Team Sargon claim gold at NZ Mixed

2022 NZ Mixed Curling Championship winners
NZ Curling President Liz Matthews with champions Brett Sargon, Holly Thompson, Shay Bijoux and Kieran Ford. Photo © NZ Curling / Lorne DePape.

9 Jun 2022 – Brett Sargon, Holly Thompson, Kieran Ford and Shay Bijoux won the 2022 NZ Mixed Championship in style over Queen's Birthday Weekend, winning all of their five games handsomely.

The record ten teams started their pool games on Sunday afternoon, with the draw worked around the limited ice time available to the Auckland Curling Club organisers.

It was the third-round contest between the two top-ranked sides in Pool A, Team Sargon and Team Benjamin Frew. that ultimately decided which of them would contest the final.

It was the Sargon rink who were accurate throughout, handing Benjamin Frew's rink their only loss of the round. The other three sides finished level with a one win - three loss record, and it came down to draw shots to determine the pool rankings for Teams Ian Ford, William Day and Holly Gosse.

Pool B was much closer, and coming into the last round of games four of the five teams were contending for the top ranking. After Team Dean Fotti just headed off Iain Craig, William Sheard needed to score three in their last end for a win to top the table.

However they got just two, so it was Dean Fotti, Jo Olszewski, Matt Whineray and Sandra Thomas who topped the pool and lined up against Team Sargon in the final.

Team Sargon scored two and the first end but conceded three in the next. The third end decided the match as Sargon piled stones in, scoring a massive 7 points – the ultimate margin in the 11-4 scoreline.

At the medal presentation, Bret Sargon remarked what an enjoyable event it was to play in. "Everyone pitches in to help out here and it's great to be a part of it," he said. "Thanks to the organisers for putting it together, and especially for the breakfast this morning and the refreshments after."

The winning side now has the opportunity to represent New Zealand at October's World Mixed Championship in Aberdeen.