China win again and qualify for the semi-finals

  • © WCF / Tom Rowland

Day four at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2018 continued with the men’s sixth session and saw China qualify for the semi-finals, while Chinese Taipei, Japan and New Zealand all recorded wins.

China secured their place in the semi-finals after defeating Qatar by a score of 13-1 to sit at the top of the rankings undefeated on six wins. China opened the scoring with a score of four points in the first end and stole four points in the sixth end on the way to their win.

Chinese Taipei kept their hopes of a play-off place alive when they defeated Australia, by 10-3.

In the fifth end of the game, Chinese Taipei skip, Randolph Shen, played two perfect draws to the button to score three points and take a 5-2 lead into the break. In the second half a score of three points in the seventh end, followed by a steal of two points in the eighth end was enough for their win.

Afterwards, Shen said, “That win was huge! We had two really tough games against Kazakhstan and Korea, China were just awesome when they played us, so it was nice to just get a win here and get back on the right track.”

Japan were taken all the way to an extra end in their game against Korea. In the fourth end of this game, Japan skip, Yuta Matsumura tapped a Korea stone to the edge of the four-foot ring for a score of two points and the 4-3 lead.

Later in the ninth end, with the scores level at 5-5, Matsumura played a double take-out, clearing both Korea counters for a score two points to take the lead, 7-5.

Then in the tenth end, Korea skip, SooHyuk Kim played a difficult raise double take-out to score two points and take the game to an extra end with the score level again at 7-7. In that extra end, Matsumura drew his final stone to the four-foot for one point and the 8-7 victory.

New Zealand faced Hong Kong with both teams striving for a place in the play-offs. In the second end of this game, New Zealand skip, Scott Becker, drew his last stone around two centre guards to the edge of the four-foot ring for a score of two points and a 2-1 lead.

Later in the sixth end, Becker played an angle raise take-out to score three points and increase New Zealand’s lead to 8-3. New Zealand would go onto win, by 10-6.

The men’s competition continues tomorrow (Wednesday 7 November) at 09:00 Korea Standard Time.

Results

Session six: Australia 3-10 Chinese Taipei; Qatar 1-13 China; Japan 8-7 Korea; New Zealand 10-6 Hong Kong

Standings (W-L)

China (6-0) Q
Japan (4-1)
New Zealand (4-1)
Korea (4-2)
Hong Kong (2-3)
Chinese Taipei (2-3)
Australia (1-4)
Kazakhstan (1-4)
Qatar (0-6)

Q = Qualified for the semi-finals

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