Session 5 Roundup

Korea remain the only unbeaten women's team Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Korea defeated China to remain the only unbeaten women’s team following the fifth session of play at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2014 being held in Karuizawa Ice Park Curling Hall in Karuizawa, Japan.

Although China took the first big advantage in the game when skip Sijia Liu made a hit for two points in the third end, Korea hit back straight away.

Skip Eun Jung Kim made an angled raise to score three points to make the score 4-2 after four ends of play, a lead they would never lose again.

Korea took a steal of one point in the fifth end as China skip Liu clipped a guard with her last stone while a double takeout by Korea skip Eun Jung Kim limited China to only one point in the sixth end.

Korea eventually ran China out of stones in the tenth end to win by 7-4 and keep their 100 percent record intact.

Afterwards, Korea skip Eun Jung Kim said: “We were disappointed to lose the two points in the third end, but we refocused and got the three points in the next end – that was the turning point in the game.

She continued: “This year is a double round-robin and to have won all of our first games in the round-robin so far is good. We want to win all games, but this win certainly gives us a lot of confidence going forward.”

The other women’s game of this session saw Australia pick up their first win of the Championship against Oceanic neighbours New Zealand.

This game went right down to the last stone after New Zealand had got themselves within a point of Australia having been 9-3 down after seven ends before scoring five points from the next two ends.

Australia skip Kim Forge kept her calm in the tenth end to deliver her final draw into the house and score one point for their 10-8 victory.

After their win, Australia skip Kim Forge said: “It feels great to get the first win under our belt. We were solid in the first six ends and then we let them back in it. Maybe nerves played a factor and trying to defend a big lead is sometimes tough. We’ll learn from that for the next few games as we want to make the playoffs. We need to secure one more win, two would be good.”

In the men’s Championship, Japan kept their unbeaten record intact.

The hosts found it tough against Chinese Taipei, but took a crucial advantage in the fourth end when skip Yusuke Morozumi made an open hit for two points and a 3-2 lead.

In the eighth end, Japan extended their lead as Chinese Taipei skip, Randie Shen, celebrating his birthday today, wrecked on a Japanese stone as he drew into the house, giving up a steal of two points.

Japan then ran Chinese Taipei out of stones in the tenth end to win 6-4, their third win of the Championship so far.

Elsewhere, China remain unbeaten as they defeated Australia 5-3. This was another close game but China took an important three point lead in the eighth end when China skip Jialiang Zang made a takeout to score two points.

In the next end Australia could only pick up one point to make the score 5-3 before China ran Australia out of stones in the tenth end.

Korea recorded an 11-0 win against Kazakhstan, by in large thanks to a mistake in the second end from Kazakhstan skip Aleksandr Orlov as he clipped a guard with his last stone to give up a steal of five points.

This was Kazakhstan’s second defeat of the Championship so far. Afterwards, skip Aleksandr Orlov said: “We don’t have enough practice before the Championship as a team so it’s really, really difficult to play against teams like Japan and Korea. They train so well and sometimes it’s just too much of a difference.”

On playing in this Championship, Orlov said: “It is very important to be involved in events like this because this is the only opportunity we get to officially participate in curling events as a nation. If we are here it means that Kazakhstan curling is still alive which is really important.”

The sixth session of play will see Korea v New Zealand and Japan v Australia in the women’s competition and Chinese Taipei v Kazakhstan, Australia v New Zealand (WCTV webstream) and Japan v China in the men’s competition, all at 15:00 local time (JST).

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