Published: 12/03/2018 14:56 - Updated: 12/03/2018 15:07

Solid start for Ewan and Team GB curlers

IT’S been a good start to the Paralympic Winter Games for Moray wheelchair curler Gregor Ewan.Team GB

Ewan and his Team GB colleagues have won four of their opening five matches in PyeongChang, South Korea to keep them on course for a medal.

In the opening game of the curling competition on Saturday, Britain recovered from losing the first shot to pick up a 5-2 win over world champs Norway.

Ewan, along with skip Aileen Neilson, vice-skip Bob McPherson and team newcomers Hugh Nibloe, lost their second match 7-4 to Switzerland on Sunday.

But since then the British rink has hit top form, winning their next three matches with an end to spare.

In their second game on Sunday, Ewen and his team-mates scored doubles at four ends on the way to a resounding 9-2 success over Finland.

On Monday they scored in each of the first five ends to consign Sweden to a 6-1 defeat.

Then in their most recent game, also on Monday, Team GB scored an 8-1 victory over a Canada rink which had won their first three matches.

A triple in the seventh end again made sure Britain didn’t even need to play the eighth and final end.

China are the only one of the 12 nations taking part to win all five of their matches so far.

Britain, along with host nation Korea and Germany, make up the top four places in the group.

Four qualify at the end of the round-robin stages to the semi-finals and play for the chance to take part in the gold medal matches. The losing semi-finalists then meet each other with the bronze medal prize at stake.

Ewan (46), from Elgin, was part of Team GB’s bronze-winning team in Sochi four years ago, along witgh Lossiemouth colleague Jim Gault.

On Tuesday Britain play Slovakia and NPA (Neutral Paralympic Athletes) from Russia aiming to strengthen their position in the round-robin stages.

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