Four teams tied for second place

  • Japan win close fought victory over Korea Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

Tuesday (8 November) evening at the Uiseong Curling Training Center in Korea, featured the men’s session six games and saw wins for New Zealand, China, Kazakhstan and Japan.

Japan handed hosts, Korea, their first defeat of the week in a tense encounter by a score of 6-5.

After a mistake filled opening few ends from both teams, they settled into an entertaining and aggressive game, that featured the precision draws and fantastic takeouts that both sides are well known for.

Korea took a 4-2 lead into the break after the game’s first score of two points in the fourth end and a steal of a single point in the fifth end. Japan struggled to find the opening they needed to get back into the game and after blanking the sixth end both teams would trade single points over the next two ends.

Japan trailing by two points managed to score the games second two-point end in the ninth to level the scores. The tenth end would see Japan skip, Yusuke Morozumi draw to the edge of the four-foot with his last stone to sit shot stone, leaving Korea skip, Soo Hyuk Kim with a difficult draw for the single point. However, his draw was a heavy giving Japan the single point steal and the win.

Elsewhere in the session, China defeated Hong Kong by a score of 10-5 and Kazakhstan defeated a spirited Qatar side 10-8, scoring three points in the final end to record their first win of the championships.

In the session’s final game, New Zealand defeated Australia 8-2 ensuring they keep themselves in contention for a playoff position and taking their place in the four teams tied for second place on four wins and one loss, while Australia are still searching for their first win of the week.

Broadcast coverage will resume on Wednesday afternoon with Korea v New Zealand men at 14.00 (Korean Standard Time) on World Curling TV and national broadcasters.

They said it:

Yusuke Morozumi; skip, Japan (after 6-5 win over Korea): “We really wished to win, and knew we could win. It’s a great feeling. Sometimes we were throwing good, but sometimes we didn’t have a very good situation. Sometimes I had to make shots to save the team, and other times the team made the chances. We really want to keep it going for the playoffs.”

Peter De Boer; skip, New Zealand (after win over Australia): “I’m glad we won. We didn’t play particularly well, but thankfully they played a little bit worse than us. The way the draw was setup I was really hoping we’d be unbeaten by now because we’ve got Japan, Korea and China to play. If we beat two of them we’ll be in the playoffs, one of them and we’ll have a chance and if we beat all three of them we definitely will be. So yeah, we’re feeling okay.”

Viktor Kim; skip, Kazakhstan (after 10-8 win over Qatar): “I am very satisfied. Qatar are progressing really fast, I’m really glad and happy that they are moving so fast. For my team, we played so-so but we can do much more. Next time we’ll do our best, but my congratulations to Qatar, they played well.”

Results men’s session six: Australia 2-8 New Zealand; Qatar 8-10 Kazakhstan; Japan 6-5 Korea; Hong Kong 5-10 China.

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

MEN:

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

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