New Zealand women keep playoff hopes alive

  • New Zealand women keep playoff hopes alive Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

The Wednesday (9 November) evening session of play at the Uiseong Curling Training Center in Korea, featured the women’s session six games that saw New Zealand win to keep their playoff hopes alive.

New Zealand took a step closer to the final playoff place when they defeated Australia by a score of 6-5. In a close encounter where New Zealand went into the final end needing a steal of one to tie the game, they filled the house with four shot stones, forcing Australia skip, Jennifer Westhagen to attempt a delicate draw to attempt reduce the shot stones to one in order to take the game to an extra end. Unfortunately for Westhagen she clipped one of her own guards, giving up a steal of two points and giving New Zealand the victory.

This win separates New Zealand from the rest of the field with a single game left in the round-robin stage leaving them needing one more win to secure the final playoff place.

In a tense back and forth game, China defeated Japan in cruel fashion, when in the final end leading 6-5 Japanese skip, Satsuki Fujisawa, holding the hammer, faced two shot stones with her last stone. Unfortunately for Fujisawa, her final stone picked up a piece of debris, changing its direction and leaving it short of the house, giving China a steal of two points and the 7-6 win.

Hong Kong picked up their second win of the day and second ever win when they defeated Kazakhstan 16-4. This win was helped largely by a score of four points in the third end followed by a steal of five points in the fourth end and another score of four points in the seventh end.

In the session’s final game, Korea defeated Qatar by a score of 30-0 after six ends. Korea opened the scoring with an eight-ender and closed the scoring with a steal of seven points in the sixth end for their sixth win of the competition to remain undefeated.

Broadcast coverage will resume on Thursday (10 November) afternoon with Japan v Korea women at 12.00 (Korean Standard Time) on World Curling TV and national broadcasters.

They said it:

Chelsea Farley; skip, New Zealand (after win over Australia): “I feel a little bit relieved. My team really played well to keep me in it, I was struggling a bit throughout the game and Australia were playing really good shots. I really thought they had it [Australia’s final shot]. They had a tough shot and that was all we could do really. We got ourselves into trouble early on and we had to hope that last shot went our way. We really want to make the playoffs because we know just one more win there and we’ll get a chance at the Olympic Qualifier, so it feels great.”

Results women’s session six: Japan 6-7 China; New Zealand 6-5 Australia; Korea 30-0 Qatar; Kazakhstan 4-16 Hong Kong.

Standings after women’s session six (W-L):

WOMEN:

Korea (6-0)
China (5-1)
Japan (5-1)
New Zealand (3-3)
Australia (2-4)
Hong Kong (2-4)
Kazakhstan (1-5)
Qatar (0-6)

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