Australia commence home Pacific-Asia Curling Championships with win

  • Skip Hugh Millikin directs his sweepers against Hong Kong Photo:© WCF / Céline Stucki

The Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2017 got underway on Thursday (2 November) evening, in Erina Ice Arena, situated in Australia’s Central Coast, with the host Member Association beginning the event with a win.

Following an opening ceremony, which saw State Member of Parliament, Adam Crouch, deliver the ceremonial first stone, action began in the men’s championship.

Australia had a hard-fought battle to achieve their victory over Hong Kong, which paid off when fourth player Dean Hewitt secured a three-point steal, in the final end, handing his team an 11-6 win. On the other hand, Japan were the first off the ice, beating Chinese Taipei 12-2, in just seven ends. A steal of three points, took Japan into the fifth end with an 5-0 lead, before they closed the game out with six points in the final end. This Japan team is skipped by Yusuke Morozumi and has been selected to represent Japan at the forthcoming Olympic Winter Games, in Republic of Korea.

Scoring three points in each of the fifth and eighth ends China beat New Zealand 8-3, while Korea’s men’s team, skipped by Chang-Min Kim – whose team has also been selected for the Olympics – won 9-2 against Kazakhstan.

Play continues on Friday (3 November) at 09:00 with the second session of men’s round-robin games and the first women’s game. The first full session of women’s round-robin games is at 14:00 on Friday.

They said it

Hugh Millikin; skip, Australia (after 11-6 win over Hong Kong): “We were strong all the way through. Hong Kong played very well and we couldn’t quite get away from them. But, we stuck to our strategy. There is always that strategy when you are up a couple [of points], do you play super clean and conservative or if your rocks are in good positions do you play for the steal? So, there’s that moment when you have to make a decision, which way you’re going to go and in that case we had our rocks set up really well, so we decided to throw the guard [in the final end] instead of the peel and that paid off for us.”
Kosuke Morozumi; Japan, lead (after 12-2 win over Chinese Taipei): “We feel really good, because we had some not good situations [in the game]. We like to play on this good arena ice. [With the Olympic Winter Games coming up] we have played a lot of events this year – we have had seven weeks in Canada already and we’re now here, so this is all really helpful.”

Men’s session one results: New Zealand 3-8 China; Chinese Taipei 2-12 Japan; Hong Kong 6-11 Australia; Korea 9-2 Kazakhstan

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

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

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), New Zealand (Sky), Japan (NTV), United States (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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