China men edge past Australia in tense battle

  • China's third Xiaoming Xu Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

In the second session of men’s round robin play at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2016 in Uiseong, Korea, China edged past Australia, 7-5, for their second win of the event.

Also, on Sunday morning there were wins for hosts Korea, Japan and a first win for New Zealand.

The game between China and Australia was close throughout, with the scores level, at 5-5, going into the ninth end. China then went one point ahead in that end, when skip Rui Liu’s draw to the button, curled perfectly into position, as it brushed past the wide Australian guard.

Australia’s skip Ian Palangio made things difficult for China, in the final end when he froze to their stone at the back of the eight-foot ring, which helped set up a shot for two with his final stone. However, with China sitting with the shot stone in the final end, Pallangio opted for the more difficult tap-and-roll option, for two points, rather than a draw for one and the extra end. This shot didn’t curl quite right, missing its target, giving China a steal of one and the win, 7-5.

Korea confidently recorded their second win of the event beating Chinese Taipei 8-2, while New Zealand recovered from Saturday (5 November) evening’s loss to Chinese Taipei to beat newcomers Qatar 16-3.

After their loss to Korea on day one, Hong Kong made improvements to their game against Japan. At the fifth end break they were 5-6 down. They managed to keep Japan close throughout the game securing two points in each of the first, fifth and eighth ends. However, Japan’s four points in the fourth end and ultimately, their experience helped them to the win. The game ended 10-7.

On Sunday (6 November) afternoon the women's championship will begin, along with World Curling TV's live coverage. The TV game will be China v Korea.


They said it:

Kosuke Morozumi; lead, Japan (after 10-7 win over Hong Kong); “Hong Kong were competitive. We needed to find how we throw – for weight and for line – and we have found that now. We are feeling really happy about the win.”

Marcel Rocque; coach, China (after 7-5 win over Australia); “We were a little bit fortunate to get the win. But, the boys made him [Ian Palangio] throw his last rock and he missed. Ian played fantastic that whole game – he made runback after runback and made it look easy. It was unfortunate for him to miss that last stone, but fortunate for us. We need to get more comfortable with the ice – what we can and can’t do with it and build on each game.”


Results men’s session two: Chinese Taipei 2-8 Korea; New Zealand 16-3 Qatar; Hong Kong 7-10 Japan; China 7-5 Australia


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

MEN:

China 2-0
Japan 2-0
Korea 2-0
New Zealand 1-1
Chinese Taipei 1-1
Australia 0-1
Kazakhstan 0-1
Hong Kong 0-2
Qatar 0-2


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