New Zealand women keep semi-final hopes alive as Korea's teams continue impressive run

  • Thivya Jeyaranjan and Tessa Farley sweep Eleanor Adviento's stone Photo: WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

The Korean men's hard-fought 8-5 victory over New Zealand in Thursday (12 November) morning's second-last session of round-robin play at the Pacific Asia Curling Championships – their sixth win overall – maintained their unbeaten record.

In the other men's games of this session, being held in the Baluan Sholak Sports Palace in Almaty, Kazakhstan, China beat Chinese Taipei by 7-2 while Japan had a 19-2 win over Hong Kong. These two results mean that both defending champions China and Japan join Korea in the semi-final line-up, although the final pairings will only be decided after this afternoon's last round-robin session.

Australia beat Kazakhstan by 9-2, for their third win, and this puts them in a strong position to take the fourth and final semi-final slot. They play Chinese Taipei in a vital last round-robin game – victory would seal qualification for Australia while a loss would force a tie-breaker.

In the women's games of this session, New Zealand had their first win so far, beating Kazakhstan by 8-6, while Korea had a 9-1 win over Japan.

With Korea, China and Japan already qualified for the semi-finals, the New Zealand win increases the probability of the need for a tie-breaker to determine whether New Zealand or Kazakhstan take up the fourth semi-final place.

They Said It:

MEN

Jialiang Zang; skip, China (after 7-2 win over Chinese Taipei):

"We wanted to stick to our own plan in playing this game, we didn't want to depend on the last round-robin game to make progress. Now we're qualified for the semi-finals, that's our first target. Now we will make good preparations for the play-offs because the situation now changes – we will only have one chance to make it to the final."

WOMEN

Chelsea Farley; skip, New Zealand (after 8-6 win over Kazakhstan):

"That was definitely a must-win game if we were to continue on. It's looking like a tie-breaker now. So far, we've had some really good ends but we've had a few where we've been inconsistent. Unfortunately, they've tended to be the same ends, especially in the last ends because usually we're going for all or nothing, but we're happy to still be alive."

Ji Sun Kim; skip, Korea (after 9-1 win over Japan):

"We're happy about that game and now we want to finish number one on the rankings. We have one more round-robin game and we want to make sure we keep our standard high for that."

RESULTS, Session 8:

MEN

Australia 9-2 Kazakhstan; New Zealand 5-8 Korea; China 7-2 Chinese Taipei; Japan 19-2 Hong Kong.

WOMEN

Japan 1-9 Korea; Kazakhstan 6-8 New Zealand.

STANDINGS after 8 Session (W - L):

MEN

Korea 6-0 - qualified
China 6-1 - qualified
Japan 5-1 - qualified
Australia 3-3
New Zealand 2-4
Chinese Taipei 2-4
Kazakhstan 1-5
Hong Kong 0-6

WOMEN

Korea 6-1 - qualified
China 4-2 - qualified
Japan 4-2 - qualified
New Zealand 1-5
Kazakhstan 1-6