Session 2 Roundup

China won their opening game of the PACC with a victory against New Zealand Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Korea women finished the first day of play undefeated after victory over hosts Japan in the second session of play at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2014 being held at the Karuizawa Ice Park Curling Hall in Karuizawa, Japan.

After blanking the first end, Korea skip Eun Jung Kim made a draw to the back of the house to take two points in the second end of their game against Japan.

In the third end, Japan skip Ayumi Ogasawara attempted a double take-out but it jammed and gave Korea a steal of one point and 3-0 lead.

Ogasawara did however get her team on the scoreboard in the fourth end as she made a hit for one point.

Korea skip Eun Jung Kim then caught a guard with her last stone of the fifth end to give up a steal of one point which brought Japan back into the game as they went into the fifth end break with only one point separating the teams.

Kim did however make up for that mistake in the sixth end as she made a hit to take two points.

Japan’s Ogasawara then drew to button with her last stone in seventh end for one point before her team stole another point in the eighth end when Korea skip Eun Jung Kim opted to throw her stone through the house.

Korea blanked the ninth end to take last stone advantage in the final end.

This proved crucial as they secured one point to take their second victory of the day, 6-4, thanks in part to a double takeout by Korea third Kyeong Ae Kim with her second stone.

After the game, Korea skip Eun Jung Kim said: “I am very happy and excited to have won the first two games of this Championship. It has given us a lot of confidence.”

Speaking about her team’s goals she said: “Our aim is to get to the World Championships and our second goal is to get the gold medals.”

China meanwhile opened their Pacific-Asia Curling Championship campaign with a victory over New Zealand.

After sitting out the first session of play with a bye, China started well as they stole two points in the first end after New Zealand fourth player Thivya Jeyaranjan was heavy with her final draw.

China then stole single points in the next three ends to take a 5-0 lead.

New Zealand’s Jeyaranjan did make amends in the fifth end with a hit and roll, taking out a Chinese counter on the button in the process, to score one point.

New Zealand suffered another major blow in the sixth end when fourth player Thivya Jeyaranjan’s attempted takeout with her last stone was wide and went through the house to leave China with a draw to score four points.

Although New Zealand picked up another point in the seventh end, China skip Sijia Liu made a takeout for three points in the eighth end to make the score 12-2 at which point New Zealand decided to concede.

After the game, China skip Sijia Liu said: “I’m very happy with my team’s performance but I know we can do better. We are just taking it one game at a time and not thinking about the end of the Championships yet.”

The third session of play will see the start of the men’s competition where it is New Zealand v Chinese Taipei; Australia v Korea and Japan v Kazakhstan. In the women’s competition, it’s China v Japan (WCTV webstream) and Korea v Australia, all at 09:00 local time (JST)

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