Friday 11 November 2016
Korea and New Zealand’s women’s teams went head-to-head, vying to keep their hopes of a place at the 2017 World Women’s Curling Championship alive, in the first semi-final of the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships on Friday (11 November) morning.
The hosts, posted a convincing 12-4 win over their opponents at the Uiseong Curling Training Center, Korea. They will go on to face Japan or China in Saturday’s (12 November) final at 09.00 (Korean Standard Time). The second women’s semi-final will be played at 14.00 (KST) on Friday.
Despite New Zealand missing out on a place at the World’s they still have a chance to take bronze and secure a place at 2017’s Olympic Qualification Event, which will decide the final two women’s teams for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games curling event.
Korea, skipped by Eunjung Kim, stole two points in the fourth end, which gave them a 5-1 lead and then stole again in the seventh, 7-3. However, in the eighth end New Zealand skip Chelsea Farley had the chance to score three points, with a complex double takeout, which would have reduced her team’s deficit to a single point. However, she didn’t get the right angle with her shot and was only able to score one point, taking the score to 4-7.
In the ninth and final end, skip Kim was able to fill the house and deliver a perfect nose hit, in-between her stones to score five points with her last stone and win the game, 12-4.
The next women’s final between Japan and China will be broadcast live on World Curling TV and national broadcasters. China as hosts of the next World Women’s Curling Championship have already qualified for the Worlds, so if they win, Korea will join them in Beijing. However, if they lose Japan and Korea will meet in the final and the winner will not only take gold, but the one coveted place at the Worlds.
They said it:
Eunjung Kim; skip, Korea (after 12-4 win over New Zealand): "We are hoping for China to come through so we can get our ticket to the World championship, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t playing our games, if Japan win and we have to compete with them we will have another game. We want to keep up our condition and we will focus on our own shots and will think over our mistakes to keep our confidence up for the final."
Result women’s first semi-final: New Zealand 4-12 Korea
Standings after women’s first semi-final (W-L):
GF Korea 7-1
Q China 6-1
Q Japan 6-1
BF New Zealand 4-4
Hong Kong 2-5
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