'Cream of NZ's crop' at curling championships

Stonehenge member Kieran Grieve, of Auckland, a moment before he releases the stone. Photo by...
Stonehenge member Kieran Grieve, of Auckland, a moment before he releases the stone. Photo by Liam Cavanagh.
New Zealand's top curlers were at Naseby at the weekend for the New Zealand National Curling Championships.

New Zealand Curling Association chairman Sam Inder said the competition brought the ''cream of New Zealand's crop'' to the indoor rink for the three day event.

Hosted by Maniototo Curling International Inc, the competition also attracted national selectors to watch self nominated players seeking a chance to represent New Zealand at the Youth Olympics and competitions in Finland, Switzerland and Kazakhstan.

''There's quite a lot of pressure on them to perform,'' Mr Inder said.

Secretary and chief umpire Murray Petherick said it was the ''flagship'' curling event in New Zealand, with men and women's fours divisions in juniors through to seniors.

''There's a wide range of experience and ability represented here,'' Mr Petherick said.

Fours team Sean and Scott Becker, Tom Pendreigh, and Warren Dobson took the men's division and Chelsea Farley, Thivya Jeyaranjan, Tessa Farley and Elanor Adviento won the women's section.

Sean Becker, an Olympian, said it was the first time his team had played together and it was nice to ''come out on top''.

The week had been about ''getting a feel'' for the ice and each other but confidence grew as the weekend progressed, Mr Becker said.

''It was close battle the whole time.''


Men: Sean and Scott Becker, Tom Pendreigh, Warren Dobson 1; Peter de Boer, Warren Kearney, Iain Craig, Phil Dowling 2; Hans Frauenlob, Dan Mustapic, Brett Sargon, Kieran Ford 3Women: Chelsea Farley, Thivya Jeyaranjan, Tessa Farley, Elanor Adviento 1; Liz Matthews, Waverley Taylor, Glenys Taylor, Emily Whelan 2; Wendy Becker, Bridget Becker, Jessica Smith, Holly Thompson 3.

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