|NZ Men v Wales. Photo © WCF / Tom Rowland|
28 Apr 2018 – The NZ Senior Men's side of Hans Frauenlob, Lorne DePape, Dave Watt and Iain Craig has been knocked out of the World Seniors Championship in Sweden.
They were the only one of the three Kiwi sides in action to reach the playoff rounds, and were beaten 7-4 by Scotland in the first round of knockout games.
New Zealand's Mixed Doubles and Senior Women's sides at the combined tournament in Oestersund both finished at the bottom of their respective pools.
The Kiwi Senior Men had a good tournament, finishing second in their pool with a 5-1 win-loss record. Their only loss in the preliminary rounds was to Denmark.
They bounced back the next day with a tight win over Israel, and skip Frauenlob was a happy skip afterwards. "That was huge," he remarked. "We played really poorly yesterday, so we knew we had to come back strong tonight and those guys would be tough – they were and it went right down to the last. We needed this one tonight and they needed it too and it shows a real tough game. We're just happy to come off the ice with the win."
It wasn't a kind tournament for the NZ Senior Women, losing skip Liz Matthews to injury immediately before the opening round. She was able to play some of the later games, although still troubled by a sore leg, and the side didn't manage a win throughout the week.
NZ's Mixed Doubles side had a dream start, stealing the last end of their opening game against a strong Japanese side to win 7-6. Eleanor Adviento was ecstatic after the game. "Fujisawa is one of my big heroes in curling," she said."So even playing against her is a massive privilege, and having that 'W' just means so much to us."
However that was as good as it got for the young Kiwis and they lost their remaining six games.