PACC 2013: Day 1 Review

The PACC 2013 got underway in Shanghai today Photo: WCF

The Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2013 got underway in Shanghai, China, earlier today and saw Chinese Taipei men create history as they defeated two Teams that they had never won against before, Australia and China.

Chinese Taipei had played Australia 12 times before in the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships without winning, so their morning victory over Australia, 7-5 in nine ends, proved an important milestone for them.

Later in the day, in the evening session, Chinese Taipei picked up another historic win, defeating last year’s gold medalllists, China, 8-3 in eight ends. The game proved to be tight throughout with the score 4-3 after six ends, however a crucial steal of three points in the eighth end secured their first victory in 16 attempts against China at this Championship.

Afterwards, Chinese Taipei skip, Randie Shen, said: “It feels amazing. Australia and China were two Teams that Chinese Taipei has never beaten since we’ve been involved in this Championship so it feels nice. The team were fabulous tonight, the boys worked hard with sweeping, I made a bunch of draws but it was in their hands and we did well throughout the team.”

He added: “The four of us have worked really hard this year, throughout the summer and playing a couple of events in Canada. We feel that we have a chance of beating the good Teams so getting the wins is just so much nicer.”

Earlier, in the morning session of play, Japan men earned the biggest win of the day as they defeated Korea 8-0 in only eight ends. The early part of the game proved to be tight, with Korea opting to blank the first three ends before Japan got the first points on the board as they stole their first two of eight points. Stealing single points in the fifth, sixth and seventh ends they secured their victory with another steal, this time of three points in the eighth end at which point Korea conceded.

Afterwards, Japan skip, Yusuke Morozumi, said: “Today all team members played very well - their performance was really good, like the other team, so we’re happy to have won. For the semi-finals it’s going to be the best of five games, so each win is very important.”

He continued: “Even though the Chinese team is very good and looks very strong, we would like to get the gold medal this year. The Teams in the Pacific-Asia region are getting a lot better, so I think this is really good as when these Teams go to the World Championships we are finding now that we are ready to play against the best Teams from around the world.”

China men won this event last year and they started where they left off with a win against New Zealand. Grabbing an important two points in the first end, they continued to lead throughout this game and eventually won 6-4.

In the only women’s game of the morning, Ji-Sun Kim skipped Korea to their first of two opening day wins, with an 8-4 win against Japan in what was another close game.

After Japan took a single point in the first end, Korea levelled the score with a single point in the second end. Thereafter they stole four points in the next three ends to go into the fifth end break with the score 5-1 in their favour. Korea never looked back and with another score of two points in the eighth end and a single point in the tenth end, they guaranteed their first win of the day.

Following that win, Korea skip, Ji-Sun Kim, said: “Today my team played quite good, but they are getting better each end that they play. It will be difficult to win this competition, but we want to win it and think we can. But we will be using this event as training ahead of the Olympics. We will not worry about getting first, second or third. We hope to progress our performance here but of course, we would love to win this Championship.”

Only two games were played in the afternoon session, both women’s games. China inflicted a second defeat of the day upon Japan, by in large due to a score of four points in the third end while Korea made it two wins from two as they defeated Australia 7-3 in nine ends.

In the evening session of play, three men’s games were played. Japan men picked up their second win of the day with a 12-4, six end, victory over Australia.

New Zealand bounced back from their earlier defeat to China to beat Korea in nine ends thanks to a double take in the ninth end by skip Peter de Boer to earn his team three points and a 7-4 victory in nine ends.

In addition to Chinese Taipei’s victory over China the only other game saw China women defeat New Zealand women. Bingyu Wang made a simple take-out for two points to seal their 12-5 victory inaz eight ends to finish day one with two wins from two games.

Tomorrow’s first session of play begins at 09:00 (CST). For more information about the event / Schedule / team line-ups / past champions / live scoring and more information, visit the official event website: http://pacc2013.curlingevents.com

Results
Men Draw 1:
Korea 0, Japan 8
China 6, New Zealand 4
Australia 5, Chinese Taipei 7

Men Draw 2:
Chinese Taipei 8, China 3
Australia 4, Japan 12
Korea 4, New Zealand 7

Women Draw 1:
Japan 4, Korea 8

Women Draw 2:
Japan 4, China 8
Australia 3, Korea 7

Women Draw 3:
New Zealand 5, China 12.

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• The Ford World Women’s Curling Championship 2014 will take place in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada (15-23 March) http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/

• The World Men’s Curling Championship 2014 will take place in Beijing, China (March 29 – 6 April) http://wmcc2014.curlingevents.com

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