PACC 2013: Day 2 Review

Japan skip, Yusuke Morozumi, led his team to another two wins today Photo: CCA/Yang Gao

Japan men and Korea women maintained their 100% records to finish unbeaten after day two of the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2013, being held in Shanghai China.

Japan men made it four wins from four as they rounded off another successful day with a 10-3 victory over hosts and reigning Pacific-Asia Champions China in only eight ends. The key turning point came in the seventh end when Japan skip, Yusuke Morozumi, made a difficult draw to take four points, before stealing another two points in the next end at which point China conceded.

Afterwards, Japan skip, Yusuke Morozumi, said: “We played really well today in both games. I think we have started so well because we had really good practice in Canada then we went back to Japan a little earlier than China returned home. I think has helped us with our general condition and performance levels so far in this Championship.”

On the challenge of continuing their winning streak, Morozumi said: “We are focused on every single shot, one game at a time, and I think that will be the key to maintaining our good form this week.”

Earlier in the day, in the morning men’s session of play, New Zealand men emerged victorious from their Trans-Tasman derby against Australia. After crucial scores of two points in both the first and third ends they then went on to steal single points in the fourth and fifth end to give themselves a 6-1 lead at the fifth end break.

In the ninth end, New Zealand skip, Peter de Boer had to settle for only two points as his hit rolled out as he attempted to score three points. In the next end, Australia skip, Hugh Millikan, playing third stones, was heavy with his first stone and decided to concede with the final score 9-4.

Korea men picked up their first win of the Championship as they defeated hosts China 11-5. Korea started well taking three points in the third end but China hit back immediately, levelling the score with three points in the second end and then took the lead after stealing one point in the third end.

Korea skip, Soo-Hyuk Kim, made a difficult take-out through a crowded house to score three points in the fourth end and from then on they never lost the lead, winning the game after eight ends of play.

Chinese Taipei and Japan went head to head as the only unbeaten teams after two wins each on the first day of play. However it was Yusuke Morozumi and his team from Japan that took the victory in what proved to be a very close game.

The crucial turning point came in the fifth end when Japan scored three points to gain a 6-2 lead at the fifth end break. Chinese Taipei battled their way back into the game, taking three points in the seventh end but Japan held on to win the game 8-6.

Wednesday afternoon played host to the only women’s session of the day. Korea remain the only unbeaten women’s team after defeating previously unbeaten China. Skip Ji-Sun Kim and her team were decisive with their play, entering the fifth end break with a 5-1 lead, thanks to scores of two points in the first and fourth end and a steal of one point in the fifth end when China skip, Bingyu Wang, was light with her final draw. Korea clinched victory in the seventh end as they scored four points and a 9-2 win, their third of the Championship so far.

New Zealand followed in the footsteps of their men’s team as they defeated Australia. New Zealand had to work for their win however, as Australia led 6-3 at the fifth end break. But after taking one point in the sixth end, New Zealand stole their way to victory with single points in each of the last four ends to win 8-6, their first victory at this year’s Championship.

Afterwards, New Zealand skip, Chelsea Farley, said: “My team were really good today. I didn’t play well and they carried me through. We just played to our strengths and made their shots more difficult, but the key was working together as a team. We would love a medal this week but our first goal is to reach the play-offs. Our plan to achieve this is to try and make sure that teams don’t score more than three points against us with hammer and make sure we score with hammer every time.”

She continued: “So far we’ve done pretty well, we’re a new team – our first game together was yesterday against China. It’s pretty hard because we have to deal with the pressures of being at university or having to work, so we simply don’t have the time to train when other teams here can train full-time.”

In the other men’s evening games, Korea made it two wins from two today as they defeated Australia 9-6 in nine ends while Chinese Taipei got back to winnings ways with a hard fought 6-5 victory over New Zealand.

Tomorrow’s first session of play begins at 09:00 (CST). For more information about the event / schedule / team line-ups / past champions / live scoring and more information, visit the official event website: http://pacc2013.worldcurling.net

RESULTS

Men Session 3:
Korea 11, China 5
New Zealand 9, Australia 4
Chinese Taipei 6, Japan 8

Men Session 4:
Chinese Taipei 6, New Zealand 5
Japan 10, China 3
Australia 6, Korea 9

Women Session 4:
Australia 6, New Zealand 8
Korea 9, China 2

STANDINGS (W-L)

Men:
1. Japan 4-0
2. Chinese Taipei 3-1
3. Korea 2-2
3. New Zealand 2-2
5. China 1-3
6. Australia 0-4

Women:
1. Korea 3-0
2. China 2-1
3. New Zealand 1-1
4. Australia 0-2
4. Japan 0-2

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• The Ford World Women’s Curling Championship 2014 will take place in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada (15-23 March) http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/

• The World Men’s Curling Championship 2014 will take place in Beijing, China (March 29 – 6 April) http://wmcc2014.worldcurling.net

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