Live Blog: Day one at the PCCC
It went all the way to the end and Kenya came out on top in the extra end against Nigeria!
With a perfect draw to the button behind cover, Nigeria had a raise takeout to win, but ended up missing.
Indian men get first ever win!
You love to see it! Facing three stones, India drew to the button in a tied 6-6 game to defeat Kazakhstan 7-6. Well done – first showing, first win!
All-African game heading to an extra!
BOTH teams had a chance to win in ten ends, but after Nigeria’s last stone was heavy, an extra end is needed.
Kenya have the hammer and if they win, it will be their first ever appearance AND win on the World Curling stage.
Early night for all
The final scores from tonight’s women’s session:
Kazakhstan 3-11 New Zealand
Brazil 1-13 Korea
United States 7-1
Japan 15-1 Hong Kong
Brazil 🇧🇷 lie shot after a nicely played take-out from Isis Oliveira. 👊
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When in Canada, eh?
Love a good donut. 🍩
Any guesses on which I chose? 🙃 pic.twitter.com/K9F1qPa1uJ
— Korey Dropkin (@kdropkin) October 31, 2022
To the B-Division we go!
Over at the B-Division arena, things are heating up.
First of all, Kenya is winning over Nigeria 8-3 after five in their historic debut.
India is leading Kazakhstan 5-2, Guyana is winning against Saudi Arabia 8-2 and Hong Kong is up 4-2 against Qatar.
After five ends, New Zealand, Korea, United States and Japan have commanding leads. There may be some come backs, who know?!
Strong starts for Korea and Japan
Korea is up 7-0 against Brazil after they came up light on their last draw, giving up a steal of three in the second end.
Japan scored four in the first end and stole another point to take an early 5-0 lead against Hong Kong.
B-Division underway next-door
Some historic moments in curling are happening in the B-Division next door. Indian men are making their first showing at a WCF event and we have our first-ever all African match! The growth of curling is incredible.
Session three underway
The women are closing out day one. Here are the evening games:
Kazakhstan v New Zealand
Brazil v Korea
United States v Australia
Japan v Hong Kong
Words from Korea
USA beat Canada in extra!
Dropkin picked out a lonely Canadian stone to defeat the hosts, 10-8 in an exciting battle.
Hmmm time out for USA
It’s an interesting end. A few stones in play at the top of the house – it’s managing how to get to the four foot on USA’s last.
Double for an extra!
Give Brad Gushue a double, good chance he will make it. Canada forces an extra against USA!
Two extra ends in two sessions, it’s another halloween treat..
New Zealand steal the W and Korea finish strong!
WOW, what looked like an on and off draw to the four foot from Australia, ended up sliding too far, giving New Zealand a stolen 6-5 win. What a game that was!
The Koreans scored three with a nose hit to win against Japan 7-5.
Meanwhile Gushue is looking to make a shot to force an extra.
Tensions are high
It’s only the first session and you can feel the tension on the ice.
Korea has a hit for the win.
Australia has a draw for the win.
Australia with the hammer
Well, you play all game and hope to have the hammer in the last end.
So that’s exactly where Australia is. Will they join the women’s team and complete a last shot victory?!
Chinese Taipei top Brazil
Our first men’s winners in this session = Chinese Taipei
TPE 9-2 BRA
Four for USA!
It was a trick for Canada. A treat for United States.
After Gushue’s draw against four American stones didn’t bury, Dropkin played a hit but rolled out, getting four to go up 7-4.
Could be trouble?
Nothing is over until the final shot, but right now USA is looking pretty good with hammer. They are sitting four buried. Brad Gushue will now have to make a good one!
Japan get right back in it
Patience has paid off for Japan after scoring 3 in the sixth end to go up 4-3 against Korea.
Chinese Taipei have crept up on Brazil with steals in the fourth (2) and fifth (3) to take a big 7-2 lead.
New Zealand and Australia are battling it out with a great touch shot by Anton Hood to score three right back for a 5-5 tie.
And Korey Dropkin made another beauty against a potential three when he hit off a stone back four and rolled right to the button. Make it 3-3.
Korea 3-1 Japan
Aussies take the lead
It’s a battle from down under. Australia’s Dean Hewitt had to get into the four-foot to secure their third point of the fourth end to go up 5-2.
Gotta love a skip's deuce
We spoke too soon! While Dropkin did have to make a great shot on his last, it was for two!
Angle run and sticks it to take the lead 2-1 against Canada.
Canada looking sharp
Gulp…the Canadians have been putting lots of pressure on their friends from down south. They’ve been chasing all end with hammer.
Korey Dropkin will have to make something nice on his last shot.
Just a normal day...oh wait
A few sp0o0o0ky people at the WinSport Arena today.
Shout out to the Bat people in the crowd this afternoon pic.twitter.com/6xx2czbrhf
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— Curling Canada (@CurlingCanada) October 31, 2022
Opening ends in the book
An unusually messy first end between Canada and USA. United States skip Korey Dropkin tried a tricky tap to score a possible big score, but gave Gushue a steal of one.
Australia scored two over New Zealand and the other two games blanked.
The men are up next
We’ve got our first men’s session in Calgary starting in ten minutes!
Canada v United States
New Zealand v Australia
Korea v Japan
Chinese Taipei v Brazil
USA win in extra end against Japan!
Woah! That was close, USA rubbed off a stone top four and just rolled in enough to get one point and the win.
United States 8-7 Japan.
Draw to the four foot to win for USA...
Alright it comes down to this!
Tabitha needs to hit the full four to win.
Skips stones EXTRA!
Japan continue to put on the pressure, with shot stone back four and guards out front.
The old question – do you peel on skips first? Or try to get to the button first?
About those peels...
A dream extra end with hammer includes minimal guards.
Unfortunately that’s not the case for USA, as Japan have three centre guards…
A bit junky, but Japan are probably happy campers.
Oooof! Tabitha Peterson just missed a slash to win, giving Japan a steal of one to force an extra.
Let’s see how it goes….
Aussies have a shot for the win!
What a shot! Australia make an angle run back and stick it two get two points and the WIN! Great battle.
Don’t you love when skipper finishes hot?
Australia 8-7 Brazil.
Japan claw back
Well, well, it’s going to be an exciting final end between USA and Japan!
Facing two on the button, Tabitha Peterson tried to tapback a Japanese stone but it hung wide, giving them a steal of two go make the score 7-6 for the States.
Korea beat Kazakhstan
In a lopsided score board, Korea stole four in the eighth end after a heavy Kazakhstan draw to win 12-1. Korea plays tonight at 19:00 against Brazil.
We've got our first winner!
Canada scored a huge five ender in the eighth to win 11-3 against New Zealand. They face Kazakhstan in their next name tomorrow at 9:00.
Spirit of Curling in one photo
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Brazil steal the lead
Australia went through the house on a draw against two to give Brazil a big steal of two and a 5-4 lead after six ends.
Meanwhile, United States played a draw against three and limited the damage to a steal of one for the Japanese to tie the game 3-3.
Some times you just have to chuck it and hope
And that’s what New Zealand had to do when facing a cluster of red stones to limit Canada to a steal of one.
Canada 6-2 New Zealand
Big shot for Brazil!
Facing three, Brazil had to navigate a port and make a double take out to score a single. They did just that! Great shot to keep the game close.
Australia 4-3 Brazil after five ends.
Fourth end updates
Time flies when you’re having fun! Here are the latest scores.
Australia 4-2 Brazil
USA 3-1 Japan
Canada 5-2 New Zealand
Kazakhstan 1-4 Korea
USA pick up three
After a few blank ends by Japan, the Americans capitalized on a missed shot and drew to the eight-foot for three.
USA 3-1 Japan
Kazakhstan facing four...
Never the best feeling when you have to draw against four, but Kazakhstan’s fourth thrower Yekaterina Kolykhalova just bit the four-foot to get a single against Korea!
Korea 4-1 Kazakhstan
Nice shot Chinami!
It may be the first game, but Yoshida Chinami 🇯🇵 is on it already with a terrific run-back that removes all but one reds from the rings. 🤩
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— World Curling (@worldcurling) October 31, 2022
After two ends...
The Aussies are leading Brazil 2-0 after a missed draw by Brazil.
USA and Japan have blanked the first two ends – with Japan having hammer.
Canada are up 2-0 over New Zealand – in their first ever time playing each other.
Korea’s young team is up 4-0 against Kazakhstan.
Definitely some interesting match ups this week!
Women starting things off
This morning we’re opening the competition with four games!
Australia v Brazil
United States v Japan
Canada v New Zealand
Kazakhstan v Korea
Where to watch PCCC
Depending on where you are in the world, there are different options to watch the PCCC action.
Here is the broadcast schedule.
Plus, you can watch all sheets on the Recast’s Curling Channel.
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