New Zealand victorious over close neighbours Australia; Korea continue winning run

  • Thivya Jeyaranjan anda Jessica Smith of New Zealand Photo: © WCF / Céline Stucki

New Zealand women have won their first game of the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2017 on Saturday (4 November) evening, after the New Zealand men’s team did the same earlier in the day.

The team beat, their closest rivals in this event and the hosts, Australia, by a single point, 7-6. This close battle lasted the full ten ends and saw the score change hands on four occasions.

Australia took a three-point lead in the first end, before three single points ends for New Zealand saw the scoreboard level after four ends. A score of two points in the sixth end and then a steal of one point in the seventh end for the winners, proved a decisive breakaway that their opponents could not come back from.

Korea are now the only women’s team to remain undefeated at this event, after winning their fourth game. Their win on Saturday evening came against China, 9-3. Korea secured this win by stealing two points in the second end, followed by two three point ends, in the fourth and the sixth. China conceded after the sixth end.

In the last game of the session Japan faced Hong Kong and won 11-3. Skip Satsuki Fujisawa and her team only scored in three of the seven ends and in two of those ends they notched up four points en route to the win.

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 (5 November).

They said it

Chinami Yoshida; vice-skip, Japan (after 11-3 win over Hong Kong): “Yesterday we had two losses, so we just focussed on our performance and today we have read the ice better. We want to keep this up tomorrow. We always say ‘stay positive and in the moment’. We want to win, so we focus on each game and put in our best performance.”

Bridget Becker; skip, New Zealand (after 7-6 win over Australia): “It was my team not me [that turned the game around]. Jess [Smith, vice-skip] had a fantastic game and hardly missed a shot and the others played really well. Hopefully we will get better and let’s see where we go.”

Women’s session five results: Japan 11-3 Hong Kong; China 3-9 Korea; New Zealand 7-6 Australia

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

Korea 4-0
China 3-1
Japan 2-2
Hong Kong 1-2
New Zealand 1-2
Australia 0-4

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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