Kazakhstan record first win of the championship

  • Kazakhstan win their first game of the championship © WCF / Tom Rowland

Monday (5 November) afternoon saw the men’s teams return to the ice for their fourth session of round-robin play at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2018, in Gangnueng, Republic of Korea.

In this session, Kazakhstan secured their first win of the competition when they defeated Chinese Taipei, by a score of 12-5.

Despite giving up a steal of one point in the first end, Kazakhstan bounced back with a score of two points in the third end and followed that with a steal of one point in the fourth end.

In the sixth end, fourth player, Abylaikhan Zhuzbay clipped on of his own guards with his final stone, but had fortune smile on him when the shooter came to rest in the four-foot for a score of five points and the 8-4 lead.

In the seventh end, Zhuzbay delivered a tap raise of another Kazakhstan stone to sit on the edge of the eight-foot ring, score four points and seal their win, by 12-5.

Afterwards, a delighted Kazakhstan skip, Viktor Kim, said, "For the first time in Kazakhstan’s curling we have a win against a strong team. We are in curling for 15 years, but only in the last four years we are practicing. We don’t have ice, but thank you everybody, everybody teaching us, all the Koreans, Chinese teams, we are friends. Curling is a friendship."

China and Japan, the only unbeaten sides in the men’s competition prior to this session, faced off. After opening the scoring with two points in the first end, China skip, Qiang Zou, played a precise draw into the four-foot ring to score two points in the third end and increase their lead to 4-1.

Japan responded in the fourth end when, skip, Yuta Matsumura played a difficult double take-out with his last stone for a score of two points to reduce the deficit to 3-4.

Then, in the ninth end, with the score tied at 5-5, Zou played a precise angle raise take-out to score two points and give China a 7-5 lead on the way to their win, by 9-5.

Korea faced Hong Kong in this session and in the second end, Korea skip, SooHyuk Kim, was left with an open draw with his last stone for a score of three points and the 3-1 lead.

Then, in the seventh end, with Korea trailing 4-5, Kim played a hit and stay on a Hong Kong stone in the eight-foot ring to score four points and retake the lead, 8-5. Korea then went on to win, by 10-6.

In the session’s final game, New Zealand defeated Qatar, 8-4. New Zealand opened the scoring with three points in the first end, on their way to a 6-2 lead at the break. A further two points in the seventh end was enough to hold off Qatar and give New Zealand their second win of the week.

The women’s competition continues tonight at 19:00 Korea Standard Time (KST) while the men return to the ice tomorrow (Tuesday 6 November) at 08:00 KST.

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