Hong Kong record historic first win in third day of Pacific-Asia event

  • Hong Kong skip, Jason Chang Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

The men’s fourth session of round-robin games was played on Monday (7 November) afternoon at the Uiseong Curling Training Center in Korea.

Hong Kong recorded their first ever victory at international level when they defeated newcomers Qatar 9-5.

Qatar opened the scoring with a single point in the first end before Hong Kong would respond with a score of three points in the second end and steals of two points in the third and fourth ends. Qatar would score a further single point, giving Hong Kong a 7-2 lead at the break.

Hong Kong would score a single point in the sixth end and steal another single point in the seventh end to increase their lead. Qatar closed the gap with a score of three points in the eighth end when Hong Kong skip, Jason Chang was unable to clear a Qatar shot stone leaving their skip, Nabeel Abdulrahman Alyafei with an open draw to the house with his last stone. Hong Kong would blank the ninth end before running Qatar out of stones for their first win.

Elsewhere in the session China would defeat Japan by a score of 7-4 in a close fought encounter and Chinese Taipei defeated Australia 7-3 helped largely by a score of two points in the eighth end and a steal of three points in the tenth end.

These results see China sit in second place still undefeated, Japan and Chinese Taipei level in third place both with a 3-1 record and leaves Australia still searching for their first win of the championship.

In the session’s final game, Korea picked up their fourth win of the competition when after a disagreement over an umpiring decision, Kazakhstan chose to forfeit the game rather than continue.

Broadcast coverage will continue on Monday evening with Australia v Korea women at 19.00 (Korean Standard Time) on World Curling TV and national broadcasters.

They said it:

Jason Chang; skip, Hong Kong (after 9-5 win over Qatar): “The first ever win for Hong Kong was very exciting for us. We’ve been trying very hard so far in the tournament, we’ve played fairly well and it was just a matter of time before we got our first win.”

Results men’s session four: Qatar 5-9 Hong Kong; China 7-4 Japan; Australia 3-7 Chinese Taipei; Kazakhstan L-W Korea.

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

MEN:

Korea (4-0)
China (3-0)
Japan (3-1)
Chinese Taipei (3-1)
New Zealand (2-1)
Hong Kong (1-3)
Australia (0-3)
Kazakhstan (0-3)
Qatar (0-4)

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