Hong Kong reach Pacific-Asia semi-finals for the very first time

  • Hong Kong women's team Photo © WCF / Céline Stucki

The Hong Kong women’s team at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2017 – being held in the Erina Ice Arena, on Australia’s Central Coast – have qualified for the semi-finals for the very first time.

This is only Hong Kong women’s second time competing at this international event, after making their debut in Uiseong, Republic of Korea in 2016. It wasn’t an easy journey to the play-offs, with the qualification being decided in dramatic fashion.

At the end of the round-robin – where the six competing teams had played each other twice – Hong Kong and New Zealand, the only teams left in contention for the knock-out stages – after Korea, China and Japan had already secured their places – both had three wins and seven losses. They had then played each other twice and won one game apiece, therefore a tie couldn’t be broken.

This meant, it would come down to a draw shot challenge, to decide the qualifying team. The draw shot challenge is a cumulative total of last stone draws, which were played at the conclusion of the round-robin. The last stone draws are when the four competing members of the team draw one stone each to the button – each stone is then measured from the centre of the button to its final resting place. The draw shot challenge winner is the team with the lower average distance, after all the stones have been considered – in this case Hong Kong.

In the last women’s round-robin games China beat New Zealand 9-3; Japan won against Australia 8-2 and Korea, who remain undefeated at this event, defeated Hong Kong 7-4.

The next live game, on national broadcasters and World Curling TV (note geo-blocking may apply), at these championships will be the semi-final game between Japan and China women at 14:00, Australia Eastern Daylight Time (+11 hours, Greenwich Mean Time) on Wednesday afternoon.

They said it

Ling-Yue Hung; skip, Hong Kong (after qualifying for semi-finals): “It was very dramatic. I saw Bridget [Becker, New Zealand skip] put her [last stone draw] on the pin and I knew that they had a good draw to the button total. But, it’s all about a focus. This is huge for Hong Kong – qualifying after two years shows our programme is progressing.”

Results women’s session 14: China 9-3 New Zealand; Japan 8-2 Australia; Hong Kong 4-7 Korea

Standings after women’s session 14 (W-L):

Q Korea 10-0
Q China 8-2
Q Japan 6-4
Q Hong Kong 3-7
New Zealand 3-7
Australia 0-10

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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