|2017 NZ Men's champions, L-R Hamish Walker, Warren Dobson, Scott Becker and Sean Becker. Photo © NZ Curling / Robert Giles|
11 Jul 2017 – Both the Men's and Women's finals came down to the wire at the weekend's 2017 New Zealand Curling Championships, both games being decided with the final stone.
Although Team Sean Becker went undefeated through the round robin to be top qualifier, they found themselves trailing early in the gold medal match after Peter de Boer stole the first two ends.
Becker got back into the match with a 3 in the third, but de Boer led 4-3 at the fourth end break.
Coming into the final end trailing by 2 points, Becker held last stone advantage. With just his hammer stone left to play Becker had 5 stones in the house. de Boer held the crucial second shot, reasonably well guarded but with just an edge visible.