|Bailey Dowling delivers with Hunter Walker on the broom. Photo © NZ Curling / Jo Dowling|
18 Jul 2017 – Although conflicting events meant there were just two teams competing for the NZ Junior Men's Curling Championship this year, there was still a tense competition. Defending titleholders Simon Neilson, Matthew Neilson and Ben Smith, with Anton Hood, were level with their challengers after the regulation eight ends in the first of a best-of-three decider.
They held hammer in the extra end and used that last stone advantage to good effect, scoring the single point they needed to secure a 5-4 win.
Their opponents Hamish Walker, Hunter Walker, Bailey Dowling and Jayden Bishop pushed them all the way in the second match too, but again fell agonisingly short.