Japan begin Pacific-Asia Championships with win over defending champions

  • Japan begin PACC with victory over China Photo: WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

After an opening ceremony that celebrated many local cultural influences, and staged in front of a large enthusiastic crowd, the first session of play got the 2015 Pacific Asia Curling Championships (PACC) on Sunday evening in the Baluan Sholak Sports Palace in Almaty, Kazakhstan underway.

This session featured two women's games, with defending champions China opening against Japan, and hosts Kazakhstan facing Korea.

In their game, Japan produced a strong start and were 7-0 up at the fifth end half-time break. China fought back after this, scoring three points in the next three ends to reduce Japan's lead to 8-3, but a score of two more points in the ninth gave Japan a 10-3 lead, after which China conceded defeat.

The game between Korea and the hosts was more one-sided, with Korea, despite not having last stone advantage at any point, scoring in every end played. In particular, a score of five in the second end set them on their way to a 20-0 win.

Before the session started - as will be the case for every game played at these Championships, the umpires checked every individual brush being used to ensure that the team were conforming with the recent World Curling Federation moratorium on the use of brush heads constructed from fabric which has been textured, sealed or modified from its original woven form.

Play continues on Monday with the eight men's teams joining the women and starting their round-robin campaigns.

They said it:

Satsuki Fujisawa; skip, Japan (10-3 win over China):

"We are happy to win that. We had good communication and we played the ice well, so it wasn't really a surprise that we started well. Today was very good but we have to focus more and concentrate more in the future."

Ji Sun Kim; skip, Korea (20-0 win over Kazakhstan):

"It is always very important to win the first game. It makes the players happy. They have adapted to the ice so far, but as we go on we will improve and get better and better over the next games."

RESULTS Session 1: China 3-10 Japan; Kazakhstan 0-20 Korea.

Standings after 1 session of play (W - L):

WOMEN:

Japan 1-0
Korea 1-0
New Zealand 0-0
China 0-1
Kazakhstan 0-1