First win for Hong Kong as China and Korea stay perfect
Hong Kong posted their first win of the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2019, at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Center, in China, on Monday (4 November) afternoon.
They had a 10-4 victory over Nigeria, who are still looking for a win in the competition.
Hong Kong’s skip Jason Chang and his team were able to build a substantial lead in the first three ends. This began with three points, followed by two and then a further steal of four points in the third end. At that stage, the score was 9-0. Nigeria did then get on the board with two points in the fourth end. The teams then exchanged points up until the ninth end, at which stage, 10-4, Nigeria shook hands.
Nigeria working hard
Though happy with his team’s win, Hong Kong skip, Chang, was quick to commend the improvements he is seeing in, newcomers, Nigeria. He said, “We played pretty well in the earlier games but didn’t get a win, so it’s nice to get it today.
“I’ve played against two of them [Team Nigeria] before – this time I can see their improvement. I’d like to see they continue to work hard and improve. I think they will be a really good team in a few years.”
Korea and China remain undefeated, now with four wins each. Korea defeated New Zealand, 8-2, in just six ends. This was helped by the open draw for three points that skip Chang-Min Kim took from the second end.
China had a bigger score against Chinese Taipei, 16-2. In the fourth end, skip Qiang Zou, stole five points from his opponents to take a 10-0 lead. In the subsequent ends they extended their advantage further, first with a point in the fifth end and then three in the sixth end. After this Chinese Taipei scored two points, in the seventh end, before the teams shook hands after eight ends.
China’s skip Zou commented on his team’s improvements. He said, “We had really good team communication today about the ice in detail. We’ve learned a lot from our new coaches and we did a lot of basic training, which I think really helped with our techniques.”
The remaining winners in the session were Japan and Australia. First, Japan beat Qatar, 13-3, after their skip, Yuta Matsumura, opened Japan’s scoring account with a draw for five points. Australia were against Kazakhstan. After initially exchanging single point ends, Australia stole three points from the fourth end, taking the scoreline to 5-1. Australia then went on to win 12-4.
Results session four: Japan 13-3 Qatar; China 16-2 Chinese Taipei; Korea 8-2 New Zealand; Hong Kong 12-4 Nigeria; Kazakhstan 4-12 Australia
Standings after session four
New Zealand 2-2
Chinese Taipei 2-2
Hong Kong 1-3