Australia, Japan and Korea men win again and women’s championship begins

  • Korea's skip Chang-Min Kim Photo: © WCF / Céline Stucki

The men’s teams of the hosts Australia, defending champions Japan and Korea all recorded their second wins at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2017, in Erina Ice Arena, Australia, after the second session of play on Friday (3 November) morning.

Also, the first women’s game of the event took place between Japan and Korea. Korea, who are the defending champions and who’s team, skipped by EunJung Kim, have been selected to represent the host nation at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games in February, won this closely fought game.

A steal of two points in the fifth end, followed by a score of three points in the tenth and final end, proved decisive, in this 8-5 victory. Japan who are led by Satsuki Fujisawa are also the team to represent Japan at the Games.

In the men’s draw, single point steals in the third, fourth and fifth ends helped Japan to a 8-3 win over Kazakhstan. The hosts defeated Qatar, who are competing at these championships for only the second time, 18-2, while Korea won against New Zealand 8-5. The final men’s game was between Chinese Taipei and Hong Kong. Chinese Taipei won the game, helped largely by a six-point score in the sixth end. The game ended 15-5.

Up next, at 14:00 (Australian Eastern Daylight Time, +11 hours Greenwich Mean Time) is the first full women’s session at these championships, which will also include the first broadcast game – between Japan and China. This will be live on national broadcasters and World Curling TV (note geo-blocking may apply in your area).

They said it

EunJung Kim; skip, Korea women (after 8-5 win over Japan): “Our focus is reading the ice. In the middle end the ice conditions changed a little bit, but I think we had more focus in catching the weight, I think that was the difference.”

Chang-Min Kim; skip, Korea men (after 8-5 win over New Zealand): “After the fifth end the ice was ok for me, so I could win the game. The team played very well. I want lots of smiles, even if someone missed the shots, I don’t want them to be afraid to smile. They did well.”

Randolph Shen; skip, Chinese Taipei (after 15-5 win over Hong Kong): “Yesterday was a let down. We want to continue our run from last year into this tournament. But, it was only one game last night. Fast forward to today, we just wanted to come back strong from a tough loss and we did that. We dictated the play and controlled every end and came out on top.”

Men’s session two results: Kazakhstan 3-8 Japan; Australia 18-2 Qatar; New Zealand 5-8 Korea; Hong Kong 5-15 Chinese Taipei

Women’s first game: Japan 5-8 Korea

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

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

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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