Qatar win first ever international game

  • Qatar on the ice in Erina Photo: © WCF / Céline Stucki

Qatar’s men’s team have won their first international curling game, since making their debut at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships in 2016. They beat Kazakhstan 8-5 on Sunday (5 November) at the 2017 event being held in Erina, Ice Arena, on Australia’s Central Coast.

A score of two points in the fifth end, followed by single point steals in the sixth and seventh ends, proved decisive in this historic victory.

Another historic milestone, was also reached during this, the fifth session of men’s round-robin play. The hosts’ skip, Hugh Millikin, marked his 400th international appearance for Australia and did so with a win. Australia won against China 8-6, keeping them undefeated at these championships. Despite a sixth end comeback from China, which brought them within a point of their opponents, Australia held their nerve to see out the game with the advantage on the scoreboard.

Japan men also remain unbeaten. They defeated Hong Kong 10-1 on Sunday morning. New Zealand men won 10-2 against Chinese Taipei. They opened the scoring with three points in the second end and took two points from each of the fifth, sixth and seventh ends, at which point Chinese Taipei conceded the match.

Also, during this session the sixth women’s draw of the championships took place, with Hong Kong and New Zealand contending an extra end game. New Zealand won the match, 8-7, after battling from behind, with single point scores in all of the eighth, ninth, tenth and eleventh ends.

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

They said it

Kosuke Morozumi; lead, Japan (after 10-1 win over Hong Kong): “We can read the ice really well – we have confidence. We relax and get ready for a big battle [tonight against Korea, also undefeated].”

Hugh Millikin; skip, Australia (after 8-6 win over China): “That was a big win – it was really important. We kept the pressure on them and Dean [Hewitt] is just throwing great rocks. We had one little stumble in the game and gave up a three. But, after that we kept composed and stuck to our game plan, to force them for one when they had the last rock and for us to score when we had it. It’s a pleasure and a privilege to play 400 games.”

Abdulrahman Alyafei; second, Qatar (after 8-5 win over Kazakhstan): “An incredible feeling. We get excited to continue the championship in a good way – we want to win again and again. Thanks to everybody.”

Men’s session five results: Japan 10-1 Hong Kong; New Zealand 10-2 Chinese Taipei; Australia 8-6 China; Kazakhstan 5-8 Qatar

Women’s session six result: Hong Kong 7-8 New Zealand

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

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

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