Multiple wins for China on Friday night in Australia

  • China skip Dejia Zou Photo: © WCF / Céline Stucki

China’s women’s and men’s teams both played and won on Friday (3 November) evening at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2017, being held in Erina Ice Arena, Australia.

With the six women’s teams playing a double round-robin at these championships, China and hosts Australia went head-to-head in the only women’s game of the session. Scoring four points in the sixth end, China took a 9-3 lead, at which point the home team conceded the game.

Meanwhile, a steal of two points just before the fifth end break for Dejia Zou’s Chinese men’s team, set them on their way to a victory over Kazakhstan. The game ended 10-5, when in the tenth end Kazakhstan were run out of stones.

Korea men made sure they ended the second day of play undefeated with a 9-6 win over Chinese Taipei. This win was helped largely by two point scores in each of the second, third, fifth and seventh ends. Japan who also keep a 100% record intact, from three games, defeated Qatar 19-1.The defending champions looked comfortable from the outset, when they posted a five point score in the opening end.

The last game of the session was a battle of the Oceania teams, with Australia and New Zealand going head-to-head. Australia seemed to take control of this game from the third end onwards, where they scored three points and then stole points in the following two ends. The game ended 9-3, with Australia also staying undefeated after three games.

On Saturday (4 November), the first live game on World Curling TV and national broadcasters will be China v Japan in the fourth session of men’s round-robin games. This will be live at 14:00 (Australian Eastern Daylight Time, +11 hours Greenwich Mean Time). Note geo-blocking may apply in your area.

They said it

Hugh Millikin; skip, Australia (after 9-3 win over New Zealand): “The ice was a bit tricky and we were playing easier shots than them. They played the finesse shots and they got a bit unlucky when they over bent. Going three and ‘O’ is a good start. Our objective is to get to the play-offs and then win one of two games to get to the worlds - so we’re confident.”

Marcel Rocque; coach China men (after 10-5 win over Kazakhstan): ”[Two wins today] is a real nice start. All these wins are important, because when you play the likes of Japan, Korea and Australia who have a lot of experience it'll be tough. This is a good opportunity [for some new players] as it’s close to the Olympic Qualification Event in Pilsen. These guys have trained hard and are new teams – it takes time to gel and I’m pleased how well we started here."

Men’s session three results: Korea 9-6 Chinese Taipei; China 10-5 Kazakhstan; Japan 19-1 Qatar; Australia 9-3 New Zealand

Women’s game in this session: Australia 3-9 China

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

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

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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