Curlers return their best performance yet in Sochi


Moray’s Paralympic curlers were in action for a third day in Sochi – and have played their part in the most convincing win so far in the round-robin section of the tournament.

Team GB were in command from the start to claim their third win from four outings, this time defeating Slovakia, who had led the tournament with three straight wins from their opening matches.

GB skipper Aileen Neilson has clearly rid herself of the early nerves evident in the opening game against Canada, showing a shot consistency well over 90% that allowed her rink to run out 12-2 winners with some of the best curling seen so far in the tournament.

The Slovakian rink had the perfect start with a double from the first end – but the GB rink, which includes Elgin’s Gregor Ewan and Lossiemouth’s Jim Gault – levelled in the second end. From there on in it was GB all the way with steals of 1, 2, 1 and then 4 against the hammer seeing them into the seventh end with an 8-shot advantage.

GB rounded off the perfect game by stealing two more in the seventh end, leaving Slovakia with no option but to concede the match.

Neilson’s stats showed 93% accuracy in the game, with Gregor Ewan at 63%, Bob McPherson at 52% and Jim Gault at 67%.

The GB curlers are back on the rink on Tuesday when they face Finland at 5.30am and then Norway at 11.30am (both games live on Channel 4).

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