Tuesday, September 28, 2010

News from the Land of the Long White Cloud

Once upon a time, there was a talented Scottish skip called Peter deBoer. Did you ever wonder what happened to him? I am pleased to report today that he is still playing, and winning, in New Zealand!

New Zealand's curling's first ever 'Cash Bonspiel' was won by a team skipped by Pete, who is now in Wellington, along with three curlers from the Auckland Curling Club: third Iain Craig, second Kenny Thomson and lead Haymon Keeler. Kenny will be known to many blogallies too. Well done guys!

Five teams took part in this inaugural cashspiel last weekend at the Dunedin Ice Stadium. You can read more about it here. Top flight events like this can only help progress the elite side of the game in NZ.

Thanks to our special New Zealand correspondent for this post!

A PS added later: Two blogallies have been in touch to say that Iain Craig is the son of Julia Craig who plays with Troon Portland CC. Iain learned to curl with TPCC Juniors at the Ayr rink before going to Edinburgh University, where he played with the University team and also with Corstorphine CC.