Sunday 6 November 2016
The women’s event at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2016, in Uiseong, Korea, got underway on Sunday (6 November) afternoon, with Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand all recording victories.
There were also international debuts for Qatar and Hong Kong women.
Japan’s, world silver medallists, skipped by Satsuki Fujisawa were up against newcomers Qatar and won 20-1 in just seven ends. Qatar, however, scored a historic first point in the fifth end.
On the next sheet, a dramatic game unfolded between China and Korea. China had a 7-4 lead going into the tenth end. However, in that end China’s skip Bingyu Wang missed a takeout, which handed Korea’s Eunjung Kim a draw for three to level the scores and take the game to an extra end. The drama, didn’t end there either – Wang had the hammer and was about to try to execute a double takeout, but ran out of time and lost the game. This meant no score was recorded.
For Australia, they were up against Kazakhstan and scoring six points in each of the seventh and eighth ends they were able to record a 19-4 win.
The match between New Zealand and Hong Kong was much closer. On their debut Hong Kong were strong, scoring three points in the fifth end to level the scores at the break. They also had a one-point lead going into the final end, with the hammer, but New Zealand’s Chelsea Farley was able to steal a two and win the game 8-7.
On Sunday night the men’s championship continues, including a live broadcast of Japan v Australia.
They said it:
Chinami Yoshida; third, Japan (after 20-1 win over Qatar): “We focussed on our play and found our weight and how much curl there was, so it was good. We were happy to play with Qatar because it is historic for the Pacific-Asia Curling Championship.”
Chelsea Farley; skip, New Zealand (after 8-7 win over Hong Kong): “It was good, we struggled in the middle part, but it came right for us at the end. Hong Kong were really tough and improved a lot throughout the game. They were beating us on the draw game, but when we changed to a hitting game we came back.”
Eunjung Kim; skip, Korea (after win over China): “We made mistakes in the beginning. The skip of the Chinese team [Bingyu Wang] made a very good performance. We were lucky enough to get three points in the last end and that was the driving force to win the game. I told them it was important to get three points and hit the guard [in the tenth end].”
Results women’s session one: Qatar 1-20 Japan; China L-W Korea; Australia 19-4 Kazakhstan; Hong Kong 7-8 New Zealand
Standings after women’s session one (W-L):
New Zealand 1-0
Hong Kong 0-1
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