Curling: Becker siblings picked to retain national titles

The Becker siblings are expected to dominate the New Zealand curling championships and retain their titles at the Dunedin Ice Stadium over the next four days.

Sean Becker's Maniototo team of Scott Becker, Rupert Jones, Warren Dobson and Warren Kearney finished third at the Pacific championships in Naseby last November and should have the edge on their opponents.

The main opposition will come from Dan Mustapic's team that includes former New Zealand representatives Hans Frauenlob (Auckland), Rupert Jones (Dunedin) and Lorne De Pape (Te Awamutu).

But seniors teams skipped by Peter Becker and John Campbell should not be underestimated.

New Zealand representative Bridget Becker's team is expected to retain the women's title against teams skipped by her mother Wendy Becker and Natalie Campbell (Auckland).

The championships start tonight and four games will be played tomorrow and Saturday.

The semifinals start at 9.30am on Sunday and the final is scheduled to start at 1.30pm.

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