Japan men become the first team to qualify for the play-offs

  • Japan win again to remain undefeated © WCF / Céline Stucki

Japan men continued the defence of their title with another win at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2017 on Sunday (5 November) evening, in the Erina Ice Arena, on Australia’s Central Coast to remain undefeated so far in the competition.

In the clash of two unbeaten sides, Japan beat Korea 11-5 in the evening’s live broadcast game to remain undefeated at the top of the men’s rankings and claim the first men’s spot in the play-off stage.

Australia won their second game of the day when they beat Chinese Taipei 10-5. Trailing 5-4 at the break, Australia took control of the game in the second half scoring two points in the sixth end before stealing four more points over the next three ends. This win ensures Australia remain undefeated in second place in the rankings.

In the remaining two games of the men’s competition this session, China beat Qatar 12-2 while New Zealand defeated Hong Kong 8-5 helped largely by a score of four points in the eighth end.

The final game of the session saw Korea women defeat hosts Australia 10-2, leaving Korea the only undefeated team remaining in the women’s championship and Australia still searching for their first win of the week.

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

Yusuke Morozumi; Japan skip (after 11-5 win over Korea): "With each game we’re feeling better and stronger. Everyone was making their shots really well, so we’re feeling more confident."

Sean Becker; New Zealand skip (after 8-5 win over Hong Kong): "We played pretty well in the early ends and their skip, Jason, made some great shots to bail them out because we were lying two or three every end. Then in the middle ends I got a wee bit more aggressive going for the deuce or a three and they were making some nice shots, so well done to them. They missed a couple in that eighth end and we managed to get a four out of it."

Men’s session six results: Chinese Taipei 5-10 Australia; Qatar 2-12 China; Korea 5-11 Japan; New Zealand 8-5 Hong Kong.

Women’s session eight result: Korea 10-2 Australia.

Current men’s standings (W-L):

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

Current women’s standings (W-L):

Korea 6-0
China 4-1
Japan 3-2
New Zealand 2-3
Hong Kong 1-4
Australia 0-6

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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