29 July - 1 August 2021
Qualifier and Championship
30 Jun 2021 – Last week saw the last match in the first section of the Bowlers League indoor crampit competition at MCI, along with the final round of the Contractors Cup Hack Indoor competition.
On the adjoining outdoor Maniototo Ice Rink the first round of the Hore Cup was held, followed on Sunday by the Brown Trophy – traditionally the first match of the season for the four Naseby clubs.
The Dowse Trophy knockout competition has been put back a week, and will now start on Thursday 8 July at 7.00 pm.
|Poolburn and Lauder sides after the final|
28 Jun 2021 – After a very full day's curling at Alexandra's IceInLine outdoor rink last week, Poolburn 1 just headed Lauder 1 to win the Idaburn Curling Council's Macrae Trophy for 2021.
Idaburn's clubs had played a round-robin over the previous few weeks, and on Finals day the top eight teams lined up early for the first knockout round on what was an enjoyable day with plenty of banter, refreshments and good ice.
|Interview with National coach Peter de Boer. Video © ODT - The South Today / Shannon Thomson|
14 Jun 2021 – Sean Becker skipped his team of Warren Dobson, Hamish Walker, Jayden Apuwai-Bishop and Rob McSkimming to the gold medal at the 2021 NZ Championships to win his 11th title.
However, he was pipped by his sister Bridget who led Natalie Thurlow, Holly Thompson, Jen Stewart and Ruby Kinney to a clean sweep of the Women's round robin as she recorded her 12th championship win.
With just three Women's teams entered, the sides played a double round-robin. Bridget Becker recorded a tight 7-6 extra-end win over Team Courtney Smith in their first meeting of the weekend, but had more comfortable margins in their remaining games to claim the gold with a clean sweep.
|NZ Mixed Curling champions 2021|
9 Jun 2021 – Garion Long, Zoe Harman, Brett Sargon and Rebecca Long are the NZ Mixed Curling champions for 2021 after the title was contested at Paradice Avondale over Queen’s Birthday Weekend.
They headed off Lorne DePape, Tess Farley, William Sheard and Ariel Weber 9-3 in the final on Monday evening.
Eight teams contested the event, starting in two pools of four. The two semi-finalists from Pool A, Team Long and Team Dean Fotti, were known after just two of the three rounds when they both won their opening games.
|NZ v Finland. Photo © WCF / Céline Stucki|
23 May 2021 – New Zealand curlers Courtney Smith and Anton Hood have fallen just short at the country's first attempt to qualify for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
A last-stone loss in their pool game against the USA at the World Mixed Doubles Championship in Aberdeen, Scotland was the difference between fourth place in their pool (and with it a game for the seventh and final spot at Beijing), and their eventual placing of sixth in the pool and 12th overall in a field of 20.
Their participation at the Championship was only confirmed a few weeks before the Aberdeen event after the originally selected pair were unable to attend.
9 May 2021 – This year's NZ Curling Training Camp will run in the first week of the next school holidays, Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th July, at the MCI rink in Naseby.
This training camp is open to beginning and intermediate Curlers who are wanting to learn more about the game. We have experienced facilitators who have a wealth of knowledge. Over the two days, participants will learn about delivery, sweeping, strategy, nutrition, and a lot more. Experienced curlers are welcome to come along and help out the facilitators; this will help you develop your game and refine your skills.
If you're in or about Alexandra this Sunday 2nd May, get down to the town's latest new indoor curling rink and give it a go!
Come along any time after 9:00 am, and there's no charge!
This is the first weekend that the rink is open to the public, ahead of the official opening at the end of May.
|Team NZ at YOG 2020. Photo © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik|
9 Mar 2021 – In January 2020 New Zealand sent a curling team to the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Switzerland. Our side did exceptionally well, placing 4th in the World in the Mixed.
Are you interested in representing New Zealand at the next Youth Olympics? The NZ Curling Association is seeking expressions of interest from youth who would like to curl for New Zealand at the 2024 Winter Youth Olympics in Ganwon, South Korea.
Competitors must be born in the years 2006 to 2009 (i.e. turning 15, 16, 17 or 18 in 2024).
If you would like to be kept up to date with information, training camps and forthcoming competitions please click here to register.
|Tutorial for playcurling.com|
23 Feb 2021 – Your chance to ease into the 2021 curling season without leaving the sofa: the first NZ Online Curling Championship!
Yes, it's still summer here (mostly...) but playcurling.com lets you practice your strategy and have a bit of fun. High-level e-sports skills are not required.
Sign up now and we'll create a draw where you'll play 1-on-1 against other curlers – and maybe potential new curlers – from around the country. We might even run some of the playoffs via a Zoom call.
Entries have closed. Once you've entered go to playcurling.com, scroll down to watch the 5-minute tutorial, and sign up for a bit of practice. Good e-curling!