PACC 2013: Korea & China women and Japan & China men to play for gold
November 18, 2013
Korea and China women and Japan and China men have qualified for the gold medal games at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2013 being held in Shanghai, China.
Their semi-final wins mean that China and Korea women have automatically qualified for the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship 2014, taking place in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.
China, as host, and Japan men have now qualified for the World Men’s Curling Championship 2014 which is taking place in Beijing, China.
In the women’s semi-finals, China started well against Japan, taking three points in the first end. Japan imMediately hit back with two points in the second end but China skip, Bingyu Wang, extended their lead with a hit for two points in the third end.
China continued to dominate throughout this game, taking another three points in both the seventh and ninth ends as well, on their way to a 12-6 victory after nine ends.
This was their third win against Japan at the Championships, and as their first two round-robin games counted as the first two of their best of five series, they won the semi-final series.
Afterwards, China skip, Bingyu Wang, said: “It is amazing to have qualified for the World Championship. I’m so happy because the last few years we have been able to play in the World Championships, sometimes we have played not very well but we have still enjoyed going there and have learned a lot from our experiences.”
On their semi-final performance against Japan, Wang said: “We were more patient than Japan and of course we were lucky to get three points in the first end as we were able to lead for the rest of the game and win.”
Korea were in the same position as China having won their two round-robin games against New Zealand. Starting well in this game, New Zealand went 4-2 after three ends of play.
Korea battled back however, stealing three single points in the fifth, sixth and seventh ends before stealing another two points in the eighth end as they went on to win 9-5 after nine ends of play.
Afterwards, Korea skip, Ji-Sung Kim, said: “Today we did not play well but we are very happy to go back to the World Championships in Canada - we are all very excited!”
On tomorrow’s gold medal game she added: “It will be a very hard game for us against China in the final. We need to keep focused and each player, in each position, must get a good feeling for the ice and stones early on in the game.”
Both of the men’s semi-finals were a lot closer. Having beaten Korea twice in the round-robin, Japan needed one more win against them to seal their victory in the best of five semi-final.
Both Teams were locked together throughout the early stages of the game before Korea looked to take advantage as they scored four points in the seventh end to take a 7-4 lead with only three ends to play.
Japan skip, Yusuke Morozumi had other ideas though and they hit back imMediately with four points of their own in the eighth end to gain a one point advantage.
Korea then decided to blank the ninth end as they looked for the two points needed to win the semi-final. Japan dug in however and managed to steal one point in the tenth end to seal their 9-7 victory, a place in the gold medal game against China and a ticket to the World Men’s Curling Championship 2014.
Afterwards, Japan skip, Yusuke Morozumi, said: “It feels excellent to have qualified for the Men’s World Championship. We made some critical mistakes in that game but we got back into it straight away which showed great courage - I really want to thank my team members for that.”
Looking towards the final he said: “Japan have not won the gold medal at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships for a long time so we want to do our country proud and take the gold medals home to Japan.”
In the other men’s semi-final, China had a two win advantage against New Zealand following their round-robin games. They looked nervous early on in the game but rallied together in the fourth end as skip, Rui Liu made a draw for three points.
They followed that up with a steal of two points in the following end as, with his last shot, New Zealand skip, Peter de Boer, could not remove all three China stones in the house. This gave China a 7-3 lead which proved too much for New Zealand to battle back from. The game finished 11-7 in China’s favour to progress them into the gold medal game.
Tomorrow’s medal games begin at 14:30 (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
Tuesday November 19, 2013
(all games will be played at 14:00 CST)
Women’s Medal Games
Gold: Korea v China
Bronze: Japan v New Zealand
Men’s Medal Games
Gold: Japan v China
Bronze: New Zealand v Korea
New Zealand 5, Korea 9
China 12, Japan 6
Korea 7, Japan 9
China 11, New Zealand 7
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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)