Japan women join Korea and China in Pacific-Asia semi-finals

  • Japan's vice-skip Chinami Yoshida Photo: © WCF / Céline Stucki

The Japanese women’s team at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2017, being held in the Erina Ice Arena, on Australia’s Central Coast, has secured its place in the events semi-finals.

Japan, qualify along with Korea and China, so far. The final play-off spot is still available with two sessions of women’s round-robin games still to play. Hong Kong and New Zealand are both still in contention for that coveted fourth place.

Japan, secured their semi-final position with a 15-1 victory over Hong Kong. They scored in all of the first six ends – including a score of five points in the second end.

Korea women, remain undefeated at this event, after winning against China, 11-6, in this 12th session of round-robin play. The Korean team is represented here, by the athletes who will compete for the host nation at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games in February.

New Zealand kept their play-off hopes alive at this event with a 10-5 win over the hosts, Australia. New Zealand had set up a 5-2 lead at the fifth end break, which Australia brought back to 5-5 after seven ends. However, skip Bridget Becker and her New Zealand team scored four points in the eigth end followed by a steal of one point in the ninth end to capture the victory. Australia’s women’s team have not won at this event yet.

The next live game, on national broadcasters and World Curling TV (note geo-blocking may apply), at these championships will be Japan v New Zealand men at 19:00, Australia Eastern Daylight Time (+11 hours, Greenwich Mean Time) on Tuesday evening.

They said it

Chinami Yoshida; vice-skip, Japan (after 15-1 win over Hong Kong): “I am glad to go to the semi-final, so we need to focus our performance. We prepare for the semi-final and for the next game, to play well. We have no disappointments because we are learning from the arena ice and we keep running towards the final.”

Women’s session 12 results: Korea 11-6 China; Japan 15-1 Hong Kong; Australia 5-10 New Zealand

Standings after women’s session 12 (W-L):

Q Korea 9-0
Q China 6-2
Q Japan 4-4
New Zealand 3-5
Hong Kong 3-6
Australia 0-9

Curling fans around the world will be able to follow live coverage of these championships via the World Curling Federation’s broadcast partners in China (CCTV), Japan (NTV), Korea (SpoTV), Hong Kong (i-Cable), New Zealand (Sky), USA (NBC) and the Olympic Channel. Coverage will also be available on the event website and the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV

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