10 for Ten as Kazakhstan record historic home victory

  • Olga Panina helps Kazakhstan to their first PACC 2015 win Photo: WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

Olga Ten lived up to her name as she skipped the Kazakhstan women to a 10-9 win over New Zealand in Tuesday's (9 November) late session of round-robin play at the Pacific Asia Curling Championships, in front of her home crowd in the Baluan Sholak Sports Palace, Almaty, Kazakhstan.

This was the first victory from either the men's or women's home teams at this event, and came about after a tense tenth end when New Zealand could only score two points instead of the three they needed to force an extra end.

In the other women's game in this session, Korea beat Japan by 7-2 to join China, who sat out this session, and Japan at the top of the ranking on three wins and one loss. In this game, Korea put the result beyond doubt with a steal of three in the eighth end after which Japan conceded.

They Said It:

Olga Ten; skip Kazakhstan (after 10-9 win over New Zealand):

"I'm happy, this is an important win for us. We planned to win this but all the way to the end it was very close. It's exciting to be playing at home, but at the same time it's extra pressure on our shoulders. Sometimes I enjoy that pressure, and we really appreciate the support that the crowd is giving us."

JI Sun Kim; skip, Korea (after 7-2 win over Japan):

"We're pleased because we won the game, but it was not easy. That's three wins now and our coach is really happy with us. Now we need to keep improving as we aim for the end of the week."

In the men's games of this session, it took all the way to a tenth-end umpire's measure to determine that Japan had scored the two points that let them claim a 6-5 win over New Zealand. This was a second blow of the day for New Zealand's play-off hopes after they had lost their morning game to Australia in an extra end. However, Australia also lost out in this session as they went down by 5-6 to defending champions China in another tight game that went all the way to the final stone.

In the other men's games of the session, Chinese Taipei bounced back from a morning loss with a 10-3 win over Kazakhstan, while Korea beat Hong Kong by 20-1.

The men have now played three round-robin games, with China and Korea sharing the lead, each unbeaten so far.

They Said It:

Jialiang Zang; skip, China (after 6-5 win over Australia):

"We played well in the first half of that game, but then we lost concentration and they came back. But we kept trying and it ended well."

Randolph Shen; skip, Chinese Taipei (after 10-3 win over Kazakhstan):

"Our final-end loss to Japan this morning was a real heart-breaker, but the boys were focussed for this game. It got a bit dicey in the middle, but we hung on in there and got a win. We've still got a lot of work to do, but we're back on course."

RESULTS, Session 5:

WOMEN

New Zealand 9-10 Kazakhstan; Korea 7-2 Japan.

MEN

China 6-5 Australia; Kazakhstan 3-10 Chinese Taipei; New Zealand 5-6 Japan; Hong Kong 1-20 Korea.

Standings after Session 5 (W - L):

WOMEN

China 3-1
Japan 3-1
Korea 3-1
Kazakhstan 1-3
New Zealand 0-4

MEN

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