The NZ Women were neck-and-neck with their Korean opponents for much of their bronze medal match at the 2009 Pacific Curling Championships in Karuizawa, Japan today, but Korea took control at the end to record an 8-5 victory.
In a repeat of the 2008 result at Naseby, the Chinese teams won both the Men's and Women's gold medals.
Both finals saw comprehensive wins to China. The Japanese took both silver medals and the Koreans both bronze, with the Korean men needing a 4 on the final end to sneak past Australia 8-7.
Although no doubt disappointed on missing out on a medal, the Kiwi women will have gained confidence after recording some good wins during the tournament, including one against each of the strong Chinese and Japanese sides.
The NZ men finished in fifth place, narrowly missing out on a semi-final berth.
Earlier NZ Curling articles
- 19 Nov 2009 – NZ women to play for Pacific bronze
- 18 Nov 2009 – Tough task for NZ Women at Pacifics
- 17 Nov 2009 – NZ Men face must-win match, Women in semis
- 15 Nov 2009 – NZ teams well placed after first round
- 14 Nov 2009 – Kiwis on the board in Japan
- 11 Nov 2009 – Pacific Championships 2009 begin in Japan
Otago Daily Times
- 19 Nov 2009 – Kudos for NZ women in taking win against China
- 18 Nov 2009 – Kiwi women through to semis
NZ women to play for Pacific bronze
The New Zealand women will play Korea for the bronze medal at the Pacific Curling Championships in Karuizawa, Japan later today, despite a brave showing in their semifinal against China yesterday.
The Kiwis, ranked 20th in the world, rocked the world champion Chinese by winning the third match in their best-of-five semifinal series 8-6, but the Chinese game back in the next to win 10-3 and take the contest by three games to one.
Bridget Becker, Brydie Donald, Marisa Jones and Natalie Campbell started the day needing to win all three games, as the China had won both of the round robin games for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.
In yesterday's first semifinal NZ stole 3 on the fourth end and scored another triple on the seventh on the way to their upset win. The Chinese wrapped it up in the next game, controlling the scoreline from the outset and making crucial steals through the middle part of the game.
Today's gold medal and bronze medal matches are all single games rather than best-of-five format of the semifinals; it is the semifinals that are the crucial contests for World Championship qualification, with gold and silver medallists both going to the Worlds.
China will play Japan in both the Men's and Women's finals today. NZ play Korea for the Women's bronze, and it will be Australia who take on Korea for the Men's bronze medal.
The NZ Men finished fifth, just missing out on a semifinal spot in their last preliminary match on Monday.
Tough task for NZ Women at Pacifics
18 Nov 2009 – Bridget Becker and her New Zealand teammates Brydie Donald, Marisa Jones and Natalie Campbell face a huge task in their semi-final at the Pacific Curling Championships in Karuizawa, Japan later today.
The Kiwis play the Chinese world champions in a best-of-five contest. China won both of the qualifying round matches between the sides, and these count as the first two games of the semi-final. So NZ start at 0-2 and need to win the remaining three if they are to progress to the gold medal match.
Japan also take a 2-0 lead over Korea into the other Women's semi-final.
In the Men's draw Korea won the last sudden-death qualifier against Dan Mustapic's New Zealand team, pushing the Kiwis out of semi-final contention. A triple on the sixth end took the Koreans out to a 5-1 lead, and from there they controlled the match to record a 7-3 victory.
The undefeated Chinese men take a 2-0 lead on games into their semi-final against Australia and Japan start at 2-0 ahead of Korea in the other.
Semi-final winners will play off in the Pacific Championship final on Thursday, and will also qualify for the 2010 World Championships.
NZ Men face must-win match, Women in semis
17 Nov 2009 – The NZ Men's team face a very simple equation in their last round robin game at the Pacific Curling Championships in Karuizawa, Japan tonight. The winner of their game against Korea will qualify for tomorrow's semi-finals, whereas the loser will probably miss out.
China, with a 9-0 win-loss record and Japan (8-1) currently top the table and are certain qualifiers. Australia, Korea and New Zealand all have a 3-6 record and are battling for the other two semi-final places. The Aussies play sixth-ranked Chinese Taipei and will no doubt fancy their chances, so it is likely to come down to a winner-takes-all result in the Korea-NZ match.
Australia and New Zealand were also competing for the last remaining semi-final place in the Women's competition this afternoon. Australia upset their NZ neighbours yesterday to record their first win and give themselves a chance, but needed to beat Korea in their last match to force a tie-breaker for fourth spot. They were unable to do so, and NZ qualified for a semi-final against China despite being well beaten by Japan in their final round robin game.
NZ teams well placed after first round
15 Nov 2009 – New Zealand's Men's and Women's teams are both in with a good chance to qualify for the semi-finals of the 2009 Pacific Curling Championships in Karuizawa, Japan.
The first of the double round robin section of the tournament has just been completed, with the Men lying fourth of the six teams while the Women are in a three-way tie for second of five teams.
The Kiwi women, with a world ranking of 20th, upset the 10th-ranked Japanese yesterday to record an emphatic 8-4 victory. The Chinese world champions top the table with a 4-0 win-loss record, and New Zealand, Korea and Japan all sit at 2-2. Australia have yet to record a win.
The NZ Men have beaten Australia and Chinese Taipei in the first round to sit in fourth spot on the table at 2-3. Ahead of them are China with a perfect 5 win record, Japan at 4-1 and Korea at 3-2. The second half of the double round robin continues through until Tuesday evening New Zealand time.
Kiwis on the board in Japan
14 Nov 2009 – The New Zealand Men's and Women's teams recorded their first victories at the 2009 Pacific Curling Championships at the end of the second day's competition in Karuizawa, Japan last night. Both were tight games against their Trans-Tasman rivals, and both were critical to the Kiwis' play-off prospects.
Bridget Becker's four took a double on the 10th end to come out with an 8-7 result, the first time NZ had been ahead in the game. Dan Mustapic's Men followed in the last round of the day, stealing the final end for a 4-2 victory over the Australian side that won this year's inaugural 100% Pure NZ Winter Games.
Teams will continue through the first of a double round robin today. The NZ women have a tough day ahead against the top-ranked Chinese and Japanese teams. The Men will take on the much-improved Chinese Taipei side, who have been unlucky with two extra-end losses in their first three games.
Pacific Championships 2009 begin in Japan
Media release 11 Nov 2009 – World Curling Federation
KARUIZAWA, Nagano, Japan – The Pacific Curling Championships for 2009 are underway in Karuizawa, Nagano with the finals taking place on Thursday 19 November.
The full playing schedule for the event can be seen here:
And team standings:
http://www.ac.auone-net.jp/~pcc2009 – follow links to the men’s and women’s competition.
In the women’s competition teams from Australia , China , Japan , Korea and New Zealand will play to secure the two World Curling Federation Pacific Zone qualification places for the Ford World Women’s Curling Championships 2010 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan , Canada (20-28 March).
Full women’s team line ups can be seen here:
In the men’s competition teams from Australia , China , Chinese Taipei, Japan , Korea and New Zealand will vie for the top two spots that will win them places at the Capital One World Men’s Curling Championship 2010, in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy (3-11 April).
Full men’s team line ups can be seen here:
The event is being staged in the SCAP Karuizawa Arena which is next to the venue which hosted the curling for the Winter Olympic Games in Nagano in 1998. Last year, Naseby in New Zealand hosted the Pacific Championships. The 2008 results –
- Men: 1-CHN 2-JPN 3-NZL 4-KOR 5-AUS 6-TPE
- Women: 1-CHN 2-KOR 3-JPN 4-NZL 5-AUS