Wins hard to come by for NZ teams in Geneva

New Zealand v Estonia
New Zealand v Estonia. Photo © WCF / Celine Stucki

30 Apr 2022 – The World Mixed Doubles and World Seniors Championships in Geneva this week were not a happy hunting ground for the two Kiwi teams.

Dave Watt's NZ Senior Men won two of their six games, with the highlight being an extra-end 6-5 victory over pool runners-up Scotland.

But there was no success for the Mixed Doubles side of Natalie Thurlow and Warren Dobson, who finished at the bottom of their 10-team pool.

"We just weren't accurate enough, consistently enough," said Dobson. "We felt we were improving as the week went on, but our last few games were against the top finishers in our pool so the scorelines didn't look any better."

Scotland's Eve Muirhead and Bobby Lammie went undefeated throughout the Mixed Doubles competition to emphatically claim the World title. Switzerland won silver, and Germany bronze.

New Zealand's placing in the last four – along with Finland, Spain and Turkey – means these teams are relegated to next season’s open-entry World Qualification Event. From here, teams will attempt to earn one of the four places available in next year's 20-team World Championship.

World Seniors

Two of the four losses for the Senior Men's team of Watt, Iain Craig, Lorne DePape and Ian Ford were on the last stone.

"We weren't far away early on," said Dave Watt after their last game. "I'm pleased that we managed to bring it all together and play to our potential on the last day, and take that final game against the Scots."

The Senior Men's competition was won by Canada, ahead of the Czech Republic and Sweden. Switzerland claimed the Women's gold, with USA and Scotland claiming the other medals.

NZ Results

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New Zealand teams prepare for Geneva Worlds

Team NZL, Natalie Thurlow and Warren Dobson
Warren Dobson and Natalie Thurlow

18 Apr 2022 – New Zealand's Mixed Doubles and Senior Men's curling teams are preparing to face the world in Geneva, Switzerland.

The 2022 World Championship represents the start of the next Winter Olympic cycle for Mixed Doubles curling.

Qualification points for the 2026 Games in Italy will only be earned at this event in the two or three preceding World Championships, so retaining NZ's top-16 standing to automatically requalify for next year's event is the first aim of our Mixed Doubles pairing Natalie Thurlow and Warren Dobson.

Both are experienced on the international stage, although this is their first outing together at a Mixed Doubles World Championship.

It has been three years since the last World Senior Championships, and the Kiwi Men's side of Dave Watt, Iain Craig, Lorne DePape and Ian Ford are relishing the prospect of renewing the friendly rivalries postponed by Covid.