12 Oct 2012 – Both the Girls and Boy's titles headed north after the 2012 NZ Secondary School Curling Championships, held in Dunedin on 5-7 October, the middle weekend of the school break.
Birkenhead College won six straight games to claim the Girls' Championship.
The Long Bay Boys team also had a perfect record, 8-from-8, to win their competition.
Five teams contested the Girls' competition. Birkenhead and Epsom Girls Grammar travelled from Auckland to join Maniototo Area School and two Otago Girls High School sides.
The tightest of the round robin matches was in the first round, when Birkenhead needed an extra end to tough out a 7-6 win over a competitive Maniototo side.
Birkenhead won their remaining pool game comfortably to finish as top qualifier. Joining then in the semi-finals were Maniototo and Otago Girls 2 with a 2 win / 2 loss record. They were joined by Epsom Girls who shared the same 1W-3L record as Otago Girls 1, but had a superior average draw shot distance.
Maniototo and Birkenhead were the semi-final winners but the final was a one-sided affair. The experience of Junior Olympians Eleanor Adviento and Kelsi Heath, with good support from Gabrielle Po Ching and Eloise Pointon, was too much for the gallant efforts of Maniototo's Holly Thompson, Catherine Greer, Jessica Smith and Elle Steele.
Epsom Girls upset Otago Girls for the bronze medal.
The Long Bay side of Garion Long, Tamara Long, Matt Hohaia and Alex Martyn won all six of their pool matches, although there were many tight games amongst them. The results of Birkenhead College showed the evenness of the competition – all of their four wins in the round robin were by a single point, with two of them in an extra end.
Maniototo Area School and Birkenhead finished on a 4-2 win-loss record. The fourth semi-finalist was Kavanagh College 2 who had 3 wins and 3 losses.
Long Bay and Birkenhead both recorded one-sided semi-final wins, but the charmed run of the young Birkkenhead side (Kurt Haynes, Scotty Gannaway, Matt Cox and Troy McLaren) ended when Long Bay took the final 7-1.
Maniototo wind the bronze medal match 5-3 over Kavanagh 2.
Speaking for the NZCA, Peter Becker commended all participants on their enthusiasm and participation in th event. He noted it was pleasing to see the increased interest from the South Island Schools in particular, with Otago Girls and Kavanagh College both with two teams at their first entry to the championship.
Three New Zealand reps who will represent their country at the 2013 Pacific Junior Championships were acknowledged
- Eleanor Adviento (Birkenhead College)
- Kelsi Heath (Birkenhead College)
- Garion Long (Long Bay College)
The tournament teams were then named from the other players at the tournament:
|Girls:||Skip||Holly Thompson||Maniototo Area School|
|3rd||Milli Lobo||Otago Girls High School|
|2nd||Gabrielle Po Ching||Birkenhead College|
|Lead||Chloe Li||Epsom Girls Grammar School|
|5th||Chui-Ann Khoo||Epsom Girls Grammar School|
|Boys:||Skip||Kurt Haynes||Birkenhead College|
|3rd||Josh Whyte||Maniototo Area School|
|2nd||Matt Hohaia||Long Bay College|
|Lead||Patrick Copson||Kavanagh College|
|5th||Oliver Jarvis||Otago Boys High School|