Chilly world of curl­ing comes to Naseby

Pa­cific com­pe­ti­tion un­der­way

Central Otago Mirror - - FEATURES -

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.

Photo: JAN MACKEN­ZIE

Clean sweep: New Zealand men’s curl­ing team mem­bers Josh Fogo and Matthew Neil­son in sweep­ing ac­tion as Luke Steele watches care­fully on.

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