|All photos © Winter Games NZ / Iain McGregor|
|All photos © Winter Games NZ / Iain McGregor|
|Otago Boys HS plan their quest for gold. Photo © NZCA / Janyne Fletcher|
12 Aug 2019 – Despite the bone-chilling Dunedin weather there was a great turn out for the weekend's South Island Secondary Schools curling tournament.
After a break in 2018, this tournament returned in full force with the organisational help of Peter Becker.
It was very encouraging to see a number of new players and great team spirit in the Mixed competition. In the end, the Mya Miller's Bayfield Burlers came through, closely followed by Maniototo Area School.
|Jennifer Jones and Brett Laing at the Winter Games NZ 2018. Photo © Winter Games NZ / Neil Kerr|
1 Aug 2019 – Winter Games NZ is proud to announce SKY Sport will be the Official Broadcast Partner of the Games in the lead up to the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. The elite international winter sports event is celebrating 10 years of excellence in 2019, and in conjunction with SKY Sport will bring over four times as much content to New Zealand fans.
The focus will be on Live Broadcasts of the major ice and snow sports events and Highlight shows of the 26 events being held across six venues over 17 action packed days.
The Games get underway on Friday 23rd August with a Parallel Slalom under lights at Coronet Peak in Queenstown, featuring top skiers from New Zealand and around the world. The Mixed Doubles Curling tournament runs from Monday 26th to Saturday 31st August
|Peter Becker presents the Wendy Becker Trophy to Warren Dobson and Jennifer Stewart. Photo: Janyne Fletcher|
22 Jul 2019 – The new Wendy Becker Trophy for Sportsmanship was awarded for the first time at the conclusion of the New Zealand Men's and Women's Championships earlier this month, to Warren Dobson and Jennifer Stewart.
Peter Becker presented the half-curling stone trophy in memory of his late wife, who passed away three years ago. Wendy is fondly remembered by all who knew her both for her sportsmanship on the ice, and for her warmth, hospitality and generosity to the local, national and international curling community when off the ice.
The inaugural winners were selected by their fellow curlers at the NZ Championships.
The Australian Curling Federation also honours Wendy's memory with their annual Wendy Becker Memorial Sportsmanship Award.
16 July 2019 – Auckland Curling Club introduced East Auckland's Aotea Sport and Recreation Association to curling on Sunday 14 July. We had a great time sharing the love. But did they enjoy it? Watch and judge for yourself!
|Courtney Smith encourages her sweepers. Photo: Janyne Fletcher|
15 Jul 2019 – After six rounds of games over three days, Teams Courtney Smith and Matt Neilson claimed the 2019 Women's and Men's titles at the New Zealand Junior Curling Championships in Naseby over the weekend.
A feature of the competition was the tightness of many of the matches – particularly the Men's. Although there were only three Men's teams entered, the six curlers with international experience were spread across the three teams so played with younger emerging talent.
Team Matt Neilson dropped their first game 5-4 after trailing throughout, and after the first full round robin, the three sides had recorded a win and a loss each.
15 Jul 2019 – New Zealand Curling sends athletes overseas to the majority of the WCF sanctioned events each year. However, due to funding constraints, we are often unable to also send dedicated coaches to support our athletes.
We are therefore seeking expressions of interest from internationally based Team Coaches and Managers to work with and support our athletes during these events.
We would like to create a pool of willing and able people, and call on them once teams and venues are confirmed.
|Sweepers Jamie Chisholm and Phil Dowling are urged on by skip Peter de Boer|
8 Jul 2019 – Experience triumphed over youth (just) at the 2019 New Zealand Curling Championships when Team Bridget Becker won the Women's title and Team Peter de Boer the Men's.
The only time de Boer led the Men's final was after the last stone of the game had been thrown, when they recorded a 4-2 win over Matt Neilson's Junior Men's side.
Neither side dominated the game, thanks to some terrific shot-making by both teams – starting with a cross-house double take-out in the second end from Neilson's fourth-stone player Anton Hood, which prompted a blank end from de Boer.
It took a well-crafted steal in the final end for de Boer, Kenny Thomson, Jamie Chisholm and Phil Dowling to claim the victory.
29 Jun 2019 – This year's NZ Curling Training Camp will run on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 July at the MCI rink in Naseby.
This is the week between the NZ Open Championships (4-7 July) and the NZ Under-21 Championships (12-14 July), both also in Naseby.
It is important for all young curlers in contention for the 2020 Youth Olympic Games to attend, and others competing in the NZ Under-21 Championships are also strongly encouraged.
There is no cost to participants. Travel assistance will be offered to attendees who are not from Central Otago.
|L-R: Runners-up Holly Thompson and Anton Hood, champions Jess Smith and Ben Smith|
17 Jun 2019 – Jess and Ben Smith backed up their 2018 success when they beat Holly Thompson and Anton Hood 6-3 in an entertaining and high quality final of the 2019 NZ Mixed Doubles Championship on Sunday afternoon.
The Smith siblings held a narrow 3-2 lead at the fourth end break, but successive steals immediately afterward set the path for their win, reversing the pool result between the teams and handing Thompson and Hood their only loss of the weekend.
Courtney Smith and Hamish Walker made perfect use of their powerplay in the last end of the bronze medal game, scoring three points to head off Bridget and Sean Becker 8-6.