Ben Smith
Ben Smith in action in Östersund. Photo © WCF / Eric Norrlander

10 Jan 2017 – New Zealand's Under-21 teams experienced the narrow margins between success and pain at the 2017 World Junior B Curling Championships in Östersund, Sweden this week.

Neither the NZ Men nor the Women progressed beyond the round robin stage, but their final records mask how competitive they were at times through the tournament.

The NZ Women finished with a 1-5 win-loss record, with two of their losses by just a single point. Had those games gone in the Kiwis' favour they would have earned a tiebreaker and a chance of progressing to the playoffs.

Read more: Fine line for Junior teams in Sweden

2016 PACC
Korea won their semi-final against New Zealand. Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

12 Nov 2016 – A dominant display from Japan in the Women's bronze medal game snuffed out any chance of a New Zealand medal at the 2016 Pacific-Asia Curling Championships in Uiseong, Korea.

Together with the 5th place from the Men's side, this means neither NZ team will be playing at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang. A medal of any colour for either side would have guaranteed them a place in the last-chance 2017 Olympic Qualifying Event.

Next April's World Mixed Doubles Championship will be the final opportunity for any Kiwi curlers to book a ticket to PyeongChang.

Read more: Doorway to PyeongChang closes

2016 NZ Mixed winners
NZ Mixed winners Thiya Jeyaranjan, Brett Sargon, Eleanor Adviento and Kieran Ford. Photo © NZCA / Chelsea Farley

8 Jun 2016 – The "Maroon Four" team of Brett Sargon (skip), Eleanor Adviento (vice), Kieran Ford (2nd) and Thivya Jeyaranjan (lead) were comprehensive winners of the 2016 New Zealand Mixed Curling Championship.

They finished the Queen's Birthday weekend tournament at Paradice Avondale with a perfect 5-0 record.

The six teams entered played in two crossover pools of three, with all teams in one pool playing the sides in the other.

Sargon's Maroon Four and Liz Matthews' team topped Pool A, with both sides winning all 3 matches against their Pool B opponents. Peter de Boer and Garion Long recorded a win apiece in Pool B to qualify for semi-finals.

Read more: Maroon Four win NZ Mixed

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

Canada beat NZ in Round of 16
New Zealand were beaten by Canada in the Mixed Doubles Round of 16. Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

23 Apr 2016 – The run for New Zealand's Mixed Doubles and Senior Men came to an end early in the playoff rounds of their respective World Championships in Sweden.

Bridget and Scott Becker finished second in their Mixed Doubles pool with a 5-1 win-loss record. They then drew Canada in the Round of 16 (eighth-final) game, and were well beaten 12-2 by the Canadians, who barely missed a shot in the match.

With Olympic Qualifying points allocated down to 12th place they then had a B-side knockout match against Norway, and went down 8-3 to finish the event tied for 13th.

Read more: Kiwi sides eliminated in playoffs in Karlstad

Courtney Smith
Courtney Smith in NZ's match vs China. Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

28 Feb 2016 – Although New Zealand’s Youth Olympic curlers may not have brought any medals home from Lillehammer with them, they still performed with distinction against teams of a very high standard said coach Peter Becker.

Their 1 win - 6 loss record saw them finish in 13th place overall in the Mixed Fours event. "It was a satisfactory result,” he said. “But with more strategic experience they could have won other games too."

Read more: Youth Olympics an "out of this world" experience

Eleanor Adviento, NZL v EST
NZ skip Eleanor Adviento in their quarter-final v Estonia. Photo © WCF / Juha Pääjärvi & Janne Ojanperä

11 Jan 2016 – New Zealand Women finished their World Junior B Championship campaign tied for fifth of the 21 teams following their 5-4 loss to Estonia in the quarter-finals.

They completed their tournament in Lohja, Finland with a 4-3 win-loss record.

Their other two losses were also by a single point – to Russia and Japan, the eventual gold and silver medallists.

Read more: Quarterfinal exit at World Junior B Champs

2015 PACC
L-R Scott Becker, Brett Sargon, Peter de Boer and Sean Becker in Almaty. Photo © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

15 Nov 2015 – No medals will be coming home with the New Zealand teams from the recent Pacific-Asia Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The Kiwi men placed fourth overall in the eight team competition – the largest field in the competition's history – while the NZ women finished at the tail of their five team field.

For the New Zealand men it could not have been any closer though, with a one point loss to Japan in their semi-final and then another one point loss to the Chinese in the bronze medal game.

Read more: Close but no reward from Almaty PACCs

2015 WMxCC
Photo © WCF / Céline Stucki

21 Sep 2015 – The New Zealand side of Dave Watt, Thivya Jeyaranjan, Kieran Ford and Waverley Taylor did not reach the standard they had hoped for at this month's inaugural World Mixed Curling Championship in Berne, Switzerland.

They won three of their eight pool games to finish 6th in their nine team group and 22nd overall in the field of 36 international sides.

They were far from despondent though after the tournament.

Read more: NZ team upbeat after World Mixed Champs

2015 NZ Senior Men's champions
L-R: Iain Craig, Lorne DePape, Dan Mustapic, Hans Frauenlob. Photo: Gillian Craig / NZCA

14 Sep 2015 – Hans Frauenlob and his team of Dan Mustapic, Lorne DePape and Iain Craig defended their 2014 NZ Senior Men's title when they won gold at the 2015 Championship in Naseby last weekend.

The 2015 World Senior Men's bronze medallists beat last year's runners up Peter Becker, Richard Morgan, Nelson Ede and John Sanders 9-4 in Sunday's final.

Read more: Team Frauenlob back up Seniors win
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