New Zealand men third after three rounds in Naseby

The New Zealand men’s team  made  a strong start at the international qualifying event at Naseby over the weekend.

The event has brought eight men’s and eight women’s teams to Naseby.The New Zealand men’s team started well with a convincing 12-4 win over Australia on Friday night.

It backed that up on Saturday with a 9-5 win over Poland. New Zealand clinched the win by scoring four points on the eighth end.

The good work was spoiled yesterday morning, when it lost to Korea, going down in the final end.

The New Zealand team of Scott Becker, Sean Becker, Warren Dobson and Anton Hood was up 5-4 but conceded three on the final end and lost 7-5.

The New Zealand side was to play Brazil last night. England and Korea are unbeaten, while New Zealand sits in third. The top two countries qualify for the world championships in March.

The New Zealand women have lost their first four matches.They went down 12-5 to China in the first match on Friday, lost 8-5 to Estonia on Saturday and then 9-6 to Finland.

The New Zealand side, of Bridget Becker, Natalie Thurlow, Jessica Smith and Eloise Pointon, took on Hungary yesterday.

New Zealand scored four on the sixth end to lead 6-2, but Hungary scored six points in the final four ends to win 8-6.

China and Finland lead the women’s standings.

Round-robin games will continue until the finals on Wednesday.

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