16 October 2018

Matsumura and Fujisawa heading to Omaha

© WCF / Céline Stucki

Japan announced their line-up for the second leg

Team Yuta Matsumura have been picked to represent Japan in the men’s event in the second leg of the Curling World Cup in Omaha from 5-9 December.

Matsumura’s rink have been in fine form in recent months, picking up their second win of the season this past weekend at the Driving Force Abbotsford Cash Spiel in British Columbia, after winning the Oakville Fall Classic in August – beating Team Peter de Cruz in the process.

The team is skipped by 29-year-old Yuta Matsumura – older brother to former national champion Chiaki Matsumura. He is joined by the experienced Tetsuro Shimizu, who has won eight Pacific-Asia Championship medals and made six World Championship appearances.

Vice-skip Shinya Abe and second Yasumasa Tanida make up the rest of the team, with Kosuke Aita the alternate for the Japanese rink.

Team Satsuki Fujisawa will fly the flag for Japan in the women’s event in Omaha once again after their appearance in the first leg in Suzhou in September.

The rink finished second in their group in China behind Olympic champions Team Anna Hasselborg and were the only team to beat the Swedes in the round robin stage.

The ever-popular Chinami Yoshida is the team’s vice-skip, with her younger sister Yurika the lead and Yumi Suzuki completing the rink as their third.

The world’s number nine ranked team last won an event at the Karuizawa International last December and will look to book their place in the Grand Final in Beijing next May by claiming gold in Omaha.

The bronze medallists from the PyeongChang Olympics earlier this year will compete in the Canad Inns Curling Classic this weekend. The highly competitive field includes United States’ Team Jamie Sinclair and Canada’s Team Tracy Fleury - both of whom are also competing in Omaha.

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