Wednesday 9 November 2016
Wednesday (9 November) morning at the Uiseong Curling Training Center in Korea, featured the women’s session five games and saw Hong Kong women record their first ever win at the international level.
Hong Kong women, in their first international event, claimed a historic victory in their fifth game at this level when they defeated fellow newcomers Qatar 14-4. After opening the scoring with two points, they would go on to steal three points in the second end and score four points in the fourth end on the way to their win.
The session also saw three teams secure a place in the playoffs when Japan, Korea and China all claimed victories.
Korea defeated Kazakhstan 17-1 after scoring in five of the six ends played, including steals of three points in the third end and four points in the fourth end. They would close out the scoring with a score of five points in the sixth end to remain undefeated throughout the round-robin stage.
Japan also continued their unbeaten run when they overcame Australia 8-5, helped largely by scores of three points in the third and eighth ends before running Australia out of stones in the tenth end.
In the final game of the session, China defeated New Zealand 11-1 after six ends. China would blank the opening end before going on to score four points in the second end and follow that up with a steal of two points in the third end. New Zealand scored a single point in the fourth end, but a score of three points by China in the fifth end game them a 9-1 lead at the break. A further steal of two points in the sixth end closed out their win.
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:
Ling-Yue Hung; skip, Hong Kong (after 14-4 win over Qatar): “It’s good to get the win in the column, I mean this is our first tournament together and the girls played really well, so we’re very happy. It’s very tiring [playing in their first international tournament], there’s lots of new things to learn, new rules and things like that, but it’s a lot of fun.”
Results women’s session five: Hong Kong 14-4 Qatar; Korea 17-1 Kazakhstan; China 11-1 New Zealand; Australia 5-8 Japan.
Standings after women’s session five (W-L):
Japan (5-0) – Qualified for the playoffs
Korea (5-0) – Qualified for the playoffs
China (4-1) – Qualified for the playoffs
New Zealand (2-3)
Hong Kong (1-4)
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