Semi-final places set as Japan, Korea and New Zealand qualify on day five

  • Japan qualify for PACC semi-finals © WCF / Tom Rowland


Day five drew to a close at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2018 in Gangneung, Republic of Korea with the men’s eighth session of round-robin play and saw the Japan, Korea and New Zealand secure the remaining semi-final places.

Japan faced Chinese Taipei in this session knowing that a win would guarantee their semi-final place and in the third end, Japan skip, Yuta Matsumura hit the lone Chinese Taipei counter to score a single point and take a 3-1 lead.

Chinese Taipei fought back, and in the seventh end, skip Randolph Shen played a double take-out with his final stone to score one point and reduce the deficit to, 4-5. Chinese Taipei then forced a steal of one point in the ninth end to level the scores at 5-5, with one end left to play.

In that tenth end, Matsumura used is last stone advantage to draw to the button for the single point needed for their 6-5 win and a place in the semi-finals.

Afterwards, Matsumura said, “The play-off will be a big fight and we look forward to it. We have to focus more on the strategic things with the coaches and that will make us better.”

China met New Zealand in this session and opened the scoring with three points in the first end on their way to a 4-3 lead at the break. A score of one point in the sixth end, then a two-point steal in the seventh end gave them a 7-3 lead.

New Zealand responded in the eighth end with a score of three points, when skip, Scott Becker, hit out the single Chinese counter with his last stone to reduce the deficit to 6-7.

China then scored an open draw for one point in the tenth to win, 8-6.

Despite the loss, New Zealand secured their place in the semi-finals after Chinese Taipei’s loss to Japan.

Korea came into their final round-robin game knowing that only a win over Kazakhstan would give them a chance of a semi-final place.

With the scores level at 2-2 after the first two ends, Korea went on a run scoring three points in the third end, before stealing a single point in the fourth end, then three more points in the fifth end for a 9-2 lead at the break.

Korea went on to score four more points in the seventh end, before stealing single points in the eighth and ninth end to secure the win, 15-3.

Their place in the semi-finals was confirmed after Japan defeated Chinese Taipei.

Afterwards, Kim said, “It was a very good play. We managed to keep up the level of our game, taking the stones one by one. I’m happy. Tomorrow we rest, I’m very tired. We hope to reach the final.”

In the session’s final game, Hong Kong picked up their third win of the week when they defeated New Zealand, by 10-4.

The men’s championship continues with the final round-robin session tomorrow (Thursday 8 November) at 14:00 Korea Standard Time.

Results

Session eight: China 8-6 New Zealand; Chinese Taipei 5-6 Japan; Australia 4-10 Hong Kong; Korea 13-3 Kazakhstan.

Standings (W-L)

China (7-0) Q
Japan (6-1) Q
New Zealand (5-2) Q
Korea (5-3) Q
Chinese Taipei (3-4)
Hong Kong (3-4)
Australia (2-5)
Kazakhstan (1-6)
Qatar (0-7)

Q = Qualified for the semi-finals

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