Moray pair help GB Paralympic Curlers to double victory

The Paralympics curling competition was a happier place to be today for Moray pair Gregor Ewan (Elgin) and Jim Gault (Lossiemouth) as alongside Bob McPherson and skip Aileen Neilson they recorded their first wins in Sochi.

After losing in their opening match to Canada with the last stone of the match, the GB curlers had another tense struggle early this morning against Sweden.

Again the win was decided on the final stone – with Sweden looking firm favourites as with the advantage of the hammer a straightforward takeout would have seen them clinch the game. However, having been put under pressure by Neilson’s final stone her opposite number failed to make an impression – leaving Team GB with their first win.

On Sunday afternoon the British side were back in action against Korea – again the game was tight with Team GB taken an early lead of three before finding themselves 4-3 down with two ends to play.

A stunning seventh end, however, saw Team GB count five – a four stone lead more than the Koreans would handle in the final end.

At the conclusion of a superb day for the Curlers skipper Neilson said: “I’m just delighted that the team worked so really hard together, our dynamics were brilliant and we supported each other.

“We had a good start against Korea and kept it clean but they had a good fightback. We dug in and remained patient and then had that big seventh end.”

The Curlers will now face another tough task against Slovakia on Monday (11.30am, Ch4) who have won all three of their opening matches.

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