Hong Kong keep play-off hopes alive while Korea make the play-offs

  • Hong Kong win to keep play-off hopes alive © WCF / Céline Stucki

Day five (Monday 6 November) at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2017 got underway with the eighth women’s round-robin session in the Erina Ice Arena on Australia’s Central Coast.

In the morning’s session Hong Kong defeated hosts Australia 10-4 to secure their second win of the week and with other results going their way, keep their play-off hopes alive. With the teams trading points over the first three ends, Hong Kong stole back-to-back single points in the fourth and fifth ends to take a 5-2 lead into the break.

Australia responded in the second half with two points of their own in the sixth end, before a score of three points from Hong Kong in the seventh end secured the lead they would hold onto for the remainder of the game.

Korea kept their 100% record in the round-robin intact and became the first women’s team to secure a play-off place when they defeated New Zealand 9-4. A score of four points in the second end gave Korea control of the game. They would go onto score two points in the fourth end before stealing two points in the fifth end to take an 8-2 lead at the break. That lead was enough to give them their seventh win of the competition.

In the session’s final game China defeated Japan 9-4 to put themselves into clear second place in the rankings. China scored three points in the fifth end to open up the game and give themselves a 4-2 lead at the break. A score of two points in the seventh end and three points in the ninth end were enough to extend the lead and give China their second win over Japan in the competition.

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

They said it

Ling-Yue Hung; Hong Kong skip (after 10-4 win over Australia): "We played well. We had our draw weight and that was key for our game today. Our hits were not so good but our draw game was very good today. Tonight's game [against New Zealand] will be really important. We were very close in our first game so we’re going to be riled up to win that one."

Women’s session nine result: Hong Kong 10-4 Australia; New Zealand 4-9 Korea; China 9-4 Japan.

Current women’s standings (W-L):

Korea 7-0
China 5-1
Japan 3-3
Hong Kong 2-4
New Zealand 2-4
Australia 0-7

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