NZ Men v Australia
Kenny Thomson and Warren Dobson are all concentration on Warren Kearneys' stone

23 Nov 2010 – New Zealand will be coming home empty-handed from the 2010 Pacific Curling Championships in Korea.

Following their semifinal losses yesterday to dash hopes of 2011 World Championship qualification, both NZ teams lost their bronze medal matches today – the Men to Australia and the Women to Japan.

The Kiwi women held their own for much of the match against the favoured Japanese, but a triple to Japan in the 5th end did the damage to NZ and they went down 4-7.

The National Selectors stuck with a winning formula when they announced the New Zealand Under-21 Curling teams at the conclusion of the National Training camp in Naseby this week.

The Men's team that won the recent NZ U-21 championship (Sam Miller, Michael Smith, Willie Miller, Liam Dowling and Tim McMillan) was confirmed as the National Men's team. The winning Women's team of Chelsea Farley, Thivya Jeyaranjan, Tessa Farley and Emily Whelan will be joined by Katie Bauer, who is also in the Open Women's team.

A deciding match was required in the best-of-three finals of the 2010 Pub Charity NZ Mixed Doubles Championship, decided at Naseby 17-19 September.

Defending champions Sean and Bridget Becker came back from one down to defeat the tough challenge of Dan Mustapic and Brydie Donald. The contest was a genuine nail-biter from start to finish – the first two games of the finals were single-point margins, and the decider came down to the last stone.

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:

Defending champions Sean Becker and Bridget Becker retained their stranglehold on the New Zealand Curling Championship titles when their teams won their respective Men's and Women's titles in Naseby this weekend.

Sean has now skipped the Men's champions every year since 2007, and Bridget's winning sequence has continued unbroken since the first separate Women's championship in 2005.

NZ win silver at World Mixed Doubles
L-R: 2010 World Mixed Doubles Curling silver medallists Sean Becker, Bridget Becker and coach Scott Becker. Photo © WCF / Goran Roxin

25 Apr 2010 – The New Zealand team of Sean Becker and Bridget Becker has won the silver medal at the 2010 World Mixed Doubles Championship in Chelyabinsk, Russia.

The unbeaten Russian team beat the Kiwis 9-7 in a thriller, the final going to an extra end after the scores were tied after the regulation eight ends.

The second placing to the siblings from Central Otago's Ranfurly Curling Club represents a milestone for NZ Curling. It is the first medal of any colour won by a New Zealand team at a World Curling Championship.

I hope that all of New Zealand's curling community were able to watch some of the excellent coverage we saw of the Vancouver Winter Olympics, learn by watching the world's best in action, and capture some of the emotion of the Games.

2014 Winter Olympic Games - Sochi, Russia New Zealand Curling has to start planning now if we want to have two teams at the next Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014. And so do our next Olympic curling athletes.

The New Zealand men will come home from the Karuizawa International Curling Championships in Japan with a 4th placing after an eventful last couple of days.

They played two tiebreakers on Saturday evening to earn their spot in the medal rounds but were beaten in their semi-final and the bronze medal game on Sunday.

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