Experience proves vital

The Maniototo International Curling Rink at Naseby. PHOTO: ODT FILES
The Maniototo International Curling Rink at Naseby. PHOTO: ODT FILES
Experience was key as the ice heated up in Naseby.

The 2022 New Zealand mixed doubles qualifier was held at the Naseby Indoor Curling Rink at the weekend, with 16 teams battling it out on the rink.

The top six teams move on to the New Zealand mixed doubles championship in September. One team will go on to represent New Zealand at the world mixed doubles championship in Korea in April.

Chief umpire Darren Carson said he was pleased with how the tournament went.

"The teams that we expect to win are winning — some of the new teams are giving them a fright which is great to see. Even when the teams are losing they’re coming off smiling and that in itself is pleasing to see."

In the end it was the experienced pairing of Maniototo siblings Jess and Ben Smith who qualified in the top spot with a score of 7-0, followed by Maniototo brother-sister duo Bridget and Sean Becker.

Also qualifying for the championships were Courtney Smith and Anton Hood, Natalie Thurlow and Warren Dobson, Ruby Kinney and Hunter Walker, Lucy Neilson and Warren Kearney.





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