|Winners Katja Kiiskinen (centre) and Sean Becker (right) with plate winners Kim Forge (top) and Jay Merchant (left). Photo © Katja Kiiskinen|
20 Mar 2016 – It was no surprise to see the experienced internationals of Sean Becker (New Zealand) and Katya Kiiskinen (Finland) win the season-opening MCI Doubles in Naseby.
But their opponents in the final would not have been the bookmaker's favourites at the start of the weekend.
The Junior pairing of Anton Hood and Youth Olympian Courtney Smith finished second in their group behind the eventual winners. They were not fazed lining up against 2015 NZ Champions Bridget Becker and Scott Becker in their semi-final, winning in an extra end
They then acquitted themselves well in the final, although coming up short.
Australia's Kim Forge and Jay Merchant won the Plate Final.