Session 6 Roundup

Chinese Taipei skip Randie Shen celebrated his birthday with a win against Kazakhstan Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Japan remain the only men’s team yet to lose after defeating China in the sixth session of play at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2014 being held in the Karuizawa Ice Park Curling Hall in Karuizawa, Japan.

The two teams went into their evening game with 100 percent records and it was Japan who took the initiative.

After stealing one point in the second end, Japan stole another three points in the third end when China skip Jialiang Zang was light with his final draw.

Japan all but put the game beyond China in the fifth end when skip Yusuke Morozumi made a run-back to clear the only Chinese stone in the house to take five points to make the score 9-1 at the fifth end break.

China played on but conceded after seven ends of play with the final score 10-2 to Japan.

After the game, Japan skip Yusuke Morozumi spoke of that important fifth end. He said: “We played well right from the beginning of the end. We had our stones in good positions and although the Chinese team were trying to knock them out, we made the better shots and that lead us to the big score.”

On the importance of that win, Morozumi said: “Thinking about the best of three system used in the play-off stages of the competition, we don’t know who our opponent will be therefore it is really important to win as many games as possible during the round-robin.”

In the other men’s games during this session, New Zealand picked up their first win of the Championship as they defeated trans-Tasman neighbours Australia.

A raise triple take-out in the eighth end by New Zealand skip Kenny Thomson helped set up fourth player Scott Becker who made a draw for two points which proved crucial at that stage of the game.

New Zealand went on to win 7-5 after running Australia out of stones in the tenth end.

Following their first win, skip Kenny Thomson said: “The first time we played together was yesterday against Chinese Taipei and we made some basic errors that could have been avoided with a bit more experience but we’re beginning to get to know each other and it’s great to get that first win on the board.”

On the game against Australia he said: “The fact that we were on the ice against Australia gave us that little bit of a lift. There’s a certain buzz around this game, it gives us more of a desire to win that particular game. There’s great camaraderie out there - we get on really well on the ice but there’s a great bit of rivalry and everyone, on both teams, wants to win that game.”

Chinese Taipei meanwhile stole every single end in their game against Kazakhstan to win 11-0.

After this, their second win, skip Randie Shen, celebrating his birthday today, said: “Going without a hammer for a whole game was a first ever for me. It was a difficult one for us to stay focused, but we stuck to our game plan, kept it simple and got some luck.”

In the women’s games during session six, Korea maintained their unbeaten record as they defeated New Zealand.

Korea skip Eun Jung Kim made a hit for three points in the first end to take a lead they would never lose.

New Zealand decided to concede the game after the seventh end when Korea skip Eun Jung Kim made a draw for four points to make the final score 9-2.

Meanwhile, Japan women got off to the perfect start against Australia after some good set up play combined with some key mistakes by Australia allowed Japan skip Ayumi Ogasawara to make a takeout for six points.

Australia could not find a way back into the game after losing so many points early on and eventually conceded the game after six ends of play with the final score 9-3.

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

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