Stern effort not enough

New Zealand’s men put up a fight before falling to losses to two of the sport’s powerhouses at the world curling championships in Switzerland yesterday.

The Kiwis faced the ultimate challenge when they played Canada. They earned the hammer and were hanging in well at the halfway point, trailing just 3-2, but the Canadians’ experience came through in a 7-4 win after nine ends.

New Zealand then held a 6-5 lead over Sweden before fading to lose 11-7.

The Anton Hood-skipped New Zealand team were playing Switzerland and Germany overnight.