2012 Pacific-Asia Curling Championships

25 Nov 2012 – It was China's day at the finals of the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships in Naseby today. Their defending champions in the the men's and women's competitions both won their gold medal matches.

Women's silver went to Japan, and the young Korean side took the bronze medal. Japan were also the men's silver medalists, while Australia won the bronze medal match.

Read more: Double Gold for China at PACCs

Hans Frauenlob
Hans Frauenlob

30 Sep 2012 – Three months ago Hans Frauenlob skipped his team to a win over the national side in the final of the NZ Open Men's Championship, and a month ago he teamed up with Natalie Thurlow to win the NZ Mixed Doubles title.

Last weekend Frauenlob's side of Lorne DePape, Al Langille and Pat Cooney successfully defended their national Senior Men's title. This secured a unique treble in New Zealand Curling history for the 2006 Winter Olympian.

They faced some stern competition on the way to their second championship. Dan Mustapic and his side of Charlie McLeod, John Campbell and Neville Phillips beat Frauenlob in the round robin and lined up against him in the final.

Read more: Seniors win secures treble for Frauenlob

19 Jul 2012 – The National Selectors have named the New Zealand National and Junior (Under-21) sides for the 2012 / 2013 season.

This was a much-anticipated announcement following the shock loss of the 2011/2 Men's team to the NZ Senior Men's side in the National Championships earlier in the month. The NZ Men had finished 5th at the World Men's Championship in Switzerland just 3 months earlier.

Read more: 2012 National sides named

2 Jul 2012 – Peter de Boer's New Zealand representative side finished 5th at the World Men's Curling Championship in April this year. They were unbeaten through pool play at the NZ Championships over the weekend, and hot favourites as they went onto the ice for the final.

But the current NZ Senior Men's champion side of Hans Frauenlob, most of them 2006 Winter Olympians, had other ideas as they lined up in Naseby on Sunday afternoon.

Read more: Seniors cause upset at National Championships

2012 NZ Mixed Fours champions
L-R: Winners Josh Dallow, Iain Craig, Tessa Farley, Holly Gosse

5 Jun 2012 – The first national title of the season has been decided.

Iain Craig and his team of Tessa Farley, Josh Dallow and Holly Gosse won the 2012 NZ Mixed Fours Championship in Auckland on Queen’s Birthday Weekend.

Team Craig beat the top qualifiers Kieran Ford, Eleanor Adviento, Brett Sargon and Kelsi Heath in an engaging final at the Paradice Avondale rink.

Read more: Team Craig win 2012 NZ Mixed Fours

29 Apr 2012 – Switzerland have continued their remarkable record at World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships. The Swiss team of Martin Rios and Nadine Lehmann beat Sweden's Per Noreen and Camilla Johansson 7-6 in the 2012 gold medal game to win their country's fourth championship title in the five year history of the event.

Claudia Toth and Christian Roth won the first ever WCF curling championship medal for Austria, winning the bronze medal game 12-7 against the USA pair Cristin and Brady Clark.

Earlier, New Zealand's Natalie Thurlow and John Campbell just failed to reach the playoff rounds, finishing fourth in their pool with 4 wins and 4 losses and 10th overall.

Read more: NZ 10th at 2012 Mixed Doubles

NZL v CAN
New Zealand 9, Canada 7

9 Apr 2012 – New Zealand's fifth place at the just-concluded World Men's Curling Championship 2012 has produced excellent results for our sport.

The 7 win - 4 loss record has secured some serious bragging rights – not the least of which were wins against all three medallists from the 2010 Winter Olympics, including inflicting the only loss suffered by the tournament-winning Canadians. Team New Zealand also came away with a flying start to their campaign to qualify for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

The World Curling Federation has confirmed the 2014 Winter Olympic qualifying points earned in Basel, Switzerland. This Championship and the 2013 event in Victoria, BC, Canada are the only two where nations can gain automatic qualification for Sochi 2014.

Read more: Flying start to 2014 Olympic campaign

NZ Women vs Korea
NZ Women vs hosts Korea. Photo © Korea Curling Assn

3 Feb 2012 – Japan won the Women's gold at the 2012 Pacific-Asia Junior Curling Championships at the Hwasan Ice Rink in Jeonju, South Korea on Thursday beating Korea 3-2 in the final. The Chinese Men had a 3-2 win over their Korean hosts in their gold medal match.

The New Zealand Junior Men and Women both finished 4th in the Double Round Robin and did not qualify for the medal rounds.

The winners are not only crowned 2012 Pacific-Asia Junior Curling Champions, but they also secure the World Curling Federation Pacific-Asia places at the 2012 World Junior Curling Championships which will take place in Östersund, Sweden from 3-11 March.

Read more: Pacific-Asia Junior gold to Japan, China

NZL Men, Silver medalists
NZ Men's silver medal has earned them entry to the 2012 World Men's Championship

27 Nov 2011 – New Zealand's curlers have ended a successful 2011 Pacific-Asia Curling Championship in China with one of their best results there in years.

The Kiwi men earned a silver medal in the final and – more importantly – entry into next year's World Men's Championship with their semi-final win.

The New Zealand women also upset Japan in their bronze medal game to complete an excellent final day for the squad.

Read more: Pacific silver and bronze - and a ticket to the Worlds
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