Korea and China men still undefeated as Australia achieve rare eight-point end

  • Korea skip Soo Hyuk Kim Photo: WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

The Australian men achieved that rarest of scores in curling – eight points from a single end – as they beat Hong Kong in Wednesday (11 November) morning's sixth session of round-robin play at the Pacific Asia Curling Championships, being staged in the Baluan Sholak Sports Palace in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

They made this score in the first end of the game and then went on to win by 16-3 to move into joint fourth place with Chinese Taipei on the rankings.

In the other men's games of the session, Chinese Taipei's skip Randolph Shen could not give himself the birthday gift that he wanted, going down by 6-9 to Korea, while defending champions China had an 8-1 win over New Zealand.

These results mean that China and Korea retain their unbeaten records and sit tied at the top of the table with four wins each. Thanks to their 15-3 win over hosts Kazakhstan, Japan are hard on their heels in third place, with just one loss so far.

They Said It:

Ian Palangio; skip, Australia (after 16-3 win over Hong Kong, including a score of eight in the first end):

"That was my first eight-ender, so it's pretty special. Like a hole-in-one on golf, it's pretty rare. For three of us it was our first eight-ender but Derek (Smith, lead) had one before and he lost the game!

“Hong Kong are really fun to play against. They're a great bunch of guys. For their first tournament they've come out and been competitive. After a slow start in that game they made a lot of shots. They made a ton of freezes and made it hard for us."

Jialing Zang; skip China (after 8-1 win over New Zealand):

"I'm very satisfied with the team's performance today. We're getting used to the ice and the environment, so we're getting better. We just want to play our own rocks, play our game and not worry about results. For me and the whole team we don't want to think too much about the final result. We just want to play our own game and then we'll see."

Soo Hyuk KIm; skip, Korea (after 9-6 win over Chinese Taipei):

"That wasn't a perfect game but we won, so we're very happy. We're not comfortable yet because we're giving up some easy shots, but it's very important that our team communicates and works together."

In the two women's games played in this session, Japan's skip Satsuki Fujisawa drew her final stone of the tenth end into position to score the two points needed for a 5-4 victory from a close game against China, while Korea beat Kazakhstan by 14-3. New Zealand sat out the session and Korea and Japan now share the lead, each on four wins and one loss.

They Said It:

Satsuki Fuisawa; skip Japan (after 5-4 win over China):

"We felt nervous there. That was an exciting game and a good win overall. That was probably our best game yet. We've been giving up twos too frequently, so we want to avoid that in the future."

RESULTS, Session 6:

MEN

Kazakhstan 3-15 Japan; Hong Kong 3-16 Australia; Chinese Taipei 6-9 Korea; New Zealand 1-8 China.

WOMEN

Korea 14-3 Kazakhstan; Japan 5-4 China.

STANDINGS after 6 Session (W - L):

MEN

China 4-0
Korea 4-0
Japan 3-1
Australia 2-2
Chinese Taipei 2-2
New Zealand 1-3
Hong Kong 0-4
Kazakhstan 0-4

WOMEN

Japan 4-1
Korea 4-1
China 3-2
Kazakhstan 1-4
New Zealand 0-4