PACC 2013: Day 3 Review

Korea skip, Ji-Sung Kim, has led her team to four consecutive wins Photo: CCA/Yang Gao

Korea women remain the only unbeaten team at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2013 following their win against New Zealand on the third day of play in Shanghai, China.

After taking one point in the first end, they stole another eight points in the next four ends. After New Zealand scored a solitary single point in the sixth end they conceded the game with the final score 9-1.

In the other women’s games, Japan picked up their first win of the Championship against Australia in the afternoon session.

After trading scores of one point each in the first two ends, Japan took a hold of the game as they stole one point in the third end and another two points in the fourth end, to give them a 4-1 advantage at the fifth end break.

Australia battled back however, scoring a single point in the sixth end before levelling the game after stealing two points in the seventh end to set up a tense finale.

Japan took one point in the eighth end and stole another in the ninth end which proved to be enough as Australia could only manage a single point in the tenth end to hand Japan a 6-5 win.

Afterwards, Japan skip, Ayumi Ogasawara, said: “This was a game we had to win. Even though the game itself was not so good, and I didn’t like playing in it, a win is a win and that is the most important thing. Australia were getting better and better in this game and the score was close so we’re glad we won in the end.”

On their previous performances she said: “So far, we have found it hard to gage the ice conditions, so we need to learn how to adapt to them better in each game. But everyone else has to deal with the conditions so we just need to read the ice better in the next games.”

Earlier in the day, in the morning session, China women picked up an important win against Australia as they looked to bounce back following yesterday’s defeat to Korea.

They raced to a 4-0 lead after three ends and although Australia managed to pick up one point in the fourth end, China took a firm grip of the game in the fifth end with a score of three points. The game finished 8-1 in China’s favour after only six ends, this their third win of the Championship so far.

Afterwards, China skip, Bingyu Wang, said: “Right now we have not been playing so well. We have had some problems reading the ice, some parts it curls lots and some parts it’s so straight, I think we have to be patient in every game.”

She continued: “Against Australia we tried out a lot of things that we might need later in the event and in future competitions. Of course, we are focused on the PACC, but then we have to concentrate on Germany (the Olympic Qualification Event in Füssen in December) and then hopefully the Olympics. So we will try everything here and build our confidence hopefully. This is a good competition and although we will be trying new things we still have to win and find ways how to do that.”

Three men’s games were played in the morning session, which saw New Zealand bring Japan’s 100% record to an end, but only by a few millimetres. Three measures were required during this game, but it was the last one that decided the result as Japan skip, Yusuke Morozumi’s final draw drew a fraction too wide to give New Zealand a steal of one point to seal an 8-7 win.

China men got back on track after losing their last three games with a win against Australia. China skip, Rui Liu, made a hit in the first end to score six points. After that fatal blow, Australia could not recover and conceded after the sixth end with the final score 10-1.

After the game, China skip, Rui Liu, said: “We won this game because we were better at communicating with each other - our players cooperated very well. We were also a lot better at reading the ice and the stones which helped. The last three games, which we lost, was because we found it hard to judge the ice and the stones and the weight at which to throw the them - we were not good enough but we were a lot better today.”

After losing their opening two games, Korea men picked up their third win in a row against in form Chinese Taipei. With the game 2-2 after six ends, Korea picked up two points in the seventh end before Chinese Taipei hit back immediately with two points in the eighth end. Korea again picked up another two points but skip Randie Shen and his Chinese Taipei team could not do it again, only scoring one point in the tenth end to give Korea a 6-5 win.

In the men’s evening games, China made it two wins from two against New Zealand at this year’s Championship as they ran out 9-2 winner after eight ends of play.

Japan meanwhile got back on track following their morning loss to New Zealand, as they defeated in form Korea 8-4 in eight ends as well.

The game between Chinese Taipei and Australia proved to be a lot tighter however. Chinese Taipei were leading 5-2 at the fifth end break but Australia got right back into the game after fourth player, Ian Pallangio, made a double take-out to score four points in the sixth end. They stole another point in the seventh end to lead 7-5 but Chinese Taipei scored one point in the eighth end then stole another two points, one in the ninth and another in the tenth end to take the win.

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 5:
China 10, Australia 1
Japan 7, New Zealand 8
Chinese Taipei 5, Korea 6

Men Session 6:
New Zealand 2, China 9
Japan 8, Korea 4
Chinese Taipei 8, Australia 7

Women Session 5:
Australia 1, China 8

Women’s Session 6:
Japan 9 New Zealand 2

STANDINGS (W-L)

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

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

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