Team GB were facing defeat when they found themselves 6-2 down with just two ends remaining with their USA opponents having the advantage of the ‘hammer’ (last shot) in the last end.
However, Aileen Neilson’s quartet pulled out an amazing five shots to move into the final end one shot in front. The Americans came back to claim a single to draw level – but the brave GB side fought back yet again to take the vital single stone in the extra end to clinch victory.
Knowing they had to win both matches today to ensure a place in the semi-finals, Team GB promoted Lossiemouth curler Jim Gault after he had shown the most consistent form in the lead up to today’s final round-robin games.
Alternate curler Angie Malone was also drafted in to play the first stones for Team GB – and both changes proved vital as Gault returned a 60% accuracy and Malone 65% in this morning’s game, ably supported by Elgin’s Gregor Ewan at 58% with Neilson recovering from a poor start to 34%.
Defeat at the hands of China in their final round-robin game left Team GB in fourth place and into the semi-finals where they will face Russia.