Japan to face Korea for the Pacific-Asia women's gold medals

  • Japan progress to gold medal game © WCF / Tom Rowland

Japan join Korea in the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2018 women’s gold medal final and also qualify for the World Women’s Curling Championship 2019 in Silkeborg, Denmark after defeating Hong Kong, 13-3, in the 1v4 semi-final in Gangneung, Republic of Korea.

Hong Kong will now face China for the bronze medals tomorrow (Saturday 10 November) morning and have also qualified for the World Qualification Event 2019 in Naseby, New Zealand where they will have another opportunity to reach the world championship.

The bronze medal game will take place at 08:30 Korea Standard Time (KST) and will be followed at 12:30 KST by the women’s gold medal final.

Japan opened the scoring in the first end of the 1v4 semi-final when skip, Satsuki Fujisawa played a nose-hit for a score of two points and the early 2-0 lead. Then in the second end, Hong Kong skip, Ling-Yue Hung was light with her draw when facing four Japan counters to give up a steal of four points and increase Japan’s lead to 6-0.

After giving up a single point steal in the third end, Hong Kong scored their first point of the game when Hung drew her last stone to the eight-foot ring.

In the fifth end, Fujisawa drew her last stone to the back of the four-foot ring for a score of two points to lead 9-1 at the break. Japan would go on to steal two points in both the sixth and seventh ends.

Then in the eighth end Hung drew her final stone to the back of the 12-foot ring for a score of two points before conceding, giving Japan the 13-3 win and a place in the gold medal final.

After their win, Japan skip, Satsuki Fujisawa said, “It was actually the minimum tickets given to the Asian countries and we are happy to get one of those minimum tickets to the world championships, so we feel that we fulfilled our obligations as the Japanese national team. But since we still have a final match, so we are not going to loosen ourselves and we will keep concentrating on the final match.”

Result:

Women’s semi-final: Japan 13-3 Hong Kong.

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