Australia men secure first win of the week

  • Australia's Jay Merchant Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

The Wednesday (9 November) afternoon session of play at the Uiseong Curling Training Center in Korea, featured the men’s session seven games that saw Australia win their first game and several teams close in on a playoff spot.

Australia made a lineup tweak for this game due to a minor injury which meant lead Jay Merchant took the skipping duties for their first win of the competition. Australia opened the scoring in emphatic style with a score of five points in the first end followed by back-to-back two point steals on their way to a 17-2 victory over newcomers Qatar.

Korea bounced back from last night’s defeat to claim an 8-5 victory over New Zealand and remain top of the round-robin table. With New Zealand leading 5-4 after eight ends, Korea would score two points in the ninth end and then steal a further two points in the tenth end for the win.

Japan claimed a 13-3 victory over Kazakhstan in this session scoring three points in the third end and a further three points in the seventh end on the way to their win. This gives Japan a record of five wins and one loss to tie them second in the table with two games remaining.

In the session’s final game, China would face off against Chinese Taipei with both teams searching for a playoff place. In a tense game that saw three blank ends, China’s score of three points in the seventh end followed by a single point steal in the eighth end was enough to tip the balance giving China a 6-4 victory.

Broadcast coverage will continue on Wednesday evening with Japan China women at 19.00 (Korean Standard Time) on World Curling TV and national broadcasters.

They said it:

Jay Merchant; today’s skip, Australia (after win over Qatar): “I injured my index finger, so that was the reason for the lineup change today, but yeah, it’s been a rough week. We were really on the cusp of something there, we had a really good game against China that came down to the last shot and likewise we had a good game against Japan, but today it was a different story and we’re just glad to get the win. We’ve had a few close games, and it’s good to get a win on the board and we’d like to put two more wins on the board before we leave here.”

Results men’s session seven: Kazakhstan 3-13 Japan; Chinese Taipei 4-6 China; Qatar 2-17 Australia; Korea 8-5 New Zealand.

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

MEN:

Korea (6-1)
China (5-1)
Japan (5-1)
New Zealand (4-2)
Chinese Taipei (4-2)
Hong Kong (2-4)
Australia (1-5)
Kazakhstan (1-5)
Qatar (0-7)

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