The finalists in last year's NZ Mixed Doubles Curling championships squared off again in the final of the 2008 event, held at Naseby's Maniototo Curling rink from 17 to 19 October.

This year's contest saw Scott Becker and Brydie Donald reverse the 2007 result with a closely fought 9-6 victory over defending champions Sean and Bridget Becker.

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1 Apr 2009 – In March this year Sean Becker and I had the privilege to represent New Zealand in the inaugural World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships Vierumaki, Finland.

Mixed Doubles features two teammates delivering five stones alternating with their opponents. The player throwing the first stone also throws the last, with the teammate delivering the three middle stones. Two additional stones are placed into play at the start of each end and the placement will determine who has last rock.

2008 World Senior Women’s Tournament The team first flew to England where friends of Christine's put us up just minutes from Fenton's rink in Kent where we got good keen ice and fine tips from Alistair Martin before heading to the competition in Vierumaki. Once in Vierumaki we settled into our very nice accommodation and enjoyed the competition. Although we never managed to win a game this year there were a number of positives – in the pre competition Draw shot challenge we beat England.

2008 World Senior Men's Tournament  Team members, Peter Becker (Skip), Richard Morgan (3rd), Murray Petherick (2nd), John Sanders (lead) & Nelson Ede (5th), travelled separately, & different routes, to Helsinki in early March to take part in the Senior World Curling Championships, which were held this year, along with the Mixed Doubles World Curling Championships, at Finland's "Academy of Sport" in Vierumaki.

 

Both the men and women from China have qualified for the 2008 World Championships.

The men did it by winning two straight games in their best-of-three semi-finals against Japan (Japan played both games without their Skip due to illness). That advances them to the Gold medal game and gets them one of the two places that are reserved for the Pacific region in the Worlds.

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