Chilly world of curling comes to Naseby
Pacific competition underway
Winter has returned to Naseby with the 2015 Pacific-Asia Junior Curling Championships underway, attracting top international teams.
Men’s and women’s under-21 teams from Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea were competing at the championships, which kicked off on Monday, to secure the final spots at the 2015 World Junior Championships in Estonia in February and March.
New Zealand women’s skip Eleanor Adviento said the team was excited for the games to get underway and weeks of hard training would be put into practice.
The team had the perfect start to their campaign on Monday beating Australia 17-2.
‘‘We had our draw weight and so just played to our strengths,’’ Adviento said.
In other women’s matches Korea bet Japan 13-8 to win their first round clash before China also bet Japan 15-1.
Korea also secured a 16-1 result against Australia.
New Zealand men’s skip Simon Neilso said the team was reasonably fresh team this year and they were keen to build experience and develop their skills.
Australia were able to secure a 6.3 win over the team - the first time it won a match at the event.
China also beat New Zealand 9-2 and Korea 7-4, but Korea were able to take one back off Japan winning a second match 7-3 in the men’s games.
A double round robin would be played until Friday and medals would be decided on Saturday.
The gold medallists will qualify for the world championships.
Clean sweep: New Zealand men’s curling team members Josh Fogo and Matthew Neilson in sweeping action as Luke Steele watches carefully on.