2016 PACC
Korea won their semi-final against New Zealand. Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

12 Nov 2016 – A dominant display from Japan in the Women's bronze medal game snuffed out any chance of a New Zealand medal at the 2016 Pacific-Asia Curling Championships in Uiseong, Korea.

Together with the 5th place from the Men's side, this means neither NZ team will be playing at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang. A medal of any colour for either side would have guaranteed them a place in the last-chance 2017 Olympic Qualifying Event.

Next April's World Mixed Doubles Championship will be the final opportunity for any Kiwi curlers to book a ticket to PyeongChang.


Women

Wins against Australia and Kazakhstan late in the Round Robin phase earned the New Zealand Women a semi-final against Korea. They hung on to the Koreans for much of the match and trailed 7-4 with two ends to play.

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However a precision take-out through a port to score 5 by Korea with the last stone of the ninth end brought the game to a sudden end at 12-4.

The Japanese Women brought their "A" game to the bronze medal game, scoring 3 in the opening end and then stealing the next three ends, to lead 7-0 after four. They controlled the rest of the match to finish with a 10-3 win.

The Women's event was won by Korea 5-3 over China. Both qualify for the 2017 Women's World Championship in Beijing.


Men

The New Zealand Men came into their last three games needing to beat at least one of Korea, Japan and China to have any chance of forcing their way into the top four.

They had some opportunities but were unable to convert, and finished the Round Robin in 5th place with a 4 win - 4 loss record.

Japan won their first Men's gold medal event after six silvers, beating China 5-3 in the final. Both qualified for the 2017 Men's World Championship in Edmonton, Canada.

Korea won the bronze medal 8-6 against Chinese Taipei. For the latter side, this was their best ever result in this tournament and the first time they had made the playoffs.


Mixed Doubles

A Mixed Doubles competition was held immediately before the PACCs proper. New Zealands Bridget Becker and Scott Becker finished fifth overall with a 6-2 win-loss record.
 


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Path to PACC playoffs clearer

2016 PACC
Scott Becker, Peter de Boer and Warren Dobson. Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

9 Nov 2016 – The path to the playoffs at the Pacific-Asia Championship is becoming clearer for the New Zealand teams, with over half of the round robin stage completed at the Uiseong rink in South Korea.

The Kiwi Women will probably need to win two of their remaining three games against Australia, the strong Chinese and a rapidly improving Kazakhstan side.

The NZ Men have the "big three" of Korea, China and Japan still to play, and will need to win at least one of these to give themselves a chance.

They lost their opening match to Chinese Taipei after failing to recover from a 4-0 deficit by the third end.

Comfortable wins since against Qatar, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan and Australia means that the side are now one of five teams jammed at the top of the leaderboard with just one loss, with crunch games to come.

Skip Peter de Boer commented after their most recent match, "The way the draw was setup I was really hoping we'd be unbeaten by now because we've got Japan, Korea and China to play. If we beat two of them we'll be in the playoffs, one of them and we'll have a chance and if we beat all three of them we definitely will be. So yeah, we're feeling okay."

Chelsea Farley's NZ Women currently sit mid-table with a 2 win - 2 loss record. They started shakily, needing a steal of two points on the last end to beat Hong Kong 8-7.

"It was good," she remarked after the game. "We struggled in the middle part, but it came right for us at the end. Hong Kong were really tough and improved a lot throughout the game. They were beating us on the draw game, but when we changed to a hitting game we came back."

The side then had a tight 8-7 loss to Japan before beating Qatar comfortably, then falling to Korea in yesterday's televised match. They face China and Australia today.

The New Zealand Men play Korea today, with the match broadcast live on Sky Sport channel 55 at 6:00 pm NZT.

The round robin finishes tomorrow, and any tiebreakers will follow in the evening. The semi-finals will be held on Friday and the medals decided Saturday.


Push for Olympic Qualification

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Australian and New Zealand Women's teams at the opening ceremony. Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

6 Nov 2016 – New Zealand's curlers will have one eye on 2018 Winter Olympic qualification as they start the Pacific-Asia Championships in Uiseong, South Korea this week.

And for the first time, their fans back home will be able to watch them live.

Sky TV will feature live broadcast of 15 games from the tournament on their Sky Sport Pop-Up channels 55 and 56.

The New Zealand teams will need to medal to keep their chances alive for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. A minimum of a bronze will guarantee entry to the last-chance Olympic Qualifying Event late next year.

Gold or silver for the Kiwi Men or Women will earn them a trip to their respective 2017 World Championships, where they can earn Olympic qualification points to try for automatic entry to the 2018 Games. The Women's World's will be held in Beijing, China in mid-March, while Men's start in Edmonton, Canada a fortnight later.

Sky Sport announced last week that they will be broadcasting live at least two games per day during the event, taking the feed from World Curling TV. New Zealand's 2006 Winter Olympian Hans Frauenlob is part of the commentary team for these games.

The first New Zealand match shown will be the Women's match against hosts Korea, from 6:00pm this Tuesday 8 November on Sky channel 55.

The Men's match against Korea will be broadcast on the same channel the following evening, 6:00pm on Wednesday 9th.

 


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