PACC 2013: Semi-finals determined

Korea skip, Soo-Hyuk Kim, guided his team to the semi-finals earlier today Photo: Chinese Curling Association/Yang Gao

The semi-finals have now been determined following the conclusion of the round-robin at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2013 being held in Shanghai, China.

In the women’s Championship, Korea finished first and China second - both had a win-loss record of 7-1 and both had beaten one another during the round-robin. Korea however finished with the better Draw Shot Challenge average therefore as a result finished above China in the standings. Japan finished in third and New Zealand in fourth.

That means that Korea will now play New Zealand in one semi-final, while China will play Japan in the other semi-final.

In the men’s Championship, Japan finished first, New Zealand second, China third and Korea fourth. That means that Japan will now play Korea in one semi-final and New Zealand will play China in the other.

All semi-finals will be the best of five games with the first two round-robin games between the two Teams counting as the first two Results of the series.

The final standings were determined following the sixth day of play at the Championships which saw two sessions being played.

In the morning games Korea men guaranteed their spot in the semi-finals in their winner takes all game against Chinese Taipei. After taking three points in the first end it looked as though it could be a one sided affair, but Chinese Taipei hit back. After seven ends of play the scores were tied at 6-6 but Korea managed another score of three points in the eighth end before Chinese Taipei conceded in the tenth end with the final score 9-7.

After the game, Korea skip, Soo-Hyuk Kim, said: “I am so happy, really happy to have qualified for the semi-finals. We played ok in this game, sometimes good, sometimes bad. We missed a lot of easy shots so we need some more practice.”

On their semi-final prospects he added: “Of course we would love to go to the World Championships but this year, I don’t know if we will make it. Next year we will definitely be aiming for the World Championships.”

The men’s game between New Zealand and Japan finished with exactly the same scoreline. New Zealand grabbed a crucial advantage in the first end, taking three points and a lead they would never lose. After New Zealand stole two points in the seventh and eighth ends, Japan hit back with three points of their own in the ninth end, to tie the game and set up a nervy finish. New Zealand held on however and scored the two points needed for their 9-7 win.

In the only women’s game of the morning, it was a dress-rehearsal for the semi-finals as Korea played New Zealand. With the best of five series in mind, Korea took a crucial advantage as they won this game 9-2 after seven ends to take a two game advantage into their semi-final against New Zealand.

In the other women’s game, it was a game of two halves in the game between China and Japan. The scores were tied 3-3 at the fifth end break but China made the breakthrough in the sixth end, scoring four points, stealing a single point in the seventh end before taking another three points in the ninth and final end with the final score 11-5.

Two games were played in the afternoon, both of which ended Australia men and women’s Championships with neither team having won a game.

Australia men found it tough against China and were 6-1 down after four ends of play. They narrowed the gap to 7-4 by the eighth end but after China took another two points in the ninth end Australia decided to concede in the tenth end with the final score 9-4.

In the other game, Japan women picked up a confidence boosting win against Australia. Scoring five points in the first end set them up well and after stealing another two points in the second end it was one way traffic. Japan won the game 12-3 in only six ends to bring an end to a disappointing Championship for Australia.

After their win, Japan skip, Ayumi Ogasawara, said: “That win was great for our confidence going into the semi-finals but we know it will be a very hard game. We’re playing China who we have already lost twice to. The earlier games against them were not that bad, however, China got a big end, they got four points in one end (in their second round-robin game against them), so we just need to stop giving them the opportunity to get these big ends against us.”

She continued: “We need to make sure that everyone in the team, from lead to skip, has a responsibility to make their shots and play well. If tomorrow we lose one of the games, it is the end for us. We just need to take it one shot at a time and, most importantly, make sure all our shots are good shots!”

Tomorrow’s first semi-finals begin at 09:30 (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

Schedule

Monday, November 17, 2013
09:30: Semi-finals (Game three of best of five series)
14:30 Semi-finals (Game four of best of five series – if required)

Results

Men Session 10:
New Zealand 9, Japan 7
Korea 9, Chinese Taipei 7

Men Session 11:
Australia 4, China 9
Women Session 13:
New Zealand 2, Korea 9
China 11, Japan 5

Women Session 13:
New Zealand 2, Korea 9
China 11, Japan 5

Women Session 14:
Japan 12, Australia 3

STANDINGS (W-L)

Men:
1. Japan 8-2 (Qualified for 1v4 semi-final against Korea - Japan currently lead best of five series 2-0)
2. New Zealand 7-3 (Qualified for 2v3 semi-final against China - China currently lead best of five series 2-0)
3. China 6-4 (Qualified for 2v3 semi-final against New Zealand)
4. Korea 5-5 (Qualified for 1v4 semi-final against Japan)
5. Chinese Taipei 4-6
6. Australia 0-10

Women:
1. Korea 7-1 (Qualified for 1v4 semi-final against New Zealand - Korea currently lead best of five series 2-0)*
2. China 7-1 (Qualified for 2v3 semi-final against Japan - China currently lead best of five series 2-0)*
3. Japan 4-4 (Qualified for 2v3 semi-final against)
4. New Zealand 2-6 (Qualified for 1v4 semi-final against Korea)
5. Australia 0-8

*Korea finished above China as although both had the same win-loss record and had won one game against one another in the round-robin, Korea had a better average Draw Shot Challenge (DSC).

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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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