China and Korea men remain undefeated on Sunday

China's third player Jiafeng Tian - © WCF / Tom Rowland

China and Korea played two games and won two games on Sunday, keeping their perfect record intact so far at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2019.

In the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Center, on Sunday night, China defeated Nigeria 16-0 and Korea beat Chinese Taipei 9-1.

Japan, Australia and New Zealand also won in this third men’s round-robin session.

Start strong

China opened with a score of five points in the first end and, skip Qiang Zou, followed that up with steals of three points in each of the second, third and fifth ends. Nigeria, new at this competition, fought-on but were unable to secure a point with the game ending 16-0 after seven ends.

Similarly, Korea built up a healthy lead, through steals, in their game against Chinese Taipei. Skip Chang-Min Kim forced his opponents to concede two points in each of the fourth and fifth ends en route to his team’s 9-1 win, after just six ends.

New Zealand, also completed their game in just six ends against Qatar. The score finished up 15-1. On two occasions, in the second and fourth ends skip, Scott Becker, and his team, took five points from the end.

In contrast, the remaining two games of the session went to the full ten ends. First, a score of three points in the eighth end proved the decisive moment for Australia as they went on to beat Hong Kong 8-7.

Getting better

Australian skip Sean Hall – © WCF / Tom Rowland

Australia’s skip, Sean Hall, said the experiences from early losses helped the team win on Sunday night, “It’s absolutely great to get our first win. We kept the game fairly simple in the early ends and we wanted to get some early points, which we did.

“Even though we lost our first two games there were positive things we took from those two games. We are getting better.”

Also, Japan and Kazakhstan were engaged in a closely fought game. At the fifth end break Japan were up 4-2, but Kazakhstan applied a great deal of pressure on their opponents, leveling the game at 5-5 in the eighth end.

However, with his final stone, Japan’s skip, Yuta Matsumura, was left with an open hit for two points to secure his teams win, 7-5.

Reflecting on the game, Matsumura, said, “We stole several points in the first half but the game was really tough. We just kept our strategy to play very simple and found the easiest shots to make.”

 

Results session three: Nigeria 0-16 China; Japan 7-5 Kazakhstan; Australia 8-7 Hong Kong; New Zealand 15-1 Qatar; Chinese Taipei 1-9 Korea

 

Standings after session three

China 3-0

Korea 3-0

Japan 2-1

New Zealand 2-1

Chinese Taipei 2-1

Australia 1-2

Kazakhstan 1-2

Qatar 1-2

Hong Kong 0-3

Nigeria 0-3

 

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Shenzhen, China

3 November 2019
PACC2019
Pacific-Asia