Thursday 10 November 2016
The Thursday (10 November) afternoon session of play at the Uiseong Curling Training Center in Korea, saw the women’s round-robin stage draw to a close and the semi-final places be set.
With their win over Kazakhstan in this session New Zealand secured the final playoff place and will face off tomorrow morning against Korea. After blanking the first end, New Zealand would score three points in the second end and score in four of the next five ends including a steal of five points to seal their victory.
Australia defeated Hong Kong in an extra end in a game where they never scored more than a single point in any end. Hong Kong took a 6-2 lead into the break after a score of four points in the fifth end, but Australia responded with a single point in the sixth end followed by single point steals in the seventh, ninth, tenth and extra end for the 7-6 win.
Qatar would steal a single point from China in the opening end of their game but would ultimately be defeated by a score of 22-2 after eight ends of play.
In the session’s final game Japan overcame Korea in a close encounter with the key moment of the game being a steal of two points by Japan in the fifth end followed by a steal of one point in the sixth end on their way to the 6-4 victory.
New Zealand will face Korea in the semi-final tomorrow morning at 10.00 KST while China will compete against Japan in the second semi-final at 14.00 KST.
Broadcast coverage will continue on Thursday (10 November) evening with China v New Zealand men at 16.00 (Korean Standard Time) on World Curling TV and national broadcasters.
They said it:
Satsuki Fujisawa; skip, Japan (after 6-4 win over China): “I think that at the fifth end, when we got the two-point steal, was the big difference between us and the Korean team. We were not that bad after yesterday, we didn’t get disappointed, so we thought that we had to keep up the same play as yesterday. We think if we play the same way that we do normally, then we will be fine [against China in the semi-final].”
Results women’s session seven: Kazakhstan 1-11 New Zealand; Australia 7-6 Hong Kong; Japan 6-4 Korea; Qatar 2-22 China.
Standings after women’s session seven (W-L):
Korea (6-1) - Qualified for the playoffs
China (6-1) - Qualified for the playoffs
Japan (6-1) - Qualified for the playoffs
New Zealand (4-3) - Qualified for the playoffs
Hong Kong (2-5)
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