Australia men qualify as Kazakhstan take first win

  • Three of Kazakhstan's team are juniors to promote development Photo: © WCF / Céline Stucki

Australia’s men’s team has qualified for the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2017 semi-finals, being held in the Erina Ice Arena, on Australia’s Central Coast, despite losing their latest men’s round-robin game to Japan.

Also, Kazakhstan men won their first game of the event, after a close battle with Hong Kong. That game finished 9-8. After seven ends Kazakhstan had a 7-3 lead, which Hong Kong came back from and levelled the scores, by taking four points from the eighth end. However, Kazakhstan’s two-point score in the ninth end proved vital to the end result.

Australia lost 2-9 to defending champions Japan, who qualified for the semi-finals on Sunday (5 November) evening. However, a loss for Korea during this, Monday (6 November) afternoon's session, cemented the home teams place in the final four. Korea lost 6-5 to China in an extra-end, with the Chinese taking single points in each of the ninth, tenth and 11th ends.

China and Korea now sit in joint-third place in the standings but are not yet guaranteed a place in the semi-finals, with New Zealand and Chinese Taipei closely behind them in the standings.

In the final game of this session, Chinese Taipei won their game – they beat Qatar 8-2.

The next live game, on national broadcasters and World Curling TV (note geo-blocking may apply), at these championships will be Korea v Japan women at 19:00, Australia Eastern Daylight Time (+11 hours, Greenwich Mean Time) on Monday evening.

They said it

Dejia Zou; skip, China (after 6-5 extra end win over Korea): “We are happy for this game. This is not an easy game for us. We don’t give up. We don’t want to think about the results, we just want to focus on each game and each shot. As long as we are right on the details we will get what we want.”

Viktor Kim; skip, Kazakhstan (after 9-8 win over Hong Kong): “We are promoting juniors. Our aim is three wins and one we have – we are progressing.”

Men’s session seven results: China 6-5 Korea; Kazakhstan 9-8 Hong Kong; Qatar 2-8 Chinese Taipei; Japan 9-2 Australia

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

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

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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