Australia women get their first win of the competition in the fourth round-robin session

  • Australia record their first win of the week © WCF / Tom Rowland

Day four of the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2018 continued on Tuesday (6 November) afternoon with the women’s fourth round-robin session and saw Australia, China and Korea all win.

Australia and Qatar faced each other, both seeking their first win at the championship and in the first end, Qatar stole two points when Australia skip, Tahli Gill missed an open take-out attempt with her last stone.

In the seventh end, Australia were trailing 2-4, when Gill played a hit on the lone Qatar counter to score two points and level the game, 4-4.

The eighth end was the turning point of the game. Australia applied significant pressure on Qatar, putting stones in the front of the house and guarding them. Then with her last stone, Qatar skip, Mabarka Al-Abdulla tried to clear a couple of the Chinese counters, but instead hit a guard and gave up a steal of five points for Australia. Australia held on to this lead to win, 11-6.

After their victory, Australia skip, Tahli Gill said: “We thought about the strategy before the game, that was coming out to the wings, but after a while our weight was getting away from us and we were going to the house, so we had to sort of rethink that and just calm down a little. I think the nerves were kicking in, so just about controlling that and refocusing on every single shot.”

Talking about the eighth end, she added: “After that five in the eighth end we still had to think about the next process. Even though you score a five there’s always a possibility to lose points, so just staying focused and thinking about the next shot all the time. But it was very-very good to get that five.”
China continued their impressive form in the competition by defeating Hong Kong, 12-3.

China started the game with a score of three points in the first end, then in the third end, when already sitting shot stone, fourth player, Yilun Jiang played a precise draw to the edge of the button for a score of two points and the lead, 5-2.

In the seventh end China kept the pressure on Hong Kong, putting stones in the four-foot, while Hong Kong were unable to make their take-out attempts. Hong Kong skip Hung Ling-Yue was unable to remove any Chinese counters with her last stone, resulting in a five-point steal for China, after which Hong Kong conceded defeat.

Elsewhere in the session Korea beat Kazakhstan with a dominant performance. After giving up a single point steal in the first end, Korea scored three points in the second and fourth ends. They went on to score five points in the six end and a single point steal in the seventh end to secure their victory, by 12-4.

After their win, Korea skip, Minji Kim said: “We were trying to heighten our performance, especially on the shots, and this was a way to the building of our team. In the evening we have a training session. What we are trying to do it to reinforce what we have done so far.”

The championships continue this afternoon with the men's sixth session at 16:00 Korea Standard Time.

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