Sunday 6 November 2016
Sunday’s (6 November) play at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships came to an end after the third session of men’s round robin play, which brought wins for Japan, Chinese Taipei, Korea and New Zealand.
Japan, who have previously won six silver medals, but never gold at these championships, and hosts Korea have now won three games from three. While, New Zealand who lost their opening game on Saturday (5 November) bounced back with two wins today. Chinese Taipei are also now on two wins from three.
At the fifth end break points had only been scored in one end in the game between Japan and Australia – Japan scored two in the first end. However, after blanking three consecutive ends, Japan stole another two points from Australia, in the sixth end before going onto win the game 6-1.
Chinese Taipei beat Kazakhstan, 9-5, while Korea defeated Qatar – who are making their international debut here – 22-2. Earlier in the day Hong Kong managed to keep Japan in touching distance throughout their game. However, against New Zealand scores of two points in the first and fourth ends, as well as a steal of one in the seventh and a final draw for four in the ninth end, helped the Kiwis to a more comfortable 10-3 win.
Play continues on Monday (7 November), with sessions for the men and women. The live TV games will be China v Japan in the men’s fourth session of play and Australia v Korea in the women’s third session.
They said it:
Peter De Boer; skip, New Zealand (after 10-3 win over Hong Kong); “We are starting to play better. We didn’t want to give them too many chances early in the game, which they did against Japan, where they felt like they could compete. We tried to play it tidy and take our twos when we had the hammer and just keep control really.”
Results men’s session three: Japan 6-1 Australia; Kazakhstan 5-9 Chinese Taipei; Korea 22-2 Qatar; New Zealand 10-3 Hong Kong
Standings after men’s session three (W-L):
New Zealand 2-1
Chinese Taipei 2-1
Hong Kong 0-3
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