Flying start for Moray pair at World Championships – but then a stutter

Gregor Ewan (left) and Jim Gault (centre) in Finland this week

Moray’s Paralympic wheelchair bronze medallists got off to the perfect start on their return to top class action this week at the World Championships being held in Lohja, Finland.

Elgin’s Gregor Ewan and Jim Gault from Lossiemouth were once again in a Scottish four skippered by Aileen Neilson, and got off to the best possible start on Saturday with a stunning 12-2 victory over Germany.

They followed that up with another win – this time 6-2 over Sweden, before going down narrowly by a 6-4 margin to much fancied China, who they beat for the Bronze Medal in Sochi last year.

Following their opening day win skipper Neilson said: “I think if we start well it really builds confidence – if it starts from the first stone then that can develop through.

“So getting those first few stones in the right place is really crucial and the guys followed it up and when we had to clear stones we were making peels and that’s important when you get a big lead like that.

“It’s easy for some teams if they get a lot of stones in play to crawl back so it’s really important that we kept it really clean and clear.”

Sadly on Monday morning the Scots went down again to Russia by a 6-3 margin, before facing Norway in the afternoon session, losing out 6-2.

Today the Scots will take on Paralympic champions Canada before facing Slovakia in the afternoon session. They will wrap up the round-robin section of the championships on Wednesday when they face the United States and hosts Finland.

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