of the teams are young players, who turned a few heads". His sentiments were echoed by the other competitors.