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Wanaka, 27 Aug 2015 – Audi quattro Winter Games NZ could be held annually from 2017 if a business case study commissioned by Sport New Zealand stacks up for the internationally ranked winter sports event to change its status as a biennial fixture.
Chairman of Audi quattro Winter Games NZ Sir Eion Edgar said there is significant interest in the Games, which feature alpine and adaptive skiing, freeskiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and curling, being held every year.
|2015 NZ Mixed Doubles champions
Scott Becker and Bridget Becker
3 Aug 2015 – Bridget Becker and brother Scott were clear winners of the 2015 New Zealand Mixed Doubles championship last weekend, dropping just one game through the tournament.
This was Bridget's 5th national Mixed Doubles title, having won four of the five between 2007 and 2011 with older brother Sean. Scott interrupted their winning sequence in 2008 when he partnered Brydie Donald.
Thirteen teams entered the triple-life tournament, and the Becker duo swept the opening Pool A, winning the Pool A final 8-3 from Kelsi Heath and Kieran Ford.
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Naseby, 18 July 2015 – Blackstone Hill won New Zealand's 2015 Bonspiel to claim the Snuff Box trophy for the 10th time since 1890. Their two rinks (teams) won 7 of 8 games over the two day event, the same number as Ranfurly. However the honours went to Blackstone Hill on a countback of points scored, with their 179 points just heading off Ranfurly's 168.
This tenth win brings Blackstone Hill level with Cambrian as the club with most victories. Cambrian last won the event 60 years ago .
This special event on New Zealand's sporting and cultural calendar was held on Naseby's Centennial Ponds in Naseby, Central Otago on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 July.
|L-R: Eleanor Adviento, Thivya Jeyaranjan, Chelsea Farley and Tessa Farley|
6 Jul 2015 – The New Zealand Curling Championships in Naseby last weekend featured a breakthrough win for the new Women's champions, and an eighth title since 2005 for winning Men's skip Sean Becker.
After taking silver in four of the last five years, Chelsea Farley and her team of Thivya Jeyaranjan, Tessa Farley and Eleanor Adviento struck gold to earn their first New Zealand Curling Championship title.
10 Jun 2015 – New Zealand’s curlers are delighted to learn that the International Olympic Committee has confirmed the addition of Mixed Doubles Curling to the Winter Olympic programme for the 2018 Games at PyeongChang in Korea.
As an added bonus, the IOC announcement comes at an ideal time for the upcoming Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015.
|2015 NZ Mixed Fours champions|
5 June 2015 – Dave Watt, Thivya Jeyaranjan, Garion Long and Waverley Taylor claimed the first national title of 2015 when they won the NZ Mixed Fours Curling Championship at Paradice Avondale during Queen's Birthday Weekend.
They went through the tournament undefeated, winning all three of their pool games on the Sunday. Defending champion Iain Craig and his side were runners-up in the group, beaten only by the eventual winners.
26 Apr 2015 – New Zealand won just its third World Curling Championship medal overnight with a bronze to the Kiwi men at the 2015 World Senior Curling Championships in Sochi, Russia.
Hans Frauenlob and his team of Dan Mustapic (third), Lorne DePape (second), Iain Craig (lead) and Dave Watt (alternate) shrugged off a semi-final loss against eventual winners USA to beat Denmark 6-4 in the playoff for third.
15 Mar 2015 – Auckland Curling needs your help to make a submission to Council's 10 Year Plan for a curling rink in our city to become a reality. We need a place to build.
Submissions close at 4pm this Monday 16 March. Read more below to see how to make a submission.
A feasibility study into a combined ice and indoor sports complex on Auckland's North Shore has just been completed. This report was largely funded by an Auckland Council grant to Auckland Curling, acting on behalf of the Harbour Ice and Indoor Sports Stadium group.
The report identifies a way for Auckland Curling to establish a dedicated curling rink in the city with minimum capital outlay, working in conjunction with Council and WCF.
|Winners L-R: Simon Neilson, Dave Greer, Nelson Ede, Peter Becker|
23 Feb 2015 – The summer bonspiel made a comeback at Dunedin Ice Stadium over the weekend.
The bonspiel is a relaxed event designed to bring curlers of all types and ages together and this year's event was described by organiser Dan Mustapic as a great success.
"It was good to see hack, stick and crampet curlers competing together, from Auckland, Wellington and the south" said Mustapic, a member of the New Zealand team that attended the 2006 Winter Olympics.