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Mixed champions, Long Bay College

6 Oct 2009 – The NZ Secondary School Curling Championships concluded with Finals night at Paradice Avondale Ice Rink, Auckland last evening. The event commenced at 6:00am on Saturday morning with a 6 hour session and continued Sunday at the same time.

It was run in two pools of five teams, with the first two in each pool entering crossover semifinals and the next two playing off for minor placings and overall standings.

At the end of pool play Kelston Boys High team of Brett Sargon, Matthew Clemett, Dean D'Cruz, Nathan Mahoney and Mudhukar Narain were clear winners of Pool A, having not lost a game. However for the rest of the placings a "draw to the button" had to be played to separate second and third, and to find the final qualifier for the semifinals.

In Pool B both the Epsom Girls team of Chelsea Farley, Thivya Jeyaranjan, Tessa Farley and Emily Whelan and the Long Bay team of Blake Steele, Kieran Grieve, Robert Giles and Craig Gautrey were tied on points. The Farley team went on to win that draw to the button. Epsom Girls Tsai were a clear third and Massey High Team Powlesland defeated Birkenhead's Team Patel in the draw to the button for the last qualifier.

Finals matches

The evening commenced with a march on of all the competitors and then the games began. On Sheet A Epsom Girls Team Kwon (Jina Kwon, Sam Leon, Alice Akaoka and Suzie Yang) proved far too strong for the Massey High team of Joshua Lawrence, Michael Garelja, Barnaby Flavell-Chitty and Yvan Grotius. Massey got off to a fine start scoring 2 on the first end but then Epsom took charge and went on to score and in the second and steal the remaining six ends for a final score of 13-2.

On Sheet B Massey High Powlesland got out to a 3-nil lead before Epsom Tsai came back with 4 points. The game was all tied after six ends but a big 4 points on the seventh sealed it for the Massey team who finished the game 9-4.

Sheet C was the feature match of the night with the top two ranked teams – winner of the Boys event, Team Sargon from Kelston Boys facing winner of the Girls event, Epsom Farley. Epsom got out to a fine start and were 4-0 up before Kelston got on the board. After six ends the teams were tied and they exchanged singles to finish tied again after the regulation eight ends. Epsom had the hammer (last rock) and used it to great advantage to sneak past a Kelston front stone and draw the button for the win.

The final match of the night saw the two Long Bay College teams fighting it out for the 3rd Place overall. Team Bauer (Katie Bauer, Gorian Long, Tamara Long and Morgan Long) took the first end with a single and Team Steele (Blake Steele, Kieran Grieve, Robert Giles and Craig Gautrey) replied with a single on the second. Bauer and her team then took 6 points to lead 7-1 after five ends. However a strong finish by the Steele team saw them claw back with a 3 in the sixth and steals of 2 in the seventh and eigtth ends to win the game 8-7.

Selectors views

NZCA representative John Allen commented on the great talent shown over the last two days and reminded the players they were looking for students to attend the Youth Winter Olympics in 2012. He was pleased to see the improvement in play both technically and strategically. Finally he thanked Liz Matthews and her team – Ian Ford, Peter and Glenys Taylor, Phillip and Ruth Morris, David Kirby and Pauline Farra for their efforts in running Secondary school curling in the Auckland region.

The players added their thanks to Liz and the team – and especially to Ian and Peter for the all-nighters on Friday and Saturday nights getting the ice to such a fine standard.


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NZ School finalists decided

Sunday morning 4 Oct 2009 – The final two rounds of Pool Play and the Semifinals of the NZ Secondary School Curling Championships were played at Paradice Skating Rink in Avondale this morning – with yet another 6:00am start. Some of the pre-tournament favourites had some work to do if they wanted to qualify for the playoffs for the major honours.

Defending Girls Champions Epsom Girls Farley had to come out strong today to stay in contention and they did so defeating Massey Powlesland 6-3 and then Birkenhead Patel 6-2. That left them tied for first place on points in Pool B with Long Bay Steele, who had had a huge win over Massey in the 8:00am draw. Both teams drew to the button for first place in the pool, with Epsom winning.

Birkenhead Patel had a good win over Epsom Tsai on the early draw which also left a draw to the button for final qualifying position in Pool B – won by Massey Powlesland.

In Pool A Kelston Boys Sargon were clear winners having won all their pool games. However there were ties for 2nd and 3rd positions and also for the last qualifier which were won via the draw to the button system by Long Bay Bauer who beat EGGS Kwon for 2nd place, and Massey High Grotius who beat Henderson High for the final qualifying spot.

In the semi-finals Kelston Boys High met Long Bay Steele. Kelston took the first 3 ends – singles in the first two and a big 4 in the third end which resulted from a misunderstanding of the weight required between skip Blake Steele and last rock thrower Kieran Grieve. All credit to Long Bay as they then then clawed back the next three ends with singles before Kelston got back on the board with a final single - the boys running out of time and only getting in 7 ends. In the second semifinal Epsom Farley met Long Bay Bauer. Bauer got a nice start with a deuce on the first end but Epsom retaliated with 1 on the second, a steal of 4 on the third and another steal of 1 on the fourth.

In the minor playoffs Epsom Girls Kwon beat Massey Powlesland in a come from behind win by taking 4 in the final end and Massey Grotius beat Epsom Tsai in a tight game which was tied up coming home.

Tonight's round of finals will determine the top eight overall rankings, and prizegiving will follow. The Boys, Girls and Mixed titles will be won by the team in each section with the best final ranking in the combined draw. Playing off for 1st and 2nd are Kelston Boys Sargon and Epsom Girls Farley, and in the 3rd / 4th game Long Bay Steele will meet Long Bay Bauer.

NZ School Champs still wide open

Saturday 3 Oct 2009 – The New Zealand Secondary Schools Curling Championships commenced at 6:00am this morning at Paradice skating rink in Avondale and will continue with 3 draws tomorrow morning and then finals at 5:30pm tomorrow evening.

There are 10 teams competing in two Pools and some exciting match ups. Coming into the championships we have both Kelston Boys High Sargon and Long Bay College Steele in the Boys competition who have met in the North Island and Auckland Competitions and are one apiece in the title stakes. So too in the girls with Epsom Girls Farley and Henderson High Taylor. Only Long Bay Bauer's Mixed team have taken double honours this season in both the North Island and Auckland Competitions – and they have some stiff opposition in Massey High Powlesland and Birkenhead College's Team Patel.

Round one saw Kelston Boys up against Henderson High. Kelston got out to a 7-0 lead before Henderson got on the board and took 5 points over the next two ends. Kelston sewed the match up with a single in the 7th and final end. On Sheet B Long Bay Steele disposed of Epsom Farley 14-3 - the girls gave up a 3 on the first end but replied with a deuce. However team Steele replied with another 3 and then steals of 4 and 2 to take a comanding lead. On sheet C Long Bay Bauer had a great game against Epsom Girls Kwon – a 3 on the 2nd end and then steals of singles on ends 5 and 6 had Long Bay looking comfortable but Team Kwon took 4 to tie the game in the 7th. However Morgan Long managed to score his 1 with the hammer in the final end and take the game for Long Bay. On Sheet D Epsom Girls Tsai had a thrilling game against Massey Powlesland – two steals in the game, a 2 on the 3rd end and a single on the 7th made the difference. A slight miscalculation on the last end saw Powlesland remove his winning stone and gifted the game to Tsai.

Round 2 saw an exciting game between Birkenhead Patel and Long Bay Steele. Birkenhead got out to a handy lead with steals on the 4th, 5th and 6th ends to be leading 7-3. However Steele came back with a deuce on the 7th end and then stole 3 on the 8th when Patel came up short on an open draw to the house for the game. On sheet B Kelston Boys were too strong for Massey Grotius who were a bit slow to get started taking the game 6-3. On sheet C Epsom Farley were too strong for schoolmates Team Tsai – steals of 2 on both the 4th and 5th ends sealing the game. Sheet D saw a major upset when Epsom Kwon stormed home in the final two ends of their game against Henderson High. Tied up at 4-4 after 6 ends the Epsom team took 3 in the 7th and then stole 4 in the 8th for an 11-4 victory.

There was a much improved performance from Massey High Team Grotius in the first game up in the third round, with a steal of 4 in the 3rd end and then a 5 in the 6th and a steal of 2 in the 7th to take the match from Long Bay Bauer 13-5. On Sheet B Massey High Powlesland managed steals of single points in the 4th, 7th and final ends to defeat Birkenhead Patel 6-1. On Sheet C Kelston Boys Sargon were too strong for Epsom Girls Kwon, running out winners 10-2. In the final game of the draw Epsom Team Tsai caused another big upset defeating Long Bay Steele 7-4 – a blank in the 3rd end and steals in the 5th and 6th ends being the deciders.

So after 3 rounds in Pool A Kelston boys lead with 3 wins and then there are 3 teams each with one win – Epsom Kwon, Long Bay Bauer and Massey Grotius. Kelston Boys look good for a place in the semi-finals, but Massey and Long Bay still have a chance of matching Kelston's 3 win record. In Pool B both Epsom Team Tsai and Long Bay Steele have 2 wins but Epsom Farley, Massey Powlesland and Birkenhead Patel all have 2 games tomorrow so the semifinal berths are still wide open.

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