Curlers take third place

Central Leader - - NEWS -

New Zealand’s best young curlers are cel­e­brat­ing af­ter putting in knock-out per­for­mances at the 2013 Pa­cific-Asia Ju­nior Curl­ing Cham­pi­onship.

The ju­nior men’s side took out third place af­ter mak­ing a clean sweep of five matches only to be beaten by Korea in the semi­fi­nal.

Ju­nior men’s coach Liz Matthews says the boys proved them­selves ca­pa­ble of mix­ing it with the best in the Pa­cific Asia re­gion with wins against Aus­tralia, Ja­pan and Korea and close games with China.

‘‘It bodes well for their fu­ture as only Brett Sar­gon ages out next year.’’

Ms Matthews says once a ded­i­cated curl­ing rink is built in Auck­land there will be the pos­si­bil­ity of fur­ther in­ter­na­tional events and a na­tional league.

‘‘There will be more time to con­cen­trate on prac­tice rather than work­ing to save money to travel to Naseby and to th­ese overseas com­pe­ti­tions.’’

The ju­nior women’s team fin­ished fourth with wins against Ja­pan and Aus­tralia in the round-robin stages and had close games against top teams China and Korea.

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