It has been another busy weekend of curling around the world so here’s a summary of what’s been going on.
At the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship, Cory Heggestad’s Ontario defeated Brent MacDougall’s Nova Scotia 10-3. This was the 50th edition of the competition and Heggestad’s win represents Ontario’s third title. Full report here.
At the Thun Invitational in Switzerland, Bruce Mouat’s team of Duncan Menzies, Derrick Sloan and Angus Dowell won six straight games to reach the final against André Neuenschwander’s Swiss outfit. The final went all the way but Bruce and his team couldn’t finish on a perfect seven wins, losing out 5-4.
In the girls’ event, Maggie Wilson and her team won two and lost three and missed out on the playoffs. Jennifer Martin and her team of Hazel Smith, Vicky Wright and Mhairi Baird fared better and, like Team Mouat, made it to the final. The result, however, has not been posted on the event website so I am awaiting confirmation of how they got on. Can anyone in the know help me out at all?
Just an aside, but I couldn’t help noticing that the Friday afternoon game between Carole Howald of Switzerland and Aylin Lutz of Germany featured a score of SEVEN by the Swiss team in the first end. They went on to win 12-5 after six ends – what a great way to start a game…
Murrayfield was hosting the Edinburgh International Seniors this weekend. In the men’s event final, Keith Prentice beat David Clydesdale 8-2 after seven ends. In the women’s final, Kate Adams defeated Barbara Watt 5-4. Full details are here.
Apologies but I don’t have the results of the Lockerbie Superspiel, the latest stop on the Scottish Curling Tour. The draw was here but watch this space…
Contrary to my previous post there were, in fact, four RCCC Funspiel Qualifiers over the weekend at Dumfries, Perth, Forfar and Braehead. There were under 13 and under 15 games taking place and the scores from Dumfries are here. I would check the RCCC website in the coming days for more information.
Finally, the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships came to an end in Naseby, New Zealand with a remarkable pattern in the final games. In both the men’s and women’s events, the final was contested between China and Japan while the fight for bronze in both draws was Australia against Korea:
Both the Chinese men’s and women’s teams are celebrating after winning the finals of the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2012 in Naseby, New Zealand. China men won gold after defeating Japan 6-2. Japan took silver while Australia won bronze after defeating Korea. The Chinese women defeated Japan 10-4 earlier on Sunday. Korea won the women’s bronze medal game against Australia.
In the men’s final, Japanese skip, Yusuke Morozumi, kept his side in the game early on after China decided to blank the first end. Morozumi made a triple take-out and then another double take-out with his second stone in the second end, which forced China to take a single point.
After China stole another point in the third end, a score of one point in the fourth end for Japan meant the score was still close at 2-1 going into the fifth end. It wasn’t until the seventh end that China got a much needed two points thanks to a simple draw shot by Chinese skip, Rui Liu. The Japanese skip was short with his last draw to blank the eighth end and with a score of one point in the ninth end, Japan decided to shake hands and end the game in the tenth end with the final score at 6-2.
Having played in the gold medal game, China, skipped by Rui Liu and with Xiaoming Xu third, Jialiang Zang second and Dexin Ba lead, join Japan who were skipped by Yusuke Morozumi, with Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi third, Tetsuro Shimizu second and Kosuke Morozumi lead, at the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2013 in Canada.
In the women’s final, China, skipped by Bingyu Wang, with Yin Liu (Third), Qingshuang Yue (Second) and Yan Zhou (Lead), and Japan, skipped by Satsuki Fujisawa, with Miyo Ichikawa (Third), Emi Shimizu (Second) and Chiaki Matsumura (Lead), proved why they were the top two teams in the Championship, with little separating them in the opening stages of the game.
The shot of the game came in the fifth end when Japan skip, Satsuki Fujisawa, on her last stone, made a triple raise to take one point and tie the teams at 3-3. Fujisawa however was inches wide with an attempted tap back with her last stone which gave China skip, Bingyu Wang, the opportunity to draw for four points in the sixth end which gave China a crucial lead. Japan did not recover and in the ninth end they decided to shake hands and end the game with the final score 10-4.
The men’s bronze medal game proved to be another exciting game for spectators. Australia changed their line-up which saw Hugh Millikin skip the team but play second stones, Sean Hall moved up to play fourth stones, Ian Palangio third and Stephen Johns still as lead.
Korea also made a change in their line-up, with Chang-Min Kim skip, Min-Chan Kim third, Eun-Su Oh replaced Se-Hyeon Seong as second and Young-Seon Seo as lead.
Australia were rewarded for early pressure when they forced a mistake from Korea in the first end. The final draw from Korea clipped a guard and Australia stole three points. However Korea battled back, taking a score of two points in the second and stealing a single point in the third end.
Australia hit back with two points in the fourth end and a steal of one point in the fifth end to lead 6-3 going into the break. Korea skip, Chang-Min Kim, made a simple take-out in the sixth end to take two points and get within a point of Australia. However, playing fourth stones today, Sean Hall made a double take-out to score three points in the seventh end to give them a 9-5 advantage. Korea took a single point in the eighth and stole a point in the ninth but Australia finished in style as Sean Hall made a triple take-out to score one point and seal the bronze medal for Australia with the final score 10-7.
The women’s bronze medal game was a little more one sided. Korea, skipped by Eun-Jung Kim, with Kyeong-Ae Kim (Third), Seon-Yeong Kim (Second) and Yeong-Mi Kim (Lead), took advantage of hammer in the first end to score two points. Australia, skipped by Kim Forge, with Laurie Weeden (Fourth), Lyn Gill (Second) and Blair Murray (Lead), responded with a single point in the second end before Korea doubled their score with another two points in the third end. With Australia blanking the fourth end, Korea managed to steal another point to lead 5-1 at the fifth end break.
Australia took another single point in the sixth end and stole another point in the seventh end, which kept them within touching distance of Korea. However, Korea Skip, Eun-Jung Kim, made a difficult take out in the eighth end to give her team four more points which was enough to make Australia concede in the ninth end with the final score at 9-3.
Final Standings PACC 2012 (Team won-lost)
1. China 11-1 (Gold medal & qualified for World Women’s Curling Championship 2013) 2. Japan 8-5 (Silver medal & qualified for World Women’s Curling Championship 2013) 3. Korea 9-4 (Bronze medal) 4. Australia 4-9 5. New Zealand 3-8 6. Kazakhstan 1-9
1. China 8-1 (Gold medal & qualified for Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2013) 2. Japan 6-3 (Silver medal & qualified for Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2013) 3. Australia 5-4 (Bronze medal) 4. Korea 5-4 5. Chinese Taipei 2-4 6. New Zealand 1-5 7. Kazakhstan 0-6
Bingyu Wang on the PACC podium for the ninth time in her career – she has three silver medals and this victory in Naseby was her sixth gold
The full gallery is on the event website here.
Congratulations to winners around the globe this weekend – I will fill in the blanks from Thun, Lockerbie and the funspiels early in the week so keep checking back.