Defending men's champions begin Pacific-Asia Championships with win

  • China discuss tactics in their opening PACC game Photo: WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

The men's teams joined the action at the Pacific Asia Curling Championships for the first time in Monday (9 November) afternoon's third session of round-robin play, and defending champions China had an 8-6 win to open their campaign.

These Championships are being held in the Baluan Sholak Sports Palace in Almaty, Kazakhstan and, in a virtual re-run of last year's final, China beat Japan in a tight game that saw the lead change hands six times. The Chinese break-through finally came in the ninth end when Japan's skip Yusuke Morozumi wrecked his last stone on its way into the house to give China a steal of two for an 8-6 lead. In the tenth end, Japan ran out of stones to give Jialiang Zang and his China team their victory.

Elsewhere in the men's games, Australia also ran out of stones in the tenth end of their game against Korea, giving the Koreans, skipped by Soo Hyuk Kim, a 7-4 win. New Zealand beat Kazakhstan by 10-2 in just six ends while, in their competitive debut at this level, newcomers Hong Kong were beaten 20-2 by Chinese Taipei.

They Said It:

Peter de Boer; skip, New Zealand (after 10-2 win over Kazakhstan):

"That was a scratchy first few ends, but we made a couple of shots when we had to. We got our twos when we had the hammer and got some nice steals. We don't have a lot of time to practice so it's nice to have a game like that to get into the competition. Hopefully that will just settle us."

Randolph Shen; skip Chinese Taipei (after 20-2 win over Hong Kong):

"It's good to get a start like that, it's a tough field so any time you get a 'W' it's good. We have a long way to go and a lot of work to do. One of our goals this year is to relax a bit more and enjoy the game, but we really want to make the play-offs. We've been close, but it would be nice to make that".

There were two women's games in this session, and, having sat out the morning's play, Japan beat Kazakhstan by 11-3 to record their second win and join Korea, who had the bye for this session, at the top of the rankings.

Defending champions China were playing their third game and they beat New Zealand by 9-2 to record their second win so far.

They Said It:

Satsuki Fujisawa; skip, Japan (after 11-3 win over Kazakhstan):

"We're happy with that – two games, two wins. But the ice and the stones were a little different from last game, so we got a little confused but everything's OK so far for us."


Women, Session 3: New Zealand 2-9 China; Japan 11-3 Kazakhstan.

Men, Session 3: Chinese Taipei 20-2 Hong Kong; Japan 6-8 China; Korea 7-4 Australia; Kazakhstan 2-10 New Zealand.

STANDINGS after Session 3 (W-L):


Japan 2-0

Korea 2-0

China 2-1

New Zealand 0-2

Kazakhstan 0-3


China 1-0

Korea 1-0

New Zealand 1-0

Chinese Taipei 1-0

Australia 0-1

Hong Kong 0-1

Japan 0-1

Kazakhstan 0-1