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We play Sunday evenings at Paradice Avondale from March-April until October.
New members – regular or occasional – are always welcome!

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Team Stonehenge, 2018 Auckland Champions. Photo Earl Irving

17 Oct 2018 – The Stonehenge team of Garion Long, Benjamin Frew, Kieran Grieve and Rebecca Treacy are the 2018 Auckland Curling champions after a 9-2 win over last year's winners, Cleansweep, in last Sunday's Premier League final.

The side also won the Auckland's Round Robin trophy and the Big End award.

In the semi-finals a week earlier, Chelsea Farley's Cleansweep had beaten Iain Craig's Rockers, while Stonehenge headed off the fast-improving Penguins skipped by Sasha Golborodko.

Korea v Switzerland
Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

11 Feb 2018 – There may be no New Zealand curlers at PyeongChang 2018, but there's still plenty to inspire Kiwis with some fabulous curling on display!

If you're in Auckland you can come and find out what it's about every Sunday afternoon in March at Paradice Avondale.

You can come to just one session, or to as many as you want.

Each session will start with some group tuition, and if you come to more than one session it will build on what you've already done. Then you'll play a game.

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Korea women at PACC 2017
Will the home side play for Olympic Gold? Photo © WCF / Céline Stucki

26 Jan 2018 – Auckland Curling's first newsletter for the year confirms that the Club's 2018 AGM will be held at the Cornwall Park Sports Association club on Sunday 25 February at 11:00 am. Members will also hear details of exciting prospects for a dedicated curling ring in the city.

A barbecue lunch will follow, and the Women's Olympic Gold medal match will be screened live.

The 2018 season will start with four Post-Olympic "come and try curling" sessions on Sundays 4, 11, 18 and 25 March.

Read the full newsletter here.

Auckland 21st anniverasry bonspiel
Auckland Curling Club's 21st Anniverary Bonspiel. Photo: Kana Parr-Whalley

30 Oct 2017 – Auckland Curling Club celebrated its coming of age in style over Labour Weekend, with a 21st Jubilee dinner on Saturday night, and then a bonspiel on Sunday evening and Monday morning.

Old friendhips were rekindled amongst the 40 guests who enjoyed Saturday evening's dinner at the Remuera Club. A slideshow of photos from 1996 to the present day entertained all, and sparked much comment on the change of colour (and quantity) of some of the hairstyles on display.

Ryan Lewis and Chelsea Farley
Ryan Lewis and Chelsea Farley. Photo Beth Gibbs

10 Oct 2017 – A fortnight after winning the Auckland Club Championship with their Cleansweep team, Chelsea Farley and Ryan Lewis collected more silverware when they scooped the 2017 Auckland Mixed Doubles title.

Six doubles teams (four of them mixed teams) played an abbreviated round robin through the evening, with short games of 3 or 4 ends.

With the final round left to play, three sides held a 3 win - 1 loss record: Pauline Farra / Ian Ford, Ben Frew / Garion Long and Farley / Lewis.

Cleansweep - 2017 Auckland champions
2017 Auckland Champions Cleansweep. Photo Beth Gibbs

27 Sep 2017 – Cleansweep made it back-to-back titles, and 3 in the last 4 years when they beat Rockers in Auckland Curling's 2017 Premier League final last Sunday.

In the semi-finals a fortnight earlier, Cleansweep had beaten John Allen's Diamonds while Rockers headed round robin winners Stonehenge, skipped by Garion Long.

A succession of single point ends in this week's final was broken with a 3 in the sixth end to Rockers. But Cleansweep (Chelsea Farley, Ryan Lewis, Tessa Farley, Kate Smirnova, Lisa Wu and Marie Tsai) then replied with a decisive 5-pointer, and went on to steal the last to win 9-5.

23 Jun 2017 – The New Zealand Olympic Committee, Auckland Curling and 80 students from Henderson and Kowhai Intermediate Schools have celebrated 2017's Olympic Day with an introduction to curling.

"The fact is that almost all of them have never tried curling," said Rob Page, NZOC's head of education.

"It's an Olympic sport, and for us it's also a way to promote the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games in New Zealand, and create vocations for the future! As these Games will be taking place in the summer for us, there is less interest compared with the Summer Games, where New Zealand is strong. So I’m hoping our schoolchildren will be interested and take up curling seriously: that's our plan!"

Winter is coming

19 May 2017 – Auckland Curling's May newsletter provides details of the NZ Mixed Fours Championship to be held at Paradice Avondale during Queen's Birthday Weekend.

This tournament is not just for those striving for medals or a place in the New Zealand Mixed Fours team. It's a great opportunity for an early-season "curling intensive" for curlers of all abilities, with 4 or 5 games over the two days.

It also lists the Sundays through the season when there will be no club curling because of other bookings for NZ Ice Hockey League, different curling events and other bookings.

Finally, there is information about other National Championships, a Junior Camp and self-nominations for aspiring NZ representatives.

Read the full newsletter here.

2017 Auckland mini-spiel
Photo © Auckland Curling / Liz Matthews

28 Apr 2017 – Auckland Curling ran a successful mini-spiel at Paradice, Avondale on Sunday 23 April as a warm-up for the 2017 season.

Five teams were drawn from the hat, and quick-fire games of three ends were played.

Each team was expected to rotate their skip for at least one end of each game, so everyone gained some experience at skipping.

While there were games on two sheets, the fifth team split and played the pairs format among themselves.