MCI Doubles provide ideal start

Bridget Becker and Sean Becker
Bridget and Sean Becker. Photo NZCA / Peter de Boer

29 Mar 2019 – The 2019 New Zealand Curling season kicked off in fine style in Naseby last weekend with the annual MCI Doubles event.

Originally developed as a pre-Mixed Doubles Worlds training event, the competition is now a favourite way for many to get together and look forward to the season ahead.

This year was no different with 14 teams entered, everyone having at least six six-end games, and the top four from each pool qualifying for either the main event or plate semi-finals.

Once the dust had settled, the main event was contested by Jess and Ben Smith, a Simon / Matthew / Lucy Neilson combo, Courtney Smith and Peter de Boer, and Bridget and Sean Becker.

NZ's World Championship reps of Bridget and Sean Becker showed they are in good form in advance of their trip to Stavanger in Norway next month, by scooping the title with a win over Matthew and Lucy in the final. Plate honours went to Kirby Gill and Anton Hood.

Thanks as ever to the hard working icemen led by Rob Potter, and to Ewan and his team for hosting the event.

Good luck to Bridget and Sean as they head to Europe! They will play at the Latvian Mixed Doubles Cup II 11-14 April, before the World Mixed Doubles Championship from 20 April.