Session 4 Roundup

New Zealand women played well against Japan Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Japan men made it two wins from two this evening as they defeated Korea in front of a home crowd at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2014 being held in Karuizawa Ice Park Curling Hall in Karuizawa, Japan.

In that game, Japan opted to blank the first end before they gave up a steal of one point to Korea in the second end when skip Yusuke Morozumi got an attempted raised takeout wrong.

Japan levelled in the third end however as they scored one point, but could have had more had it not been for Korean third Tae Hwan Kim’s triple takeout earlier in the end.

Japan took advantage in the fifth end when a mistake by Korea skip Soo Hyuk Kim pushed a Japanese stone into the centre of the house which left Japan skip Yusuke Morozumi with an open draw into the house to score two points and gain a 3-2 lead.

The Korean skip made a hit but rolled too far to give Japan a steal of one point in the sixth end which gave Japan a crucial two point advantage

With the score 5-3 going into the ninth end, both teams short on time threw all of their stones through the house as Korea looked to take last stone advantage into the tenth and final end.

Japan had other ideas however as they eventually ran Korea out of stones in the tenth end to win 5-3.

Afterwards, Japan skip Yusuke Morozumi said: “We played really well in this game. We threw really well but we’re looking to continue to improve in future games.”

In the other men’s games during this session, China began their Pacific-Asia Curling Championship 2014 campaign with a 12-5 win against New Zealand.

This was China’s first game with their new line-up and afterwards coach Hongchen Li said: “We played ok today and I know we will get better each game. We just need to work more on our strategy and communication.”

Chinese Taipei and Australia played out a close game which had to be decided by an extra end.

In this end, Australia did not have to play their last stone following a couple of mistakes from Chinese Taipei skip Randie Shen, which gave Australia two points and an 8-6 victory.

In the women’s competition, both Australia and New Zealand put up a good fight in their games against China and Japan respectively.

Although Japan took one point from the first end, New Zealand took the lead in the second end when fourth player Thivya Jeyaranjan tapped out a Japanese stone from the four foot rings to score two points.

By the fifth end break, New Zealand were ahead 3-2 but Japan regained the lead as skip Ayumi Ogasawara drew for two points in the sixth end, although it did need an umpire’s measure.

In the ninth end, New Zealand’s Jeyaranjan made a tap-up to score two points and level the game at 6-6 before Japan got their victory in the tenth end after scoring two points to win 8-6.

Afterwards, New Zealand skip Chelsea Farley said: “The game went well and we all played really well, which we needed to do against Japan. We play Australia tomorrow and we’re hoping to carry our performance over into that game. We’ve had a few ups and downs but overall we’re pretty happy with how we've played.”

Japan skip Ayumi Ogasawara was pleased to get the win. She said: “Overall, we did not play as well as I know we can. We were not consistent in our plays this evening.”

She did however draw on some positives. She continued: “It’s great to have so many people here on site cheering for us. I participated in the PACC held in Karuizawa nearly 20 years ago, but there wasn’t any spectators or media at that time. Now we have both, which we really appreciate as their support gives us confidence.”

Australia blanked the first end in their game against China before skip Kim Forge made a hit and stay for one point in the second end.

China immediately took the lead in the third end when their skip, Sijia Liu, took out the only Australian stone in the house to score four points.

Australia got themselves back into the game in the ninth end after China skip Sijia Liu couldn’t remove one of the counting Australian stones to give up a steal of two points and level the game 6-6 going into the final end.

In the tenth end, China skip Sijia Liu made an open hit to take the one point needed to secure their 7-6 victory, their third win from three games in the Championship so far.

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

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