Thursday 10 November 2016
The evening session on Thursday (10 November) at the Uiseong Curling Training Center in Korea, featured the men’s final session of round-robin play and saw Chinese Taipei claim the final playoff place.
Faced with the prospect of reaching the Pacific-Asia Curling Championship playoffs for the first time in their history, Chinese Taipei would play Japan in their final round-robin game with a win guaranteeing them the final place.
Both teams traded single points in the opening two ends, and after the third end was blanked, Chinese Taipei would steal two points in the fourth end. A further score of two points in the sixth end and a steal of one point in the seventh end gave them a 6-2 advantage with three ends remaining.
Japan brought the scores back to 6-5 with three points in the eighth end, but Chinese Taipei responded immediately with three points of their own in the ninth end before running Japan out of stones in the tenth to hold on for the historic win and finish third in the round-robin table.
Elsewhere in the session, China defeated New Zealand by a score of 7-3 to hold onto the second spot in the table. The game was close, with only single points scored after eight ends, leaving the score at 4-3 in China’s favour. However, with the hammer in the ninth end China would score three points to claim the victory.
Korea finished the round-robin with a tough victory over Australia by a score of 6-3 to top the table with a record of seven wins and one loss.
In the session’s final game Hong Kong picked up their third win of the week when they defeated Kazakhstan 10-8. Hong Kong were trailing 8-7 going into the tenth end with the hammer, and a score of three points in that end saw them pick up the victory to finish their competition on a high note.
Tomorrow’s men’s semi-final games will both be held at 19.00 Korean Standard Time and will see China play Chinese Taipei while Korea will compete against Japan.
Broadcast coverage will resume on Friday morning with the Korea v New Zealand women’s semi-final at 10.00 (Korean Standard Time) on World Curling TV and national broadcasters.
They said it:
Randolph Shen; skip, Chinese Taipei (after 9-5 win over Japan): “I’m speechless. I really don’t have any words for it. We’ve played this thing for years trying to get to the playoffs. We’ve had our moments but making the playoffs is something we’ve been striving for, for so long. I just can’t describe it.”
Results men’s session nine: Hong Kong 10-8 Kazakhstan; Australia 3-6 Korea; China 7-3 New Zealand; Japan 5-9 Chinese Taipei.
Standings after men’s session nine (W-L):
Korea (7-1) - Qualified for the playoffs
China (7-1) - Qualified for the playoffs
Chinese Taipei (6-2) - Qualified for the playoffs
Japan (6-2) - Qualified for the playoffs
New Zealand (4-4)
Hong Kong (3-5)
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