PACC 2013: Day 4 Review

New Zealand played out an offensive game with Korea Photo: CCA/Yang Gao

Korea continued their dominance in the women’s competition in the fourth day of play at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2013 in Shanghai, China as they defeated Japan to remain at the top of the standings, unbeaten.

After blanking the first end, Korea took two points in the second end before stealing one point in the third end. This three point advantage gave them the confidence to go on and win, sealing their victory thanks to a score of two points in the seventh end before stealing three points in the eighth end, at which point Japan conceded with the final score 9-3.

Afterwards, Korea skip, Ji-Sun Kim, explained the key to their success so far. She said: “Our team coach has been helping us prepare mentally and we are feeling a lot better about ourselves this year, which I think has helped the team a lot. But we need to ensure our confidence doesn’t drop and remain focused, that will be key to continuing our form. We need to make sure we keep getting better and better so that we are at our peak by the play-offs.”

In the other morning women’s game, China faced up to New Zealand with both Teams fielded slightly different line-ups. China skip Bingyu Wang was replaced after the first end to give alternate, Yilun Jiang, a 2010 winner of the Pacific-Asia Junior Curling Championships, some game time.

New Zealand were also without their skip, Chelsea Farley, as she was preparing for a University exam later in the day. She was replaced by alternate, Elizabeth Matthews, making her debut in the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships aged 67.

The line-up changes did little to affect the outcome of the game, as China raced to a 6-1 lead by the fifth end break. This proved too much for New Zealand and they eventually conceded after eight ends of play with the final score 10-2.

Speaking of her debut, Elizabeth Matthews said: “It was great being out on the ice, but really it’s just another competition. I’ve played for Seniors for ages so it wasn’t a ‘biggy’. At 67 it’s pretty good though - it’s certainly been a long time coming! It was just unfortunate for the girls that they couldn’t field the normal line-up today.”

In the only other women’s game of the day, in the afternoon session, China made it two wins from two against Australia as they won 7-2 after seven ends of play. That leaves China in second position behind Korea, with five wins and one loss.

In the men’s Championship, New Zealand and Korea played out an extremely close game which went down to the last end. In this high scoring game, Korea made a breakthrough in the fourth end after scoring four points to give them a 6-4 lead. New Zealand hit back in the seventh end as skip, Peter de Boer, made a hit to take four points of their own and swung the advantage back to New Zealand. In the last end, New Zealand did just enough to take a single point needed for their 11-10 victory.

Afterwards, New Zealand Vice-Skip, Sean Becker, said: “There’s plenty of curl on that sheet so it’s easy to come back if your down because it’s hard to make those run-back doubles and difficult shots like that. So both Teams always had a lot of rocks in play today. We’re not a really big peeling team, we’re more of an aggressive playing team and that’s reflected in the scoreline.”

He continued: “I actually thought the fourth end was the turning point in the game when he (Korea skip, Soo-Hyuk Kim) made a great double from one off the side of the house and took our shot out in the back of the two foot. It seesawed the whole way throughout the game. I think you’re a little more pumped up and there’s a little bit more adrenalin in the body when the games like that, but we’re just out there throwing the rocks and trying to make the shots. The ice is swinging quite a bit so if you’re just not quite right then anything can happen.”

In the other men’s games, Australia gave Japan, sitting at the top of the standings, a stern test. Although Japan never lost the lead throughout this game, there was only ever a point or two between the Teams. However, Japan held on and after scoring a single point in the ninth end, ran Australia out of stones in the tenth end to win 6-4 and finish the day at the top of the men’s standings with six wins and one loss.

China got revenge on Chinese Taipei after losing to them earlier in the week as they were 7-3 winners after eight ends of play, by in large thanks to scores of three points in the second and seventh ends.

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 Session 7:
China 7, Chinese Taipei 3
New Zealand 11, Korea 10
Japan 6, Australia 4

Women Session 8:
China 10, New Zealand 2
Korea 9, Japan 3

Women Session 9:
China 7, Australia 2

STANDINGS (W-L)

Men:
1. Japan 6-1
2. China 4-3
2. New Zealand 4-3
2. Chinese Taipei 4-3
5. Korea 3-4
6. Australia 0-7

Women:
1. Korea 5-0
2. China 5-1
3. Japan 2-3
4. New Zealand 1-4
5. Australia 0-5


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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)

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