MIXED FORTUNES FOR GB WHEELCHAIR CURLERS

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It was a day of mixed results for the Paralympics GB wheelchair curlers who bounced back to defeat Germany 8-3 before losing out 9-3 to the USA, on the fifth day of action at the Gangneung Curling Centre.

Skip Aileen Neilson said afterwards: “You just have to be mentally strong in these moments. We came out after yesterday’s two disappointments and played really well in our first game.

“That was what we planned to do this afternoon but unfortunately it didn’t work out. The USA played better.

“I missed crucial draws which, if you don’t make these draws, you lose the game.

“We played another end to try and get another score on the board and to give ourselves a bit more of a feel for the ice.

“No disrespect to the USA but we just thought if we could score some shots, you just never know, you can score a big end. But they were just on fire and made everything.

“In the past we have been well down and have come back. At the break that was what our coach said and she told us it’s not over and it is never over until the last stone is thrown.

“We’re disappointed obviously but we’ll have to come out all guns blazing.

The British quartet will face China who are currently top of the standings and hosts Korea tomorrow on the final day of the round robin curling competition at the Paralympic Games.

Team:

Aileen Neilson (Strathaven) - 45
Gregor Ewan (Elgin) - 46
Hugh Nibloe (Stranraer) - 35
Robert McPherson (Bellshill) - 49
Angie Malone MBE (Glasgow) – 52

Schedule (GMT) and results:

Saturday 10 March
5.35am GB v Norway 5-2

Sunday 11 March
12.35am GB v Switzerland 4-7
10.35am GB v Finland 9-2

Monday 12 March
5.35am GB v Sweden 6-1
10.35am GB v Canada 8-1

Tuesday 13 March
5.35am GB v Slovakia 5-6
10.35am GB v Neutral Paralympic Athletes 2-8

Wednesday 14 March
12.35am GB v Germany 8-3
5.35am GB v USA 3-9

Thursday 15 March
12.35am GB v Korea
10.35am GB v China

Friday 16 March
12.35am Tie breaker (if required)
6.35am Semi finals

Saturday 17 March
12.35am Bronze medal game
5.35am Gold medal game

Results

Photos: WCF – Celine Stucki

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