PACC 2013: China men win gold
November 19, 2013
China men are the Pacific-Asia Curling champions following the final day of play at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2013 being held in Shanghai, China.
In the men’s gold medal game, Japan got off to an excellent start in their gold medal game against China, scoring three points in the first end.
China then took two points of their own in the second end. Arguably the shot of the game came in the third end when China third, Xiaoming Xu, made a quadruple take-out with his first stone, which eventually forced Japan to take a single point from what could have been many more.
China took the lead for the first time in the fifth end with a score of three points, before stealing another point in the sixth end to earn a 6-4 lead. Japan then levelled the game in the seventh end but could not hold on, as China took another two points in the ninth end and stole a point to seal their 9-6 win in the tenth end after Japan skip, Yusuke Morozumi, failed with an attempted split.
This win, thanks to skip, Rui Liu and his team of Xiaoming Xu (third), Dexin Ba (second), Jialiang Zang (lead) and Dejia Zou (alternate), was China’s seventh consecutive Pacific-Asia Curling Championship title.
After winning this title again for the sixth time in his career, China skip, Rui Liu, said: “It feels excellent to have won this Championship again, it’s very exciting for the team.”
On his team’s performance he said: “For this game, we felt very, very relaxed. There was no pressure on our shoulders so we played very well because we felt very calm. Of course, we know that Japan are a very good team - they have played together for many years and we have played them many times. When we play them it really just depends on which team makes more mistakes and thankfully, today, they did and we managed to take the win.”
After picking up the silver medals, Japan skip, Yusuke Morozumi said: “It’s good to qualify for the World Men’s Curling Championship but we just made too many simple mistakes today - I’m very disappointed.”
On their experiences at the Championships, Morozumi said: “We have learned a lot from this event and have played many games, which is good practice ahead of the Olympic Qualification event. There will be better teams in Füssen so we will need to practice more and prepare for that event which is only a few weeks away.”
In the men’s bronze medal game, Korea defeated New Zealand by stealing one point in the last end to win 7-6.
For more information about the event visit the official event website: http://pacc2013.curlingevents.com
Men's Medal Games:
Gold: China 9, Japan 6
Bronze: Korea 7, New Zealand 6
1. China 8-4 (Gold & Qualified as host for WMCC 2014)
2. Japan 9-3 (Silver & Qualified for WMCC 2014)
3. Korea 6-6 (Bronze)
4. New Zealand 7-5
5. Chinese Taipei 4-6
6. Australia 0-10
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