NZ Junior Men - 2010 PJCC Bronze medallists
 L to R: Sharon Morrison (coach), Michael Smith, Sam Miller, Lachlan Browne, Mat Weir, Kris Miller

New Zealand's Junior Men's team have won the bronze medal at the 2010 Pacific Junior Curling Championships in Nayoro, Japan. This is only the second podium finish by the NZ Men in this event, mirroring last year's third placing.

NZ and Japan, second equal after the qualifying rounds, met in the semi-final with the Japanese taking the game comfortably 9-3.

Japan went on to play top qualifier China, who won the gold medal in a low-scoring 3-2 final.

The national selectors dropped a bombshell when they did not pick top curler Sean Becker for this month's New Zealand Winter Games.

Being left out was particularly galling for the long-term New Zealand skip as the event is being held on his home rink at the Maniototo International Ice Stadium in Naseby.

Read the full Otago Daily Times article here.

In a scenario very similar to a year earlier in Naseby, Sean Becker and sister Bridget skipped their defending champion teams to victory in Dunedin's 2009 NZ Curling Championships. In a remarkable Men's Final which saw the first three ends blanked, Sean's four shut out the Dan Mustapic team 8-0. As in 2008, Mustapic had earlier inflicted the only defeat on the Becker side in the preliminary round.

In another action replay of 2008, Bridget Becker completed another undefeated tournament when her team beat the Natalie Campbell squad 9-4 in the Women's Final.

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