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Scotland open World Wheelchair Curling Championship campaign

on 09-02-2015 10:26

Scotland have begun their qualification campaign for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang at the 2015 World Wheelchair Curling Championship in Lohja, Finland.

Scotland recorded the biggest win of the opening session of play, defeating Germany 12-2 which started off with a score of four points for Team Scotland in the first end.

By the fourth end break, Scotland were ahead 10-0 thanks to a combination of good play and German mistakes. Scotland eventually ran Germany out of stones after seven ends of play to take their first victory of the Championship.

“We’re certainly happy to come out and perform the way we know we can. We’ve been practicing hard and it’s good to get a win on the board in our first game.” Aileen Neilson

Afterwards, Scotland skip Aileen Neilson said: “We’re certainly happy to come out and perform the way we know we can. We’ve been practicing hard and it’s good to get a win on the board in our first game.”

“I think if we start well it really builds confidence. If it starts from the first stone then that can develop through." Aileen Neilson

On starting the game so well, she added: “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.”

On the second day of competition (Sunday February 8) Team Scotland started well with a 6-2 win over Sweden, but a replay of their bronze medal match at Sochi 2014 saw China this time claim the win, meaning that China and Russia remained the only unbeaten teams at the end of the second day.

Despite the final scoreline, the game against Sweden turned out to be a tight game.

Sweden opted to blank the first three ends as they looked for a big score. That came in the fourth end as skip Jalle Jungnell made a hit to score two points.

Scotland replied in the next end with a single point before stealing points in the next two ends to take the lead for the first time.

Sweden skip Jalle Jungnell wrecked on a guard with his last stone in the eighth end to give up another steal, this time of three points, to give Scotland their 6-2 win.

It was another tight game in the evening session, as China kept their flawless record intact, eventually taking the win in a tight game against Scotland.

In the first end China skip HaiTao Wang tapped out a Scottish stone to score three points to take the lead, although Scotland did score three points to level the game at 4-4 in the fourth end.

In the second half of the game China scored two more points to win 6-4, their third win of the Championship so far.

The round robin competition continues until Wednesday February 11, with finals scheduled for Friday February 13.

Results, news and photos from the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2015 can be seen on the World Curling Federation’s official event website while the Royal Caledonian Curling Club are filing daily reports on all the action.

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