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14 Aug 2013 – Details for New Zealand's last chance to qualify for next year's Winter Olympic curling tournament have been confirmed. The OQE – Olympic Qualifying Event – will be held in Füssen, Germany from 10 to 15 December.

The New Zealand Men's side will face the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Korea and the USA, with the top two finishers securing the two remaining Olympic entries for Sochi, Russia.

Read more: Olympic Qualifying details confirmed

2013 NZ Mixed Doubles winners

7 Aug 2013 – 2012 NZ Mixed Doubles Curling champions Natalie Thurlow and Hans Frauenlob had to battle all the way before before emerging from last weekend's 2013 Championship with back-to-back titles.

The pair lost two of their five pool games to tie for second with last year's bronze medalists Kelsi Heath and Kieran Ford, but Thurlow and Frauenlob qualified for the semi-finals by virtue of their first round win over Heath and Ford. The new pairing of Kenny Thomson from the New Zealand Men's side and 19-year-old Aucklander Waverley Taylor topped the pool with a perfect five from five.

Read more: Back to back for Frauenlob and Thurlow

Peter de Boer
Peter de Boer

24 Aug 2013 – New Zealand skip Peter de Boer has set himself one goal this year – to qualify for the Winter Olympics in Russia.

New Zealand is one of the eight teams that will compete in the Olympic qualifying event in Fussen, Germany, in December. NZ will play the USA, Czech Republic, France, Japan, Germany, Finland and Korea for the two available places in the Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

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2013 NZ Under-21 Championships

22 Jul 2013 – Last week's Junior curling camp at the Maniototo curling International rink in Naseby was followed by the NZ Under-21 Curling Championships.

The Women's gold medal was won by Eleanor Adviento, Waverley Taylor, Brittany Taylor, Tessa Farley and Eloise Pointon. The Men's honours went to the hometown side of Andrew Scott, Simon Neilson, Josh Whyte, Rueben Pyle and Matthew Neilson.

Read more: Battle for Under-21 gold after camp

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15 Jul 2013 – Upsets and comebacks were the order of the first two days at the New Zealand Curling Championships in Dunedin this weekend.

NZ Senior Women's skip Wendy Becker led her team of Brydie Donald, Kelsi Heath and Kathy-Jo Dobson to a 9-1 win in the deciding game of their best-of-five final series. The silver medal went to the young Auckland four of Chelsea Farley, Thivya Jeyaranjan, Tessa Farley and Eleanor Adviento.

Read more: Seniors show how it's done at NZ Championships

2013 NZ Mixed Fours winners

5 Jul 2013 – Iain Craig and his side successfully defended their 2012 NZ Mixed Fours title when they won the 2013 Championship at the Paradice Avondale rink during Queen's Birthday weekend.

Craig, with Brianne Koning (replacing Tessa Farley from 2012), Josh Dallow and Holly Gosse, were undefeated through pool play – albeit only just on occasion. They became more fluent at the end of the tournament though, and were convincing winners of the gold medal game.

Read more: Team Craig retain Mixed Fours title

2013 Karuizawa

24 Apr 2013 – The build-up to December's Winter Olympics qualifier for the New Zealand Men's curling team started in Japan last weekend at the Karuizawa International Championship.

Skip Peter de Boer described their fourth placing as "a slightly disappointing finish as we had every chance of winning the event. However we had 7 games against strong opposition giving us plenty to work on over the coming months."

Read more: Karuizawa starts Olympic build-up

Team NZL
Senior Men's silver medalists Team New Zealand: Hans Frauenlob, Dan Mustapic, Lorne DePape,
Al Langille and Pat Cooney. Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

20 Apr 2013 – New Zealand curlers will bring home their first ever medal from a World Senior Championship.

The Senior Men's side of Hans Frauenlob, Dan Mustapic, Lorne DePape, Allan Langille and Pat Cooney have won the silver medal at the 2013 tournament in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.

Read more: World Silver for NZ Senior Men

11 Apr 2013 – The pathway to 2014 Winter Olympic qualification has been confirmed for the New Zealand Men's Curling team. They will compete at an 8-team Olympic Qualifying Event event in Füssen, Germany in December, and the top two nations from that event will earn the final two berths at Sochi next year.

Ten teams will compete at the Winter Olympics in Sochi next February. The Russian hosts are automatic entrants, as are the seven teams with the most qualifying points from the 2012 and just-completed 2013 World Men's championships - Canada, Sweden, Scotland (for Great Britain), Norway, Denmark, China and Switzerland.

Read more: Men's team confirmed for Olympic qualification

2013 NZ Junior Men
NZ Junior Men L-R: Liz Matthews (coach), Garion Long,
Luke Steele, Liam Dowling, Brett Sargon, Willie Miller

17 Jan 2013 – The New Zealand Junior Men's curling team will be returning home from the Pacific-Asia Championships with bronze medals, equalling the best-ever finish by a Kiwi side at this under-21 event. Their 5 win - 4 loss record included one win against Korea and two each against Japan and Australia.

But the Korean side eventually proved their undoing, beating the NZ side 7-3 in their semi-final. China went on to beat Korea for the gold medal.

Read more: Pacific-Asia bronze for Junior Men
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