First semi-final match-up set and Hong Kong win

  • Hong Kong's vice-skip Derek Leung Photo: © WCF / Céline Stucki

The first semi-final game is now known for definite at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2017, in Australia’s Central Coast, Erina Ice Arena.

Wins for China and Australia’s men’s teams on Tuesday (7 November) morning meant that China qualified for the semi-finals and Australia, who had already qualified, guaranteed themselves a second place finish in the standings after the round-robin. That subsequently meant, China are guaranteed third place, therefore, the hosts, Australia and China will play each other in Wednesday’s (8 November) semi-final at 19:00 (Australian Eastern Daylight Time).

Japan, who did not play in this session will finish first in the men’s standings and with one more session of round-robin games, there is still the possibility of Korea or New Zealand qualifying for the semi-finals. They would play Japan, also at 19:00 on Wednesday.

China beat Chinese Taipei 9-4, during this session, with scores of two points in the sixth end, followed by three points in the ninth end. The home side, won against Korea, who are represented here by the team that will compete for the host nation at the upcoming PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. The score was 6-5. A steal of one point in the sixth end, looked as though it was the decisive point, as Korea mounted a comeback in the second part of the game, but not enough to win.

Hong Kong men also got their first win at this event over Qatar. Scoring three points in each of the first and fifth ends, they beat their opponents 10-4.

The remaining games of the session saw wins for New Zealand men and China women. New Zealand defeated Kazakhstan 7-1 and China were victorious over Hong Kong women 10-1.

The next live game, on national broadcasters and World Curling TV (note geo-blocking may apply), at these championships will be Korea v China women at 14:00, Australia Eastern Daylight Time (+11 hours, Greenwich Mean Time) on Tuesday evening.

They said it

Jason Chang; Hong Kong, skip (after 10-4 win over Qatar): “We played well this game. It has been a tough campaign – we had a slow start and didn’t have a good feel for the ice. We played some of the stronger teams really tight. But, we are starting to feel the ice better. We know the Pacific-Asia zone is really tough, there is no easy team – the younger teams are tough and can give every team a good game. For us, it’s about building for the future – our own play and getting some of the younger players playing more curling.”

Men’s session eight results: Hong Kong 10-4 Qatar; Korea 5-6 Australia; Kazakhstan 1-7 New Zealand; Chinese Taipei 4-9 China

Women’s session 11 result: China 10-1 Hong Kong

Standings after men’s session eight (W-L):

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

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,

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