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Ayrshire Rockers win Auckland championship

Ayrshire Rockers
Auckland champions, Ayrshire Rockers

26 Sep 2012 – Iain Craig's Ayrshire Rockers triumphed with 2012's top honours after the Finals night of Auckland Curling's season on 22 September.

He and Lorne DePape, Gavin Brown and Brianne Koning won the A Division final 9-1 from the Round Robin winners Thistles (Liz Matthews, Glenys Taylor, Pauline Farra and Christine Bewick).

Curly Wurlies (Rachal Pirie, Ben McCormick, Cathy O'Sullivan, Mark Ellis) headed the Icebreakers side of Al Langille, Ian Ford, Leon Katavich and Craig Bickerstaff 11-3 to win the B Division.

The playoff for bronze in the A Division was a much closer affair, a 5-4 result to Rock Bottom over Sweeping Beauties being decided on the last stone. Diamonds and 2011 champions Shy Teds shared 5th place at 4-4, while Hackers came in at 7th.

The B Division playoff games saw Have a Sweep beat Smirnoff Ice 6-5 for 3rd, End Steele take 5th from Hot Rollers with a 8-2 scoreline, while CANZ and Rockstars shook hands with the scores level at 5-5.

At the prize-giving immediately after the finals, Thistles also won the League Winner's Trophy for topping the Round Robin section of the season, and the Big End Award for their 7-pointer in the first game of the year.

Season still continues

Club President Al Langille reminded those at the prize-giving that the season was far from over. Auckland's Under-21 and Mixed Doubles Championships will be held over the next 3 weeks, and the final event for 2012 will be the Labour Weekend Bonspiel.

Visit from WCF President

In mid-November WCF President Kate Caithness will visit Auckland briefly, en route to the Pacific-Asia Championship in Naseby.

She will meet representatives from Auckland Council and the NZ Olympic Committee to promote Auckland Curling's plans for a dedicated rink in the city, the key to expansion of the sport in New Zealand's largest metropolitan area.



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