Korea women begin Pacific-Asia title defence with wins

  • Korea women in action in Erina Photo: © WCF / Céline Stucki

Korea’s women’s team opened their Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2017 campaign with two wins on Friday (3 November), as the women’s event got underway in the Erina Ice Arena, on Australia’s Central Coast.

In the morning, the Korean team skipped by EunJung Kim – who will take charge of the same team at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games in February – beat Japan 8-5. They then followed this up with a 10-1 win over New Zealand, in the first full women’s round-robin session in the afternoon.

Also, during that session China beat Japan 5-3 - scoring a vital two points in the fifth end and single points in each of the eighth and tenth ends. The Chinese team is led by Yilun Jiang who is competing at this event for the first time since 2013.

Elsewhere, the hosts, Australia were not successful in their first game of the event, losing out to Hong Kong women – here at these championships for only the second time. Hong Kong’s win came with a three point steal in the fifth end and a big final end, scoring five points, to win 11-3.

Play continues on Friday evening with the third session of men’s round-robin play. During that draw Australia versus 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

Ling-Yue Hung; skip, Hong Kong (after 11-3 win over Australia): “Getting the win feels great, seeing as it’s the first game, we got all the bugs out and everything. It was good. I think the fifth end [steal of three points] changed the game. They were getting more aggressive and trying to score more points, but we seemed to have the draw weight better than they did.”

Marcel Rocque; coach, China (after 5-3 win over Japan): “It was a good game on both teams’ part. But, we were fortunate in the eighth end to get out of that with a steal, which determined the outcome of the game.”

Women’s session one results: Australia 3-11 Hong Kong; Korea 10-1 New Zealand; Japan 3-5 China

Current women’s standings (W-L):

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

Curling fans around the world will be able to follow live coverage of these championships via the WCF’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, www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV

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