Ansis Regza (LAT)
Photo © Peter McIntosh / ODT

24 August 2011 – Latvian curler Ansis Regza took a nasty tumble on the ice yesterday.

He was following up his stone at the Winter Games curling at the Maniototo International Curling Rink when the mishap happened.

Regza was close to the house when he fell flat on his back and his feet shot into the air. He clung tenaciously to his broom to lessen the impact of his fall.

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Peter de Boer NZL
NZ Men's skip Peter de Boer © Photo: Getty Images

Naseby, 23 August 2011 – The New Zealand Men’s Fours had to fight hard to the last end against the New Zealand Men’s Juniors yesterday afternoon to maintain their winning streak at the 100% Pure NZ Winter Games 2011.

A great crowd enjoyed the action at the Maniototo International Curling rink. The Under-21 side played incredibly well, leading the Men’s team all the way through to the eighth end when the scores were locked at 7-7.

Sam Miller delivered the last stone of the ninth drawing round a guard to get shot stone and bringing the Juniors ahead 8-7. This made for a thrilling tenth and final end. On the Juniors last shot of the tenth they tried to raise their stone to shot but it travelled too far, and the New Zealand Men scored 3 to take the game 10-8.

  Irene Schori (Switzerland)
  Irene Schori (Switzerland), two-time World Mixed Doubles
champion. Photo: Rob Jefferies / Getty Images

Naseby, 20 August 2011 – The Mixed Doubles teams opened the play for the curling events at the 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games 2011.

A top-quality international field lined up, including World Championship medalists Irene Schori (Switzerland, gold 2008 and 2009) and New Zealand's Sean and Bridget Becker (silver, 2010).

The Women’s Fours followed and there were some high scores and close games throughout the day.

Shovelling snow was part of the job description yesterday for the team of 50 volunteers working behind the scenes at the Winter Games curling venue in Naseby.

Heavy snow in the Maniototo has disrupted the travel plans of many of the overseas teams, but with the roads cleared yesterday and the thaw under way, all was set for competition to begin tomorrow.

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Ice and infrastructure preparations at the Naseby indoor curling rink are well under way for the curling section of the New Zealand Winter Games, which begins begins next Friday and runs until Sunday, August 28.

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