2014 Mixed Doubles Australian Championships Results

The 2014 Australian National Mixed Doubles Championships were held in Naseby, New Zealand this year on the weekend of October 2 to 5 at Maniototo’s Curling Ice rink. Six teams participated in a new round robin format trialled by the Nationals committee.

The competition started off with all teams being allocated practice time on Thursday and games starting on Friday morning. During the round robin, every team played each other once, with Team Forge/Johns being the only team to win all 5 round robin games.

The standings saw Team Palangio/Weeden with 4 wins, Team Hewitt/Tsourlenes with three wins and the remaining teams of Millikin, Gagnon and Collins/Powell all tied for 4th place.

Third place after the round robin was an impressive ranking for Team Hewitt/Tsourlenes with Kristen Tsourlenes being a relatively new player under the tutelage of up and comer Dean Hewitt, a National Men’s and Jr Men’s team player.

A tie-breaker was played to determine the 4th and 5th placed teams resulting in Team Millikin placing 4th. To determine what teams would play off in the finals a best of three series was played between the 1st and 4th and 2nd vs 3rd place teams with the round robin games counting towards the best of three.

Teams Forge/Johns and Palangio/Weeden won their semi-final games placing them in Gold medal game contention which was a best of three series keeping with the double knock-out format. Team Forge/Johns won the first game, Team Palangio/Weeden won the second game.

This left a nail biter third game to determine the Gold medal winner of the event which came down to the last two rocks of the game to determine the win. Kim Forge was able to nestle her last stone into the four-foot rings and could not be fully removed by the last shot of the game. Team Forge/Johns were victorious earning the right to represent Australia at the 2015 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships in Sochi, Russia next April. Congrats Steve and Kim - a deserved win.

One of the highlights this year was when Team Hewitt/Tsourlenes stunned all teams by showing up in coordinated Tommy Hilfiger outfits complete with bow ties that were hand tied each day. All teams played hard and yet there was fantastic comradery throughout the competition.

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