24 Jul 2011 – The NZ Curling Association has confirmed the selectors' recommendations for the New Zealand Open and Under-21 teams for the 2011/2012 season.

They feature some new names, and the Open teams will have some line-up changes between next month's NZ Winter Games and November's Pacific-Asia Curling Championships in China.

Only Sean Becker and Kenny Thomson return from last year's NZ Men's team. The two new faces in the squad both learnt their craft in Scotland. Peter de Boer skipped the runner-up side at the recent Nationals, and will play at both upcoming tournaments. Iain Craig will don New Zealand colours for the first time at the Winter Games in Naseby.

They are joined by Scott Becker, back in the country after his OE, and Phil Dowling who played at the 2009 Karuizawa tournament.

With Bridget Becker unavailable, Brydie Donald will skip the NZ Women's side for the first time. Chelsea Farley and Thivya Jeyaranjan, skip and vice-skip respectively of the Junior Women's team, will debut for the Open side at the PACCs.

Two of New Zealand's 2012 Youth Winter Olympic side, Kelsi Heath and Eleanor Adviento, have been named in the Junior Women's team for both the Winter Games and the Pacific Asia Junior Championships in Korea. The Junior Men's side is unchanged from last year.

The full sides, with playing order to be confirmed, are:

NZ Men

Winter Games NZ   Pacific-Asia CCs
Peter de Boer Auckland CC   Peter de Boer Auckland CC
Sean Becker Ranfurly CC   Sean Becker Ranfurly CC
Scott Becker Ranfurly CC   Scott Becker Ranfurly CC
Philip Dowling Mt Ida CC   Kenny Thomson Auckland CC
Iain Craig Auckland CC   Philip Dowling Mt Ida CC
         

NZ Women

Winter Games NZ   Pacific-Asia CCs
Brydie Donald  Dunedin CC   Brydie Donald Dunedin CC
Marisa Jones Ranfurly CC   Chelsea Farley Auckland CC
Natalie Campbell Alexandra CC   Natalie Campbell Alexandra CC
Katie Bauer Auckland CC   Thivya Jeyaranjan  Auckland CC
Carolyn Cooney Chatto Creek CC      
         

NZ Junior Men

NZ Winter Games and Pacific-Asia Junior CCs
Sam Miller Ranfurly CC      
Michael Smith        
Willie Miller Ranfurly CC       
Liam Dowling Wedderburn CC      
Tim McMillan Otago Central CC      
         

NZ Junior Women

NZ Winter Games and Pacific-Asia Junior CCs
Chelsea Farley Auckland CC      
Thivya Jeyaranjan  Auckland CC      
Tessa Farley Auckland CC      
Kelsi Heath Auckland CC      
Eleanor Adviento Auckland CC      
         

Tournaments for National Teams

100% Pure NZ Winter Games (Open & Junior)  Naseby  19 - 28 Aug 2011
Pacific-Asia Curling Championships (Open) China 18 - 26 Nov 2011
Pacific-Asia Junior Curling Championships Korea 27 Jan - 2 Feb 2012

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