|Waverley Taylor and Kenny Thomson|
2 May 2014 – New Zealand curlers found wins hard to come by at the recent 2014 World Mixed Doubles and World Senior Championships in Dumfries, Scotland.
The Mixed Doubles side of Kenny Thomson and Waverley Taylor won two of their seven pool games to finish 6th in their pool and 21st of the record 34 nations competing.
They were not helped by Waverley Taylor having to play the full tournament with a heavily strapped ankle after she badly sprained it while travelling to Scotland.
The Swiss side won the gold medal for the 5th time in eight years, followed by Sweden and Spain.
The NZ Senior Women had the best record of the Kiwi sides in Dumfries. Their 3-4 win-loss record saw them finish 4th in their pool and 8th of 15 teams overall. Scotland won the tournament ahead of Canada and USA.
It was lean pickings for their male counterparts who recorded just one win in seven outings, and a disappointing final ranking of 22nd of the 25 sides competing. Canada won the gold medal, with silver going to Sweden and bronze to Hugh Millikin's Australia.
2014 World Mixed Doubles
2014 World Seniors
|Senior Men L-R: Peter Becker, Richard Morgan, David Greer, Nelson Ede, John Sanders|
|Senior Women L-R: Wendy Becker, Elizabeth Matthews, Glenys Taylor, Pauline Farra|
Earlier Article – Line-up change for World Mixed Doubles
14 April 2014 – New Zealand curling teams will be on the world stage again later in April, competing at the 2014 World Mixed Doubles and World Senior Championships being held concurrently in Dumfries, Scotland.
A change from the originally announced team for the Mixed Doubles has seen Waverley Taylor and Kenny Thomson replace Natalie Thurlow and Hans Frauenlob in Dumfries. Thurlow and Frauenlob placed 5th at this event in Canada last year, and then successfully defended their national title to get the nod from the selectors again. But the recent birth of Natalie Thurlow's first child has forced a change to her plans for the first half of 2014.
Taylor and Thomson, silver medallists at the 2013 NZ Mixed Doubles Championship, now find themselves on the plane to Europe. While this is Waverley Taylor's first season of international curling, Thomson has had 4 years in the national Men's team, most recently at December's Winter Olympic Qualifying Event where the side narrowly missed making the field in Sochi.
"Firstly," said Kenny Thomson, "we would like to congratulate Nat and Dan on the birth of Evan and wish them all every health and happiness."
"Waverley and I are the very fortunate beneficiaries from the timing of Evan's arrival, and are extremely excited to have the opportunity to represent New Zealand in the birthplace of curling."
"I would also like to congratulate Waverley on achieving the 'trifecta' of Pacific Womens, Pacific Junior Womens and now World Mixed Doubles – not a bad effort in her first season representing NZ!"
"New Zealand certainly have a history of punching above our weight in Mixed Doubles, having achieved 4 top-10 finishes from only 6 events, with Sean and Bid's silver medal in Chelyabinsk clearly being the highlight. So we have big boots to fill. I'm glad we're not in the same group as Scotland and Canada, although we're expecting tough games every time we go out onto the ice!"
"We would also like to thank our employers, Telecom, who have not only allowed Waverley the time off to compete in her 3 events, but were also extremely supportive of our bid to qualify for the Winter Olympics, allowing me significant time off work at the end of last year - we will be doing our best to thank them for their support with a decent return in April."
New Zealand sides also have a good record at the World Senior (over 50) Men's and Women's Championships. The NZ Women were fourth in 2012, and the Men's side brought home a silver medal from last year's event in Canada (although with a different line-up). However this year's team of Peter Becker, Richard Morgan, Nelson Ede, David Greer and John Sanders are no strangers to the tournament, with a string of top-10 finishes in prior years.
The 2014 Women's team is Wendy Becker, Elizabeth Matthews, Glenys Taylor and Pauline Farra.