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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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