Korea secure final play-off place as men's round-robin draws to a close

  • Korea win to claim the last semi-final place © WCF / Céline Stucki

The men’s round-robin has drawn to a close and the final play-off team has been decided in the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2017 tonight (Tuesday 7 November) at the Erina Ice Arena on the Australian Central Coast.

Korea defeated Qatar 12-4 to secure the fourth placed position in the rankings and the remaining semi-final place. Korea opened the scoring with a single point in the first end followed by steals of three points in the second end and another single point in the third end. A score of five more points in the fifth end gave Korea a commanding lead at the break that was enough for the victory.

Japan defeated New Zealand 9-1 in the live broadcast game to complete their round-robin undefeated. Japan opened the scoring with two points in the first end and scored a further two points in the sixth end before a steal of five points in the seventh end brought the game to a close.

In the remaining men’s game of the session, China defeated Hong Kong 9-3, while Australia beat Kazakhstan 10-2.

The men’s semi-finals will take place tomorrow (Wednesday 8 November) afternoon at 19.00 AEDT and will see Japan face Korea, while Australia will play China.

In the session’s final game, Japan women defeated New Zealand 10-4. The one remaining semi-final place in the women’s competition will be decided tomorrow morning at 08.30 AEDT in the last round-robin session of the championships.

They said it

Yusuke Morozumi; Japan skip (after 9-1 win over New Zealand): "We feel good. We really wanted to win this. It feels great to have won so far but tomorrow’s another day so we’re just going to focus on that and do our best tomorrow. We really want to win this and keep the record going, we have two more games and we want two more wins."

Chang-Min Kim; Korea skip (after 12-4 win over Qatar): "We are happy to make the play-offs. We struggled with the ice a little this week because we had no real experience with arena ice so far. But we’ve been figuring it out, so the next game will good for us. We will be ready."

Men’s session nine results: Australia 10-2 Kazakhstan; Japan 9-1 New Zealand; China 9-3 Hong Kong; Qatar 4-12 Korea.

Women’s session 13 result: New Zealand 4-10 Japan.

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

Q Japan 8-0
Q Australia 7-1
Q China 6-2
Q Korea 5-3
New Zealand 4-4
Chinese Taipei 3-5
Hong Kong 1-7
Qatar 1-7
Kazakhstan 1-7

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