Saturday 5 November 2016
The Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2016 got underway on Saturday (5 November) evening at the Uiseong Curling Training Center, in Uiseong, Korea.
Eight Member Associations took to the ice for the first session of play.
Korea’s men’s team – the host nation and defending champions – opened with a 12-3 win over Hong Kong, while the men’s teams from Chinese Taipei, China and Japan also secured victories. Qatar men made their international debut tonight.
Korea’s experienced side, skipped by Soo Hyuk Kim, beat Hong Kong, who are competing in these championships for the second time. A score of four points in the fifth end and a steal of three points in the seventh end made a significant contribution to their 12-3 win.
After scoring three points in the second end, when skip Randolph Shen executed a perfect gentle tap-and-roll with his last stone, before stealing a single point in the third end, Chinese Taipei were able to hold onto the lead for the duration of the game and win 8-3 against New Zealand.
Single points in each of the third, fourth and fifth ends helped China to a 7-2 win over Kazakhstan, while Japan beat newcomers, Qatar, 19-1.
Play will continue tomorrow (Sunday 6 November), with sessions for the men and women. The women’s championship begins at 14.00 (Korea Standard Time). From that session China v Korea will be broadcast live on World Curling TV and CCTV in China and MBC in Korea. The TV game for the men on Sunday will be Japan v Australia at 19.00 (KST) on WCTV and NTV in Japan.
They said it:
Soo Hyuk Kim; skip, Korea (after 12-3 win over Hong Kong): “First thing, I tried to understand the ice, which was the main point for this game – first shot, first end, first everything, it is all very important [to begin with a win].”
Abdulaziz Almajid; second, Qatar (after 1-19 loss to Japan): “This is my first time in Korea and Asia, so I’m very happy to play here. It was a good game. I will learn from my mistakes and in the next game I will try to be better.”
Randolph Shen; skip, Chinese Taipei (after 8-3 win over New Zealand): “It was a fun game. We know New Zealand well and it was enjoyable to play them. We got off to a good start with a three [in the second end]. That gave us a cushion and the steal [for one point] was nice after that [in the fourth end]. The three was huge, early in the game.”
Results session one: New Zealand 3-8 Chinese Taipei; Korea 12-3 Hong Kong; Kazakhstan 2-7 China; Qatar 1-19 Japan
Standings after men’s session one (W-L):
Chinese Taipei 1-0
Hong Kong 0-1
New Zealand 0-1
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