New faces in New Zealand teams

The New Zealand Open and Senior Men's and Women's curling teams for the 2010/11 season were confirmed at a Special Meeting of the NZ Curling Association's Executive on Friday 16 July.

NZCA Chairman Robert Rutherford advised that the Executive supported and endorsed the decisions of the Selectors. The Convenor of National Selectors, Darren Carson, then announced the following teams:

 Open Women  Bridget Becker  Ranfurly CC
   Brydie Donald  Dunedin CC
   Marisa Jones  Ranfurly CC
   Natalie Campbell  Alexandra CC
   Katie Bauer  Auckland CC
 Open Men  Sean Becker  Ranfurly CC
   Warren Kearney  Ranfurly CC
   Kris Miller  Ranfurly CC
   Warren Dobson  Mt Ida CC
   Kenny Thomson  Auckland CC
 Senior Women   Wendy Becker  Ranfurly CC
   Elizabeth Matthews   Auckland CC
   Caroline Cooney  Chatto Creek CC
   Christine Bewick  Auckland CC
   Pauline Farra  Auckland CC
 Senior Men  Peter Becker  Ranfurly CC
   Richard Morgan  Alpine CC
   Nelson Ede  
   David Greer  Kyeburn CC
   John Sanders  Alexandra CC

Mr. Carson stated that there are certain players very unfortunate to have missed selection, especially in the Men’s Teams, but they are still considered in contention for future teams.

The next event for the Men's and Women's Open teams are the Pacific Curling Championships in South Korea in November. The Senior teams will travel to the World Senior Curling Championships in St Paul, Minnesota, USA next April.

The NZ Mixed Doubles and Junior teams will be announced soon after their respective National Championships in September and October respectively.

New faces

Most of the players named are well-established in their respective teams, but Kenny Thomson and Katie Bauer have been named in the national squads for the first time.

Kenny Thomson and Lorne DePape    
Kenny Thomson at the 2010 NZ Curling Championships,
with Lorne DePape ready to sweep

Kenny Thomson made an immediate impact when he and his team arrived at Auckland Curling Club 6 weeks into the 2008 season, shortly after his arrival from Scotland. He skipped the relatively inexperienced Auckland Rio Scottish Extras through the remainder of the round robin undefeated, and was unlucky to miss out on a semi-final berth.

In 2009 A.R.S.E. took out the honours, winning the Auckland Premier League final.

Thomson has been in the side that finished runners up to the Sean Becker team at the last two NZ Men's Curling Championships.

   Katie Bauer
  Katie Bauer at the 2009 North Island SS Championship

Katie Bauer skipped her Long Bay College Mixed team to a clean sweep of Auckland, North Island and New Zealand Secondary School titles last year, and to the Auckland and North Island titles in 2008. She also has both a New Zealand Under-21 and Auckland Under-21 title to her name, as well as an Auckland Mixed Doubles championship.

First named in the NZ Junior Women's side in 2008, she will be eligible for Under-21 competition for another 3 years.