Friday, August 28, 2009

New Zealand update

This week I've been following the curling event at the 100% Pure New Zealand Winter games, previewed here. It's reached the playoff stages.

In the men's event, where seven teams played a round robin, China beat the USA in a tie-breaker to make it to the semifinals and then met the top qualifiers, Japan. China won that 11-3 and will meet Australia, winners over Korea in the other semi, for the gold medals.

In the women’s final, the world champions China are against Japan for gold, and Korea and New Zealand contest bronze. Five countries took part and played a double round robin just to eliminate Australia.

The Winter Games website is here, and the linescores of all the games are here.

The Curling News blog has had interesting info about the games and the competitors here and here.

(Added later. Japan beat China 8-5 in the final of the women's event. And Australia beat China 9-6 for gold in the men's competition.)

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