11 Apr 2013 – The pathway to 2014 Winter Olympic qualification has been confirmed for the New Zealand Men's Curling team. They will compete at an 8-team Olympic Qualifying Event event in Füssen, Germany in December, and the top two nations from that event will earn the final two berths at Sochi next year.

Ten teams will compete at the Winter Olympics in Sochi next February. The Russian hosts are automatic entrants, as are the seven teams with the most qualifying points from the 2012 and just-completed 2013 World Men's championships - Canada, Sweden, Scotland (for Great Britain), Norway, Denmark, China and Switzerland.

2 Jul 2012 – Peter de Boer's New Zealand representative side finished 5th at the World Men's Curling Championship in April this year. They were unbeaten through pool play at the NZ Championships over the weekend, and hot favourites as they went onto the ice for the final.

But the current NZ Senior Men's champion side of Hans Frauenlob, most of them 2006 Winter Olympians, had other ideas as they lined up in Naseby on Sunday afternoon.

2013 NZ Junior Men
NZ Junior Men L-R: Liz Matthews (coach), Garion Long,
Luke Steele, Liam Dowling, Brett Sargon, Willie Miller

17 Jan 2013 – The New Zealand Junior Men's curling team will be returning home from the Pacific-Asia Championships with bronze medals, equalling the best-ever finish by a Kiwi side at this under-21 event. Their 5 win - 4 loss record included one win against Korea and two each against Japan and Australia.

But the Korean side eventually proved their undoing, beating the NZ side 7-3 in their semi-final. China went on to beat Korea for the gold medal.

2012 NZ Mixed Fours champions
L-R: Winners Josh Dallow, Iain Craig, Tessa Farley, Holly Gosse

5 Jun 2012 – The first national title of the season has been decided.

Iain Craig and his team of Tessa Farley, Josh Dallow and Holly Gosse won the 2012 NZ Mixed Fours Championship in Auckland on Queen’s Birthday Weekend.

Team Craig beat the top qualifiers Kieran Ford, Eleanor Adviento, Brett Sargon and Kelsi Heath in an engaging final at the Paradice Avondale rink.

NZL v CAN
New Zealand 9, Canada 7

9 Apr 2012 – New Zealand's fifth place at the just-concluded World Men's Curling Championship 2012 has produced excellent results for our sport.

The 7 win - 4 loss record has secured some serious bragging rights – not the least of which were wins against all three medallists from the 2010 Winter Olympics, including inflicting the only loss suffered by the tournament-winning Canadians. Team New Zealand also came away with a flying start to their campaign to qualify for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

The World Curling Federation has confirmed the 2014 Winter Olympic qualifying points earned in Basel, Switzerland. This Championship and the 2013 event in Victoria, BC, Canada are the only two where nations can gain automatic qualification for Sochi 2014.

NZ Women vs Korea
NZ Women vs hosts Korea. Photo © Korea Curling Assn

3 Feb 2012 – Japan won the Women's gold at the 2012 Pacific-Asia Junior Curling Championships at the Hwasan Ice Rink in Jeonju, South Korea on Thursday beating Korea 3-2 in the final. The Chinese Men had a 3-2 win over their Korean hosts in their gold medal match.

The New Zealand Junior Men and Women both finished 4th in the Double Round Robin and did not qualify for the medal rounds.

The winners are not only crowned 2012 Pacific-Asia Junior Curling Champions, but they also secure the World Curling Federation Pacific-Asia places at the 2012 World Junior Curling Championships which will take place in Östersund, Sweden from 3-11 March.

NZL Men, Silver medalists
NZ Men's silver medal has earned them entry to the 2012 World Men's Championship

27 Nov 2011 – New Zealand's curlers have ended a successful 2011 Pacific-Asia Curling Championship in China with one of their best results there in years.

The Kiwi men earned a silver medal in the final and – more importantly – entry into next year's World Men's Championship with their semi-final win.

The New Zealand women also upset Japan in their bronze medal game to complete an excellent final day for the squad.

Hans Frauenlob
Hans Frauenlob

30 Sep 2012 – Three months ago Hans Frauenlob skipped his team to a win over the national side in the final of the NZ Open Men's Championship, and a month ago he teamed up with Natalie Thurlow to win the NZ Mixed Doubles title.

Last weekend Frauenlob's side of Lorne DePape, Al Langille and Pat Cooney successfully defended their national Senior Men's title. This secured a unique treble in New Zealand Curling history for the 2006 Winter Olympian.

They faced some stern competition on the way to their second championship. Dan Mustapic and his side of Charlie McLeod, John Campbell and Neville Phillips beat Frauenlob in the round robin and lined up against him in the final.

2012 Pacific-Asia Curling Championships

25 Nov 2012 – It was China's day at the finals of the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships in Naseby today. Their defending champions in the the men's and women's competitions both won their gold medal matches.

Women's silver went to Japan, and the young Korean side took the bronze medal. Japan were also the men's silver medalists, while Australia won the bronze medal match.

30 Sep 2011 – After a review by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the World Curling Federation, it has been announced that curling has now been officially removed from the list of sports which prohibits the use of beta-blockers.

Athletes taking beta-blockers will now be allowed to compete in competitive curling events without the need for Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) from 1st January 2012 as a result of this decision.

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