New Zealand open winning account at Pacific-Asia Curling Championships

  • New Zealand's Sean Becker Photo: © WCF / Céline Stucki

New Zealand’s men’s team have won their first game at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2017, after the fourth session of round-robin games, in Erina Ice Arena, in Australia’s Central Coast.

The New Zealanders posted a 15-3 victory over Qatar, who are yet to win at these championships. Skip Sean Becker and his team began in the match by scoring five points in the first end, followed by a steal of three points in the second end.

Korea and Japan also won, keeping them undefeated. Korea, were locked into a close battle with Hong Kong, which had the teams level at the fifth end break, 4-4. A score of three points in the seventh end for Chang-Min Kim’s team proved decisive, as they went on to win 8-6. Japan, the defending champions, beat China 8-5.

In the final game of the session Chinese Taipei beat Kazakhstan 12-5, after scoring four points in each of the sixth and eighth ends.

Play continues on Saturday (4 November) evening with the third full session of women’s round-robin games. During that draw, the game between Australia and New Zealand will be broadcast live on national broadcasters and World Curling TV (note geo-blocking may apply). This game is at 19:00, Australia Eastern Daylight Time (+11 hours, Greenwich Mean Time).

They said it

Sean Becker; skip, New Zealand (after 15-3 win over Qatar): “Very pleased to put the ’W’ on the board. It’s a tough game to play against a new country to curling. But, we’ve got a young team and we have had some tough games against the top teams. We don’t get to play on this type of swinging ice very often, so it’s great to get the guys in the groove throwing shots consistently. I’m happy the way the boys have played – the first time together and hopefully we keep moving forward from here.”

Yusuke Morozumi; skip, Japan (after 8-5 win over China): “We need to get to know the ice more and more. There are a lot of tough games, we just need to keep doing better and better.”

Men’s session four results: Qatar 3-15 New Zealand; Hong Kong 6-8 Korea; Chinese Taipei 12-5 Kazakhstan; China 5-8 Japan

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

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