Peter de Boer.
New Zealand is struggling after two days of the Asia and
Pacific championships and needs a quick reversal of form to
reach the semifinals.
The men's and women's teams both sit at the bottom of the
championship table in the event that is being held on home
soil at the Naseby Indoor Curling Rink.
The men lost their first two games and the women their first
The men have four games left to turn around their fortunes
and pick up a spot in the semifinals.
New Zealand lost to Japan 8-5 yesterday after dropping four
shots on the fourth of 10 ends.
Accurate draw play by Japan left it just four stones in the
house and its blocks made it difficult for New Zealand to
Skip Peter de Boer attempted to reduce the count to one with
his last stone but it rolled outside the house and New
Zealand trailed 7-2.
New Zealand fought back by scoring shots on the fifth and
But it was up against a Japanese team that was desperate for
the win and kept knocking the New Zealand rocks out of the
The best Japanese player was second Tetsuro Shimizu, who was
steady as a rock.
The strong Chinese team leads the competition with two wins.
It beat Kazakhstan 8-4 yesterday by scoring a two on the
first end, three on the third, two on the sixth and a single
on the ninth end.
China, which is ranked sixth on the Olympic qualifying points
table, honed its skills on the tough Canadian circuit.
A feature of its game is its ability to exploit any
opposition weakness and add extra shots.
The only other unbeaten men's team is Korea that had a bye
yesterday and has a win from its first game.
Australia, which lost narrowly to Korea 9-8 on Sunday, came
back strongly to beat Chinese Taipei 5-4 when skip Ian
Palangio scored the winning shot with the last stone of the
The New Zealand women's team lost its second game to China
10-2 when the game ended after seven of the 10 ends. It then
lost to Japan 9-2.
Japan led 5-1 after four ends, but New Zealand fought back
and held Japan scoreless on the next three ends, before Japan
clinched the win by scoring two shots on the eighth and ninth
China leads the women's competition with four wins and is
followed by Japan (three) and Korea (two).
Korea gave China a fright and had locked the scores at 6-6
after the ninth end. But China had the last rock and scored
the winning shot on the 10th end to win the game 7-6.
China got off to a flying start in its fourth game last night
and led Kazakhstan 9-1 after just three ends by scoring a
four on the first end and five on the third. The game was
called off after six of the 10 ends, with China winning 12-3.
Play continues today.