Three teams qualify for the men's playoff stage

  • Chinese Taipei skip, Randolph Shen Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

The morning session on Thursday (10 November) at the Uiseong Curling Training Center in Korea, featured the men’s session eight games and saw three teams qualify for the playoffs.

With Japan’s victory over New Zealand in this session they ensured that they would gain qualification for the playoffs for themselves, China, who also won their game this session, and Korea. All three teams now sit on a record of six wins and one loss.

Japan took a 4-2 lead into the break by scoring two points in the first and third ends, while holding New Zealand to single point scores in the second and fifth ends. New Zealand would fight back and with a score of two points in the ninth end to make the score 7-5 to Japan. Japan would run New Zealand out of stones in the tenth end to hold onto the win.

Elsewhere in the session China defeated Qatar 10-2 and Australia claimed a 13-2 victory over Kazakhstan.

In the session’s final game, Chinese Taipei recorded the victory they needed to guarantee at least a place in the tie-breaker game for the last playoff place. Their victory over Hong Kong was helped largely by scores of three points in both the fourth and sixth ends on the way to their 8-3 win.

Broadcast coverage will resume on Thursday afternoon with Japan v China women at 12.00 (Korean Standard Time) on World Curling TV and national broadcasters.

They said it:

Randolph Shen; skip, Chinese Taipei (after 8-3 win over Hong Kong): “It feels awesome! We’ve been working hard and it’s nice to at least have a chance at the playoffs or a tie-breaker. It’s just nice to play good games, win or lose, we’ve been competitive and I think that’s the key. We’re enjoying ourselves out there as a team and we’re really coming together as a unit. We’ve focused a lot on team chemistry and tried to bring the fun back into the sport.”

Results men’s session eight: China 10-2 Qatar; Japan 7-5 New Zealand; Chinese Taipei 8-3 Hong Kong; Australia 13-2 Kazakhstan.

Standings after men’s session seven (W-L):

MEN:

Korea (6-1) - Qualified for the playoffs
Japan (6-1) - Qualified for the playoffs
China (6-1) - Qualified for the playoffs
Chinese Taipei (5-2)
New Zealand (4-3)
Australia (2-5)
Hong Kong (2-5)
Kazakhstan (1-6)
Qatar (0-8)

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