|L-R Scott Becker, Brett Sargon, Peter de Boer and Sean Becker in Almaty. Photo © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik|
15 Nov 2015 – No medals will be coming home with the New Zealand teams from the recent Pacific-Asia Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
The Kiwi men placed fourth overall in the eight team competition – the largest field in the competition's history – while the NZ women finished at the tail of their five team field.
For the New Zealand men it could not have been any closer though, with a one point loss to Japan in their semi-final and then another one point loss to the Chinese in the bronze medal game.
In the round robin, an opening win over the hosts was followed by an extra-end, single point loss against Australia and then a last stone loss to the Japanese. Wins later in the competition against Chinese Taipei and Hong Kong were enough to earn a tiebreaker against Australia.
New Zealand scored a crucial three in the ninth end to record a 9-4 win in the tiebreaker, but their playoff games both ended in the narrowest of losses. Four of the sides six losses in Almaty were by a single point.
Korea beat Japan 11-7 in the gold medal game, both sides qualifying for the 2016 World Men's Championship in Switzerland.
Japan, Korea and China dominated the Women's double round robin. The three teams all finished the double round robin with the same 6 win - 2 loss record. After winning a game agaist each other, New Zealand and Kazakhstan fought out a tight tiebreaker for the remaining semi-final spot.
The home side stole two points in the final end to win the decider and consign the Kiwis to fifth place overall.
Japan edged out Korea 8-7 for the gold medal, and both teams qualified for the 2016 World Women's Championship. China won the bronze medal game 16-0 over Kazakhstan.
Next year's Pacific-Asia Championships are scheduled for Korea in November..