ParalympicsGB Wheelchair Curling rally to defeat Korea with second victory of the day
on 09-03-2014 15:20
ParalympicsGB Wheelchair Curling put in their second winning performance of the day at Sochi 2014, battling their way past 2010 Paralympic silver medallists Korea to secure a well-deserved 8-4 victory.
Following a tight match against double Paralympic bronze medallists Sweden, ParalympicsGB held their nerve and used all their tactical intelligence to hold off an experienced Korean side.
In the first end, the ParalympicsGB team seized the initiative and quickly took a one point lead. GB also dominated in the second and third ends, while Korea had the hammer but failed to capitalise on the advantage.
The GB team defended strongly during the first part of the fourth end but, despite at one stage having two GB stones in the target, they couldn't hold on and Korea went on the offensive, scoring two points to bring the score to 3-2.
Korea then drew level by scoring a third point in the fifth end, and another point on the scoreboard in the sixth meant Korea took the lead in the match.
The penultimate GB stone proved crucial in the seventh end as skip Aileen Neilson took out a carefully lined-up Korean stone past several British stones to put the ParalympicsGB team into a fantastic scoring position, scoring five points and giving ParalympicsGB a commanding 8-4 lead. As a result, the Korean team were forced to concede the eighth end.
Skip Aileen Neilson said: “It’s fantastic, that was really what we aimed to do today and we’ve managed to achieve that, so we’re really delighted and that’s going to give us a lot of confidence going into tomorrow.
“We started off well, we put pressure on the opposition and managed to steal. They had a good fight back, but we were patient and got our break in the seventh end and managed to keep it nice and clean in the eighth and run them out of stones.
“The guys are a great support, we all try and support each other no matter whether we win, whether we lose, good shot bad shot and I think that’s quite obvious to everyone that’s watching.”
Bob McPherson was also delighted with the win, saying: “It was really really good. To get two wins out there today is massive. We got off to a really good start, we were a wee bit rusty there in the middle but getting that result was a big bonus for us."
"I want to say thanks for the support back home, it’s been absolutely fabulous.”
Tomorrow morning in Alpine Skiing Kelly Gallagher and guide Charlotte Evans, Jade Etherington and her guide Caroline Powell and Anna Turney will compete in the women’s Super-G, starting at 10:00 local time, while in the afternoon the GB Wheelchair
Curling team is back in action against Slovakia at 15:30 local time.